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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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    Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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    Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

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    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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    Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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    That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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    One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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    Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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    Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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    90210 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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    Glee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

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    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

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    Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

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    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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    My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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    Victorious is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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    Kyle XY is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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    The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley

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    Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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    Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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    The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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    The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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    iCarly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

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    Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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    Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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    Skins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

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    Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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    Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

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    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

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    Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh

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    Faking It is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Roswell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

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    The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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    Fame is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Debbie Allen, Carlo Imperato, Gene Anthony Ray

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    Make It Or Break It is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Candace Cameron-Bure, Susan Ward, Cassie Scerbo

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    Life Unexpected is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson

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    Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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    Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best High School TV Shows


    Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell

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    The Brady Bunch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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