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The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s 

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Updated January 16, 2020 30.7k votes 1.9k voters 24.4k views 80 items

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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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 72

Network: ABC Family

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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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: Nickelodeon

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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
NichelleAlexandria added KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: The CW Television Network

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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 187

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

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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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

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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Big Time Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos PenaVega

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: Nickelodeon

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: MTV

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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Austin & Ally is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Disney Channel

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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: ABC Family

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Liv and Maddie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Dove Cameron, Joey Bragg, Tenzing Norgay Trainor

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: Disney Channel

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: The CW

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW Television Network

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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: MTV

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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

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A.N.T. Farm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
China Anne McClain, Sierra McCormick, Jake Short

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 41

Network: Disney Channel

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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Lab Rats is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Will Forte, Kelli Berglund, Hal Sparks

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: Disney XD

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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
Ana Golja, Ricardo Hoyos, Stefan Brogren
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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Shows of the 2010s
AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

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