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The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series

Updated October 14, 2020 104.4k votes 15.4k voters 262.5k views60 items

List RulesVote up your favorite live-action American science fiction or fantasy tv series that heavily feature teen characters (or at least the series started that way).

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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  • 1
    Merlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

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

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  • 2
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    2,139
    677

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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

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  • 3
    Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    2,264
    1,122

    Shadowhunters

    Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

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  • 4
    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    3,684
    1,745

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 5
    Smallville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    2,005
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

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

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  • 6
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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

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  • 7
    Charmed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,879
    1,069

    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

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  • 8
    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    4,050
    2,017

    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 9
    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    2,737
    1,715

    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 10
    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,885
    1,404

    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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

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  • 11
    The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    919
    778

    The Magicians

    Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

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  • 12
    The Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    370
    295

    The Order

    Jake Manley, Sarah Grey

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Supernatural

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  • 13
    The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,593
    1,314

    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 14
    Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,650
    1,474

    Heroes

    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman

    Premiered2006

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

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  • 15
    iZombie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,075
    845

    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

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

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  • 16
    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,281
    1,156

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

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

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  • 17
    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    2,890
    1,572

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

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

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  • 18
    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    956
    838

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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  • 19
    The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,236
    1,029

    The Tomorrow People

    Robbie Amell, Peyton List

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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  • 20
    Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    1,358
    1,171

    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery, Crime thriller

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  • 21
    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
    3,802
    2,249

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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  • 22
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    346

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

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  • 23
    Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    946

    Star-Crossed

    Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • 24
    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    971

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

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  • 25
    Roswell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series
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    873

    Roswell

    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama, Science Fiction

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