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Genera+ion Cast, Characters, and Show Guide

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A character guide for HBO Max’s “Genera+ion.” Included is information about characters and noteworthy information about the series.


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Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

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Genera+ion: Season 1 – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)Genera+ion, while flawed, more than makes up for its low points by featuring queer people of color who bring a wealth of diverse stories.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 16 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)All hell breaks loose at Riley's party in the season finale, and we end things with far more drama than happy endings.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 15 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The episode hones in on a party Megan throws for the kids, with the focus on Chester, Mark, and, once again, Riley.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 14 – Recap/ Review (with SpoilersIt's a complete Riley-focused episode, and while she is going through a lot, it's probably one of the most enjoyable episodes in a while.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 13 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Everything is focused on one gay club where we watch recently built relationships begin to crumble.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 12 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The Cooper dilemma is handled, but despite the compromise made, someone still loses out in the long run.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 11 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)This episode is heavily focused on Riley, Greta, and Greta's family this episode, and that's why it is damn near perfect.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 10 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)While everyone struggles with romance, some encouragement goes a long way and gives most a day/night to remember.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 9 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In Genera+ion's return, some time has passed, thus allowing for the potential of reconciliation for many – but maybe not Sam.
Genera+ion: Season 1 (Part 1) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)Genera+ion might represent the next generation of youth dramas which contain a whole new slew of problems, but they all boil down to the same you're used to.
Genera+ion: Season 1 Finale/ Episode 8 “The Last Shall Be First” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)In what is billed as the season 1, part 1 finale – Genera+ion leaves us with some hope as the healing process begins after the events of episode 7.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 7 "Desert Island" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)The height of the last episode seemingly was all about prepping us for the fall that happens in this one.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 6 "The Wheels On The Bussy" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As Riley and Greta get closer, so do Sam and Chester. But, on the opposite end, Naomi and Nathan are this close to killing the other and saying it was an accident.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 5 "Gays and Confused" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)I'd like to start a petition to make Genera+ion about Chester, Riley, and Greta the series regular, and everyone else seen sporadically.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 4 "Pussy Power" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)We're back to focusing on different perspectives of the same day, and one of the big topics is Nathan, post coming out.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 3 "Toasted" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)We learn who is giving birth in the mall bathroom as Nathan becomes the star of his sister's wedding rehearsal and Greta's dreams are deferred.
Genera+ion: Season 1/ Episode 2 "Dickscovery" – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)As the school goes into lockdown, Naomi is prepping for her first penis, Chester having a slight meltdown, and Arianna pisses you off.
Genera+ion: Season 1 Episode 1 "Pilot" [Series Premiere] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)Genera+ion seeks to break away from young adult show trends by having their characters be three-dimensional people and not primarily defined by a specific struggle.

General Information About Genera+ion

Network(s)HBO Max
Created or Developed ByZelda Barnz and Daniel Barnz
First Aired3/11/2021

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Notable Locations & Items

  • Anaheim, California (1.9): They are in or near Anaheim
  • Mary’s Hamburger (1.13): A drag club Chester loves

Other Noteworthy Information

Chester (Justice Smith)

Chester (Justice Smith) tryng to figure out Sam

Chester (Justice Smith)

The star player of the water polo team, with a 4.1 GPA, Chester is an ideal student – minus consistently breaking the dress code. But while popular and academically stellar, Chester is also a bit lonely. Add in a mother who died of cancer, a grandmother raising him, and her being his only family? Well, it makes Chester feel a longing for something stable and more.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]
  • Astrological Sign (1.2): Chester is a Scorpio
  • Grandma Does Have A Brother (1.2): It’s noted Chester’s grandmother does have a brother, so she isn’t his only family, but with him being part of QAnon, Chester isn’t close to him.
  • I Knew I Was Gay When (1.3): One of Chester’s first experiences with a penis was when he was 8 and stung by a jellyfish. While he didn’t enjoy getting peed on, seeing a big dick definitely made some other things clear to him.
  • Age (1.6): Is 17
  • Aspirations (1.6): Wants to live in London, study psychology, art, possibly literature, as well as fashion. Imagines themselves by 40 in a London townhouse overall.
  • Shoe Size (1.9): Is a size 10

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I have to leave for me, but I don’t want to leave for you.
— Chester (1.9)

[…] you should know the moment in life you stop apologizing for yourself is the moment you win.
— Chester (Quoting His Mom) (1.11)

Sam (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett)

Sam (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett) decorating his office

Sam (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett)

The new guidance counselor, who lived in Tokyo for a year, has a dark sense of humor at times and has quickly become one of Chester’s favorite people.

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I’ll always be honest with you, you just might not always like it.
— Sam (1.1)

My closeted self was so inside the box I was designing the blueprints for the box.
— Sam (1.6)

I get you want to blow things up, but like, how big? Just ’cause you don’t want to blow yourself up in the process.
— Sam (1.9)

Greta (Haley Sanchez)

Greta's (Haley Sanchez) face

Greta (Haley Sanchez)

Currently living with her Aunt Ana, Greta’s family is from Guadalajara, and she is queer.

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Riley (Chase Sui Wonders)

Riley in Sam's office

Riley in Sam’s office

Riley is a photographer, Greta’s crush, and Nathan’s best friend who got kicked out of her old school, Fairmont, due to a project she did.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” [Series Premiere]
  • Is It Anxiety Or Something More Serious (1.2): During the lockdown, Riley mentions to Greta she has heartbeat issues. Now, whether this is anxiety or a serious condition dealing with her heart? This isn’t gone into. However, she does note she is claustrophobic, so it could be anxiety.
  • Astrological Sign (1.6) Libra

Quotes & Gifs

Fake things can seem real.
— Riley (1.14)

Nathan (Uly Schlesinger)

Nathan (Uly Schlesinger) talking to Riley

Nathan (Uly Schlesinger)

Nathan is bi-sexual and has a crush on Chester and his twin sister’s boyfriend Jack – who presents him with the first penis he ever saw.

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Naomi (Chloe East)

Delilah and Naomi watching ASMR videos

Delilah and Naomi watching ASMR videos

Naomi is Nathan’s twin sister, whose best friend is Arianna.

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Jack (Connor Chavez)

Jack (Connor Chavez) talking to Nathan

Jack (Connor Chavez)

Jack is, well was, Naomi’s boyfriend, who was also messing around with Nathan in secret.

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Arianna (Nathanya Alexander)

Arianna (Nathanya Alexander) likely saying something offensive

Arianna (Nathanya Alexander)

Naomi’s best friend, Arianna, is offensive in a multitude of ways but plays it off under the guise she is edgy. Then, when that doesn’t work, she brings up having gay dads as a defense, especially when she says homophobic things.

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Delilah (Lukita Maxwell)

Delilah (lukita maxwell) at school

Delilah (lukita maxwell) (Warrick Page/HBO)

Delilah is a social justice warrior who cares about more things than she can act on, and her caring so much usually leads to her not being invited to things or making friends easily. Such as Arianna, who used to be her friend.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1/ Episode 2 “Dickscovery”
  • Staying Active (1.2): Delilah is aiming to be in multiple clubs and is mulling over 11 or so clubs
  • PREGNANT? (1.3): We learn she is pregnant and giving birth

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Megan (Martha Plimpton)

Megan (Martha Plimpton) reacting to Nathan

Megan (Martha Plimpton)

Nathan and Naomi’s mother who struggles with them, especially as their eldest sister gets married.

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Everyone has anxiety, but everyone doesn’t have it the same.
— Megan (1.14)

Ana (Nava Mau)

Ana (Nava Mau) encourgaing Greta

Ana (Nava Mau)

Greta’s aunt who is taking care of her and who her mother doesn’t necessarily trust with the job. Why? Well, because Ana is far less strict than Greta’s mother, and there is past beef between Greta’s mom and Ana.

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Joe (J. August Richards)

Joe (J. August Richards) and Patrick dancing

Joe (J. August Richards) and Patrick

Joe is Arianna’s dad, who is married to Patrick.

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Patrick (John Ross Bowie)

Joe (J. August Richards) and Patrick dancing

Joe (J. August Richards) and Patrick

Patrick is married to Joe, is one of Megan’s closest friends, and used to be married – to a woman. Also, he used to play electric guitar and be a Born Again Christian. So with Megan being the only one who stayed after he came out, he loves Joe and her for different reasons, but with the same sense of loyalty.

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Mark (Sam Trammell)

Mark (Sam Trammell) participating in a conversation about Nathan and his sexuality

Mark (Sam Trammell) participating in a conversation about Nathan and his sexuality

Megan’s husband.

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You never show your whole self to your family.
— Mark (1.15)

J (Sydney Mae Diaz)

J (Sydney Mae Diaz) learning they are a father

J (Sydney Mae Diaz) learning they are a father

One of Chester’s friends, and Delilah’s baby daddy.

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Sela (Patricia De Leon)

Sela in Ana's apartment

Greta’s mom, Ana’s sister, who is currently in Guadalajara.

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Luz (Marisela Zumbado)

Luz trying to figure out if Greta is serious about her

One of the star soccer players at the school, who happens to be lesbian, and very into Riley.

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I think if you like me, even though I’m an asshole, it’s probably better than you liking me, ’cause you think I’m not an asshole.
— Luz (1.10)

Bomani “Bo” (Marwan Salama)

Bo noting the name of a book he found, that he ends up reading to Chester in their date

A self-described neutral good, Bo meets Chester, officially, in the part 1 season finale of Genera+ion season 1 and leaves quite the impression. In fact, he leaves such an impression that Chester pursues his friendship.

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I find randomness kind of hopeful.
— Bo

Cooper (Diego Josef)

Cooper (Diego Josef) at Nathan's party

Cooper (Diego Josef) (Warrick Page/HBO)

A chill young man who both Delilah and Naomi have a crush on.

Additional Information

  • Introduced In Season 1

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Carol (Alicia Coppola)

Carol (Alicia Coppola) disappointed that Riley put her business out there

Carol (Alicia Coppola) disappointed that Riley put her business out there

Carol is Riley’s mother who is dealing with getting divorced from her husband, who has a new girlfriend almost Riley’s age, and so she retreats into a being named Ginnie who is 5 and represents Carol’s inner child.

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Nonna (Nancy Lenehan)

Nonna (Nancy Lenehan) playing cards with Chester and Bo

Nonna (Nancy Lenehan)

Chester’s grandmother

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Janelle (Kelly Missal)

Janelle (Kelley Missal) trying to talk to Riley and bond

Janelle (Kelley Missal)

Riley’s future stepmother.

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Wilson (Eric Steinberg)

Janelle and Wilson (Eric Steinberg) talking at Riley

Janelle and Wilson (Eric Steinberg)

Wilson is Riley’s father who she says she is very similar to, but it seems Wilson is trying to be better – just not in a way that allows Riley the time to adjust or see real change.

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