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The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series 

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Updated April 27, 2020 145.4k votes 14.7k voters 248.6k views 65 items

List Rules Live-action American science fiction or fantasy tv series that heavily feature teen characters (or at least the series started that way), no miniseries

Teens can be some of the most loyal television series fans. Can be. Sometimes they're too busy on their iPhones and pirating music to watch TV. But, not all teens are hormonal nightmares... they're just complicated. They're about as complicated as these great teen scifi shows. These greatest teen fantasy shows of all time. What does that mean? It means that these shows are about teens are in the middle of finding themselves and these great shows help them shape their identity. Are they a Buffy person? Or is The 100 more their speed? This is the second most important question when you're a teen - just behind, "what music do you listen to?"

Some of the best fantasy shows of all time are primarily made for a teenage audience. That being said, it's up to you, Rankers. Which of these teen sci-fi fantasy shows is the greatest ever? Remember, just the shows that have mostly teen characters - even if the actors tend to be a little older than high school.

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
bot0001 added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural, Teen drama, Black comedy, Drama, + more

Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. A teenager named Scott (Tyler Posey), is bitten by a ...more

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Wolfiee added Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende

Premiered: 2016

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
jocelyn-lefay-townsend added Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge. Sisters Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) discover ...more

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Jasmine Saghafifar added Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Sword and sorcery, Medieval fantasy, Adventure

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Drama, Television drama series, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that appeared on NBC for four seasons from September 25, 2006 through February 8, 2010. The series tells the ...more

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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Drama, Fantasy

The Secret Circle (The CW, 2011) is an American supernatural teen drama developed by Andrew Miller, and based on the book series of the same name by L.J. Smith. 16-year-old Casse Blake (Britt ...more

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Lilithღ added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

The Tomorrow People is an American science fiction television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, and Julie Plec that aired on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. ...more

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
maura-quast added Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 2010

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery, Crime thriller

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King, loosely based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. When their ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
elena623 added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Wolfiee added Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction

iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Suspense, Drama, + more

The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
BrianJason added Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the ...more

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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Science Fiction

Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third ...more

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Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Historical fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, + more

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on ...more

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Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Drama

Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 ...more

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The Order is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Matt Frewer

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Supernatural

The Order (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Dennis Heaton and Shelley Eriksen. After joining a secret society of magic users, college freshman Jack Morton ...more

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