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The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s  

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A huge demographic that TV shows need to reach out to is young adults. Teens love TV. What they love even more is TV targeted at them about things that they are interested in. These are the best 2010s teen shows, ranked from best to worst by teenage TV watchers everywhere. Some of these teen series follow the relationship drama of the popular kids and the not-so-popular kids, while others revolve around high school underdogs singing their hearts out in show choir competitions. 

What shows belong on this best 2010s teen shows list? From 2009 – 2015, Glee reigned supreme as the number 1 teen show. Following a diverse class of students of a fictitious glee club, this wonderful young adult show tackled the topics that are important to high school students across America. One Tree Hill is another good teen show that aired in the 2010s, ending in 2012 after premiering in 2003.

Based on the highly-successful Sex and the City series, The Carrie Diaries gave viewers a glimpse in to Carrie Bradshaw's life as a teen. Other great young adult series that appear on this top 2010s teen shows list include Reign, Awkward., and Pretty Little Liars. The best 2010s teen shows aren't all about modern-day teenagers - some top teen shows of the 2010s include science fiction series like The 100, teen urban fantasy like Teen Wolf, and teen superhero shows such as Cloak & Dagger.

What is the best teen TV show of the 2010s? Give your favorite shows a thumbs up and share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden
Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more
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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more
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Glee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison
Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
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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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton
One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The ...more
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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress
iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series was created by Dan Schneider. It focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates ...more
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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly
The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
NichelleAlexandria added KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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I Am Frankie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Alex Hook, Uriel Baldesco, Armani Barrett
I Am Frankie (Nickelodeon, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Marcela Citterio. Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook), an android, pretends to be a regular high school student, while ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman
The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant
Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a ...more
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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed
Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show's central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her ...more
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Project MC² is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Mika Abdalla, Ysa Penarejo, Victoria Vida
Project Mc2 (Netflix, 2015), pronounced "Project MC-squared ", is an American educational comedy television series. Set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves ...more
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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende
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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On My Block is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia
On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age television series created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. Four bright and street-savvy friends navigate their way through the ...more
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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong
Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love and friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and
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90210 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
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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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie
Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City ...more
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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
arianafsdfsf added Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh
House of Anubis is a jointly Nickelodeon British, American, and Belgian mystery television series based on the Dutch-Belgian television series Het Huis Anubis aired in the Netherlands and ...more
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Light as a Feather is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Ajiona Alexus
Light as a Feather (Hulu, 2018) is an American supernatural thriller web television series created by Lee Fleming Jr., based on the short story by Zoe Aarsen. A group of teenage girls must deal ...more
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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey
Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more