Generation (aka Genera+ion) TV series: Exploring Youth Sexuality (LGBTQ, Gay, Lesbian)

Created by Zelda Barnz & Daniel Barnz

No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16

Executive producers: Daniel Barnz, Ben Barnz, Zelda Barnz, Lena Dunham, Sharr White, John Melfi, Jenni Konner

Producers: Marissa Díaz, Michael P. Cohen, Paul F. Marks
Cinematography: Sean Porter, Xavier Grobet, Laura M. Gonçalves, Yaron Orbach

Editors: Debra F. Simone, Nena Erb, Adam Burr, Todd Downing

Running time 27–39 minutes

Production companies: We’re Not Brothers Productions; Good Thing Going; Lake Theo; I Am Jenni Konner Productions

Original network HBO Max

Original release March 11, 2021 –

Generation (stylized as Genera+ion), the socially relevant dramedy TV series, premiered on HBO Max on March 11, 2021.

Featuring an ensemble cast, the story centers on a group of high school students in Orange County, California who explore their sexual identity in an ever-changing modern world.

This tests their deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.



Nathanya Alexander as Arianna, rich, foul-mouthed best friend of Naomi who hides her insecurities with bigoted jokes

Chloe East as Naomi, Nathan’s careless twin sister

Nava Mau as Ana, Greta’s aunt who takes care of her and brother

Lukita Maxwell as Delilah, Arianna and Naomi’s activist friend
Haley Sanchez as Greta, a shy lesbian with a crush on Riley

Uly Schlesinger as Nathan, Naomi’s neurotic twin brother who begins to explore his bisexuality

Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Sam, the school’s new guidance counsellor who forms a bond with Chester

Chase Sui Wonders as Riley, popular student and budding photographer who is best friends with Nathan.

Justice Smith as Chester, confident, openly gay student
Martha Plimpton as Megan, Naomi and Nathan’s highly-strung, conservative mother


Sam Trammell as Mark, Megan’s husband and father of Naomi and Nathan

Anthony Keyvan as Pablo, bad boy and Riley’s ex-hookup who works at the aquarium

J. August Richards as Joe, one of Arianna’s fathers

John Ross Bowie as Patrick, one of Arianna’s fathers and former evangelical

Mary Birdsong as Mrs. Culpepper, overly earnest head faculty member of the GSA

Patricia De Leon as Sela, Greta’s mother

Sydney Mae Diaz as J, bisexual stoner and philosopher, friends with Chester

Alicia Coppola as Carol, Riley’s suburban, meddling mother

Marwan Salama as Bo, under-the-radar student

Marisela Zumbado as Lucia, confident, queer student
Diego Josef as Cooper