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The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked 

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Updated October 17, 2019 1.2k votes 387 voters 14.6k views 23 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite British shows about teenagers and geared toward a young audience.

Teenagers' lives are full of drama, making them the perfect subjects for entertaining television. The top British teen shows combine elements of humor and pathos to tell engaging stories to fans of all ages. This is a list of the best British teen shows, including everything from Grange Hill to Teenage Health Freak to Harry and Cosh.

What series will you find on this list of the greatest British teen shows? Skins follows a group of teens in Bristol as they deal with a variety of issues, including depression, substance abuse, and sexuality. Nicholas Hoult, Hannah Murray, and Mike Bailey starred in the first generation of the series. Hollyoaks is another popular British teen TV show. Young Dracula tells the story of a bloodsucking family from Transylvania as they adjust to life in the small town of Stokey following a move. Other good British teen shows featured on this list include British teen dramas such as Sugar Rush and Byker Grove.

Do you have a favorite English teen show? Vote the best series up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

 

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: E4

Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and ...more

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The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
jessabear_7 added Belinda Stewart-Wilson, Greg Davies, Blake Harrison

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Channel 4, E4

The Inbetweeners is a British sitcom that originally aired on E4 from 2008 to 2010. Created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the show followed the life of suburban teenager Will ...more

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My Mad Fat Diary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
My Mad Fat Diary Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: E4

Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more

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Wolfblood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked

Premiered: 2012

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: CBBC, CBBC

Wolfblood is a British fantasy/supernatural drama television series aimed at teens. It is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE. So far three series have been aired. Series 1 aired from 10 ...more
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Fresh Meat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
jessabear_7 added Fresh Meat Kimberley Nixon, Robert Webb, Joe Thomas

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: Channel 4

Fresh Meat is a British comedy-drama created by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, who also created Peep Show. The first episode, directed by David Kerr, was broadcast on Channel 4 on 21 September ...more

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Grange Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes

Premiered: 1978

Network: CBBC, BBC One

Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest-running programmes on British television when it ended its ...more
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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 150

Network: Nickelodeon

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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Young Dracula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Keith-Lee Castle, Clare Thomas, Simon Ludders

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: CBBC, BBC One, CBBC, BBC HD

Young Dracula is a British teenage horror drama television series which aired on CBBC, loosely based on Young Dracula and Young Monsters, a children's book by Michael Lawrence. The final episode ...more

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Hollyoaks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Gemma Atkinson, Roxanne McKee, Emma Rigby

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 16

Network: Channel 4

Hollyoaks is a British soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. It was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who had also devised the Channel 4 soap Brookside. The programme is ...more
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Pramface is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Scarlett Alice Johnson, Angus Deayton, Anna Chancellor

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Pramface is a BBC Three comedy-drama series starring Scarlett Alice Johnson and Sean Michael Verey. Written by Chris Reddy, the first series, comprising six half-hour long episodes, piloted on ...more
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Byker Grove is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Charlie Hunnam, Jill Halfpenny, Donna Air

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 344

Network: Living TV Group, Carlton Kids, BBC One

Byker Grove is a British television series which aired between 1989 and 2006 and was created by Adele Rose. The show was broadcast at 5.10pm after Newsround on CBBC on BBC One. It was aimed at ...more

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EastEnders: E20 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Samuell Benta, Emer Kenny, Sam Attwater

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 37

Network: BBC Red Button

EastEnders: E20 is a British Internet soap opera, which began airing on 8 January 2010. A spin-off from the established BBC soap EastEnders, it is set in EastEnders '​ regular setting of Albert ...more
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Sugar Rush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Lenora Crichlow, Sara Stewart, Sarah-Jane Potts

Premiered: 2005

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Channel 4

Sugar Rush is a British television comedy-drama series developed by Shine Limited and broadcast by Channel 4, based on the Julie Burchill novel of the same name. It is centred on the life of a ...more

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Hollyoaks Later is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Bonnie Tyler, Emma Rigby, Gemma Merna

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: E4

Hollyoaks Later is a British television spin-off of the Channel 4 television series Hollyoaks. The series began in 2008 and since then has become an annual event for the soap. The series returns ...more

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Press Gang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Gabrielle Anwar, Lucy Benjamin, Dexter Fletcher

Premiered: 1989

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: CITV, ITV

Press Gang is a British children's television comedy-drama consisting of 43 episodes across five series that were broadcast from 1989 to 1993. It was produced by Richmond Film & Television ...more
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Glue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
onebert added Yasmin Paige, Jordan Stephens, Billy Howle

Premiered: 2014

Glue is a British television drama shown on E4. It was created and written by Jack Thorne. It began broadcasting from 15 September to 3 November 2014 and comprises eight episodes. The plot ...more
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Help! I'm a Teenage Outl... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Help! I'm A Teenage Outlaw Brian Hibbard, Steven O'Donnell, Benjamin Smith

Premiered: 2004

Network: CITV, ITV

Help! I'm A Teenage Outlaw is a British television programme filmed in the Czech Republic and first aired on CITV. The show follows three hapless outlaws during the English Civil War, who are ...more
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Harry and Cosh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Harry And Cosh Bronson Webb, Lucinda Rhodes-Flaherty

Premiered: 1999

Number of Episodes: 46

Network: Channel 5

Harry and Cosh was a British children's television series directed by Daniel Peacock shown on Saturday afternoons on Shake! on Channel 5 It starred Harry Capehorn, Coshti Dowden, Lucinda ...more
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Teenage Health Freak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Teenage Health Freak Tony Robinson, Dominic Keating, Susan Penhaligon

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: Channel 4

Teenage Health Freak is a British teen comedy-drama about the life and travails of a socially awkward teenager as he goes through life. It is best known for featuring the actress Liza Walker and ...more
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The Fades is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Lily Loveless, Daniel Kaluuya, Iain De Caestecker

Premiered: 2011

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

The Fades (BBC Three/BBC HD, 2011), is a British supernatural drama television miniseries created and written by Jack Thorne. In the six-episode limited series, Paul (Iain De Caestecker), a ...more

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A Bunch of Fives is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
A Bunch Of Fives Lesley Manville, Jamie Foreman

Premiered: 1977

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: ITV

A Bunch of Fives is an English children’s television show broadcast in the 1970s on ITV. A precursor of Grange Hill, it starred Lesley Manville and Jamie Foreman as Fifth formers who start a ...more
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Rownd A Rownd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Teen Shows, Ranked
Rownd A Rownd Tom Blumberg, Aled Herbert, Manon Elis