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The Best High School TV Shows  

Molly Gander
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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—just think of shows like Degrassi or Riverdale. That's mainly why so many of the best teen TV 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. And it isn't just American high school dramas that are great, teen shows set in secondary schools in the UK offer just as much of an emotional ride - especially if it's a boarding school.

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 television programs 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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Full House is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Molly Dennison added Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
JoseCorreia added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry
Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more
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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Christy Carlson Romano, Will Friedle, Nancy Cartwright
Kim Possible is an American animated television series created by Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle for Disney Channel. It centers on Kim Possible, a teenage fighter who has the task of dealing ...more
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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
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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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added Lindsey Shaw, Meaghan Martin, Ethan Peck
10 Things I Hate About You is an American television sitcom broadcast on ABC Family beginning in 2009. Developed by Carter Covington, the show is a half-hour, single camera series based on the ...more
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H2O: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Angus McLaren
H₂O: Just Add Water, also known as H₂O, is an Australian dramatic fantasy television programme for children and teenagers created by Jonathan M. Shiff. It first screened on Australia's Network ...more
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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added 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 Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin
The Secret Circle is an American supernatural teen drama that aired on The CW from September 15, 2011, to May 10, 2012. It is based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added 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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Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey
Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks and her friends as they ...more
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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Lisa Whelchel, Kim Fields, Mindy Cohn
The Facts of Life is an American sitcom that originally ran on the NBC television network from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest running sitcoms of the 1980s. A ...more
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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Tamara Nicøle Thatch added Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Molly Dennison added Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon
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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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol
That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney ...more
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Winx Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Liza Jacqueline, Caren Manuel, Helena Evangeliou
Winx Club is an Italian animated television series directed, created and produced by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.r.l. in co-production with Rai Fiction. It is part of the larger ...more
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Faking It is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
ghost00 added
Faking It is a television program originating on Channel 4 which has spawned various international remakes, including a United States version which began in 2003 on the TLC network. Devised by ...more
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Total Drama Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Sarah Gadon, Stephanie Anne Mills, Carter Hayden
Total Drama Island is a Canadian animated television series which premiered in Canada on Teletoon on July 8, 2007 and on June 5, 2008 in the U.S. on Cartoon Network. This is the first season of ...more
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Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar
Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. Degrassi is the fourth fictional ...more
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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more
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Tower Prep is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Molly Dennison added Drew Van Acker, Ryan Pinkston
Tower Prep is a Canadian/American television series shot in Canada. It debuted on October 16, 2010, after the world premiere of Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster. The series is created by ...more
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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
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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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta
Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC, 1975) is an American television sitcom. Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) is a sardonic high school teacher in charge of a racially and ethnically diverse remedial class ...more
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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
printor added Nikki Gould, Ricardo Hoyos, Eric Osborne
Degrassi: Next Class is a 2016 Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi Universe, the fifth series in the Degrassi franchise. Like its predecessors, the series follows an ...more
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Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Tamara Nicøle Thatch added Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon
Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 ...more