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List Rules 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
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Awkward. Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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Glee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
90210 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Switched at Birth Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Smallville Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Victorious Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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Kyle XY is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Kyle XY Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas

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The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley

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Make It Or Break It is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Make It Or Break It Candace Cameron-Bure, Susan Ward, Cassie Scerbo

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
iCarly Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Skins Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

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

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Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi: The Next Generation Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

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Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi High Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn

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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
10 Things I Hate About You Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Martin, Ethan Peck

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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Roswell Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta

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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Carrie Diaries AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong

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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Fosters Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best High School TV Shows

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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Kim Possible Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright