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Ranking the Best Seasons of '13 Reasons Why'

July 7, 2020 114 votes 39 voters4 items

All the seasons of 13 Reasons Why have been revealing, but which seasons really stand out? After Hannah Baker commits suicide, she leaves her high school classmates cassette tapes detailing the people, moments, and conflicts that led her to that tragic choice. Some of the most memorable episodes of 13 Reasons Why come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some 13 Reasons Why seasons focus on mental health, while other good seasons follow the students as they investigate a murder. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of 13 Reasons Why are, let's rank every 13 Reasons Why season from best to worst.

13 Reasons Why is a teen drama based on Jay Asher's novel of the same name. 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix on March 31, 2017. Ending in 2020, the series featured four seasons in total, following the characters through to graduation.

Vote up your favorite seasons of 13 Reasons Why, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of 13 Reasons Why not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be painful to put one 13 Reasons Why season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    13 Reasons Why - Season 1

    13 Reasons Why - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of '13 Reasons Why'
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    The first season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on March 31, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. This season follows Clay and his classmates as they cope with the suicide of Hannah Baker.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Tape 1, Side A," "Tape 3, Side B," and "Tape 7, Side A."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Clay finds the box of Hannah's cassette tapes.
    • Hannah witnesses a something tragic.
    • Clay reaches out to Skye Miller.
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    13 Reasons Why - Season 2

    13 Reasons Why - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of '13 Reasons Why'
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    The second season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on May 18, 2018, and contains 13 episodes. This season follows the lawsuit Hannah’s parents bring against Liberty. Netflix released a video with this season discussing the topics that season covered and that provided a support website with crisis numbers for those affected by mental health issues such as depression.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "The First Polaroid," "The Third Polaroid," and "Bye."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Clay finds a Polaroid in his locker.
    • Bryce lies while testifying.
    • Clay prevents Tyler from making a deadly mistake.
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    13 Reasons Why - Season 4

    13 Reasons Why - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of '13 Reasons Why'
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    The fourth season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on June 5, 2020, and contains 10 episodes. This season finds Clay struggling with his mental health as graduation approaches.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Winter Break," "Acceptance/Rejection," and "Graduation."

    Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

    • Winston transfers to Liberty
    • A school walkout leads to a brawl between students and police officers.
    • Justin's health deteriorates.
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    13 Reasons Why - Season 3

    13 Reasons Why - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of '13 Reasons Why'
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    The third season of 13 Reasons Why premiered on August 23, 2019, and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Clay as the primary suspect in the murder of Bryce Walker.

    This season contains several unforgettable episodes including: "Yeah. I'm the New Girl," "There Are a Number of Problems with Clay Jensen," and "Let the Dead Bury the Dead."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • Police find Bryce's body.
    • Protesters interrupt Bryce's funeral.
    • Bryce's killer is revealed.
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