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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 Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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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 Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Awkward. 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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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 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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Glee 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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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Pretty Little Liars 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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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
One Tree Hill 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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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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 That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
wiabux added The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
90210 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The 100 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Riverdale 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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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 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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Gossip Girl 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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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Smallville 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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Victorious is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
SibunASeason34 added Victorious Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas III, Matt Bennett Victorious is an American sitcom created by Dan Schneider that originally aired on Nickelodeon from March 27, 2010 through February 2, 2013. The series revolves around aspiring singer Tori Vega, ...more

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The ...more

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The Suite Life on Deck is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Suite Life on Deck Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song The Suite Life on Deck is an American sitcom that aired on Disney Channel from September 26, 2008 to May 6, 2011. It is a sequel/spin-off of the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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Happy Days is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Bootsdad added Happy Days Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross Happy Days is an American television sitcom that aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
JoseCorreia added Supernatural 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) 30 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Beverly Hills, 90210 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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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Dawson's Creek James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more

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House of Anubis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
sibunahouse added House of Anubis 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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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
DmitryZinchenko added 13 Reasons Why Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh 13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the ...more

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The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an American teen drama television series created by Brenda Hampton. It first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008 and ran until June 3, 2013. The show ...more

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Kyle XY is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Kyle XY Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas Kyle XY is an American science fiction television series produced by ABC Family. The central character is a teenage boy who awakens naked in a forest outside Seattle, Washington, with no more ...more

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iCarly is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added iCarly 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 Originals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
osemwenkha-ikponmwosa added The Originals 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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Kim Possible is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added Kim Possible 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 crime fighter who has the task of ...more

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Make It Or Break It is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Make It Or Break It Candace Cameron-Bure, Susan Ward, Cassie Scerbo Make It or Break It is an American teen/family drama television series that focused on the lives of teen gymnasts who strived to make it to the Olympic Games. The series was inspired by ...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 That's So Raven 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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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Secret Circle 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 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 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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Skins Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial storylines have explored ...more

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The Facts of Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
The Facts of Life 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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Degrassi High is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi High Pat Mastroianni, Stefan Brogren, Duncan Waugh Degrassi High is the third television show in the Degrassi series of teen dramas about the lives of a group of teenagers living on or near De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It first ...more

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Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Degrassi: The Next Generation 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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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Krmickey97 added The Carrie Diaries 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, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and

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Welcome Back, Kotter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Welcome Back, Kotter Gabe Kaplan, Ron Palillo, John Travolta Welcome Back, Kotter ist eine US-amerikanische Sitcom.

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Faking It is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
ghost00 added Faking It 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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10 Things I Hate About You is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best High School TV Shows
Б.Хулан added 10 Things I Hate About You 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