The Best High School TV Shows TV Programs

The Best High School TV Shows

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List Criteria: Teen television series that focus on the high school years.

The best high school TV shows include fantastic dramas that highlight the ups and downs of teenagers. In some cases, these shows include elements of the supernatural or science fiction. These high school shows are also filled with many social issues that teens face while they're growing up: teen pregnancy, drug use, and, of course, the all-encompassing peer pressure. This list includes some of the greatest high school television shows from several decades, so be sure to vote. If your favorite series about teenagers in high school isn't listed here, please add it.

Any great coming of age high school TV show includes tons of teen angst. That's mainly why so many of the best high school television shows listed here are dramas, because being a teenager is, well, pretty darn dramatic most of the time. The characters in these great teen drama TV shows experience the highest highs and the lowest lows -- a roller coaster of emotions, and we're right there with them for the crazy ride, tissues in hand.

Is it any wonder that several shows listed here are among the all-time top cult TV shows? Sadly, despite excellent reviews from critics and a loyal cult following, some of these outstanding high school TV shows didn't last as long as they should have. Examples of teen TV shows canceled before their time include Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, and Friday Night Lights (though thankfully the latter was picked up and had a decent series wrap-up).Enjoy voting for your favorite high school shows, and don't forget: You can add to this list and/or re-rank it accordingly.

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Ashley Rickards, Desi Lydic, Nikki DeLoach

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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    Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes

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    Minka Kelly, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki

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    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

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    Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Danneel Ackles

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    Dustin Diamond, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Marie Avgeropoulos, Isaiah Washington, Eliza Taylor

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    Jessica Lowndes, AnnaLynne McCord, Jennie Garth

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    Kristin Kreuk, Laura Vandervoort, Jensen Ackles

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    Demi Lovato, Lea Michele, Dianna Agron

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    Melissa Joan Hart, Soleil Moon Frye, Caroline Rhea

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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Lea Thompson, Marlee Matlin, Constance Marie

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    Danica McKellar, Robin Thicke, Fred Savage

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    Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Elizabeth Gillies

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    Melissa McCarthy, Jared Padalecki, Alexis Bledel

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    Jaimie Alexander, Chelan Simmons, Kirsten Prout

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Scott Baio

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    Shailene Woodley, Danica McKellar, Molly Ringwald

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    Nathalia Ramos, Alexandra Shipp, Jade Ramsey

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    Hilary Swank, Tiffani Thiessen, Shannen Doherty

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    Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland

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    Emma Stone, Hayden Panettiere, Bryan Cranston

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    Katie Holmes, Jensen Ackles, Michelle Williams

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    Natasha Henstridge, Phoebe Tonkin, Britt Robertson

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    Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

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    Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Murray

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    Nina Dobrev, Drake, Shenae Grimes

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    Katherine Heigl, Emilie de Ravin, Shiri Appleby

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    Amanda Stepto, Christian Campbell, Anais Granofsky

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    Phoebe Tonkin, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan

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    Janet Jackson, Nia Peeples, Debbie Allen

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    Candace Cameron-Bure, Susan Ward, Cassie Scerbo

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    Britt Robertson, Shiri Appleby, Emma Caulfield

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lacey Chabert, Brittany Murphy

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    John Travolta, Marcia Strassman, Gabe Kaplan

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    Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner

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    Charisma Carpenter, Helen Slater, Alexandra Chando

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