13 Reasons Why
Kate Walsh stars in Netflix’s upcoming series, “13 Reasons Why” which premieres on Friday. Netflix

On Friday, Netflix will release the first season of its latest series, “13 Reasons Why.” Starring Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford, the series follows teenager Clay Jensen as he searches to uncover the story behind the death of his classmate and crush, Hannah, after she decided to end her life.

The title of the series is a reference to the 13 reasons Hannah gave for her suicide, which she recorded on a cassette tape. Before the series premieres, here are five things you should know about it.

All The Episodes Will Be Released On March 31

Like most Netflix series, the first season of “13 Reasons Why” and all of its 13 episodes will be available in its entirety on March 31.

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It’s Based On A Novel

Netflix’s upcoming series is based on the 2007 book from Jay Asher, “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which became a New York Times bestseller in 2011. The novel went on to win a number of awards including best books for young adults, California book award for young adults and Kirkus Reviews editor’s choice.

Selena Gomez Serves As Executive Producer

In 2011, Universal Studios purchased the film rights with Gomez set to play the lead role of Hannah Baker, but in 2015, Netflix announced it would be making a television adaptation without the singer acting. Instead, Gomez will serve as an executive producer on the series.

Gomez Is Part Of The Soundtrack

While the singer won’t be acting in the series, she will be featured on the show’s soundtrack. On Wednesday, Gomez tweeted a teaser for the series featuring a cover of the song “Only You.”

The Cast Also Includes Some Big Names

While the majority of the cast is made up of young actors, “13 Reasons Why” also features some veterans. Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame plays the role of Hannah’s grieving mother while Brian D’Arcy plays Hannah’s father.