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List Rules Teen television series that focus on the high school years.

The best high school TV shows include fantastic dramas that highlight the ups and downs of teenagers. In some cases, these shows include elements of the supernatural or science fiction. These high school shows are also filled with many social issues that teens face while they're growing up: teen pregnancy, drug use, and, of course, the all-encompassing peer pressure. This list includes some of the greatest high school television shows from several decades, so be sure to vote. If your favorite series about teenagers in high school isn't listed here, please add it.

Any great coming of age high school TV show includes tons of teen angst. That's mainly why so many of the best high school television shows listed here are dramas, because being a teenager is, well, pretty darn dramatic most of the time. The characters in these great teen drama TV shows experience the highest highs and the lowest lows -- a roller coaster of emotions, and we're right there with them for the crazy ride, tissues in hand.

Is it any wonder that several shows listed here are among the all-time top cult TV shows? Sadly, despite excellent reviews from critics and a loyal cult following, some of these outstanding high school TV shows didn't last as long as they should have. Examples of teen TV shows canceled before their time include Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, and Friday Night Lights (though thankfully the latter was picked up and had a decent series wrap-up).Enjoy voting for your favorite high school shows, and don't forget: You can add to this list and/or re-rank it accordingly.
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden

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1,764 811
Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Awkward. Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

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2,295 634
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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1,947 624
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

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1,328 656
Glee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Glee Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

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1,730 606
One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
One Tree Hill Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

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1,903 671
The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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983 537
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
wiabux added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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829 560
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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698 534
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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1,186 86
Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Riverdale

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1,203 466
90210 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
90210 Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord

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841 411
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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1,003 417
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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729 470
Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Switched at Birth Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

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1,660 389
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

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944 497
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan

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779 376
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

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300 438
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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379 466
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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702 429
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Smallville Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

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628 305
Victorious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
SibunASeason34 added Victorious Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett

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776 320
The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher

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558 332
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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655 351
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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396 138
The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song

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465 186
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
JoseCorreia added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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431 331
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Beverly Hills, 90210 Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

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317 50
13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
DmitryZinchenko added 13 Reasons Why

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460 132
The Originals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
osemwenkha-ikponmwosa added The Originals Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

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441 339
Kyle XY is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Kyle XY Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas

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503 352
House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
sibunahouse added House of Anubis Alex Sawyer, Eugene Simon, Brad Kavanagh

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191 338
Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Bootsdad added Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross

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265 35
Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Riverdale

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645 378
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley

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435 234
Make It Or Break It is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Make It Or Break It Candace Cameron-Bure, Susan Ward, Cassie Scerbo

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392 335
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

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359 186
iCarly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added iCarly Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress

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615 247
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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470 299
Skins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Skins Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

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214 42
The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added The Fosters Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

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401 149
Faking It is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
ghost00 added Faking It

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211 46
The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added The Carrie Diaries AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong

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286 232
Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi High Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh

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128 52
Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Kim Possible Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright

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479 233
Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi: The Next Generation Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

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275 101
10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added 10 Things I Hate About You Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Martin, Ethan Peck

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103 43
That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added That's So Raven Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

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143 256
The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Facts of Life Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn