The Best TV Shows About Puberty 

Molly Gander
Updated May 25, 2020 242 votes 66 voters 1.6k views 18 items

List Rules Vote up the shows that best center their story around going through puberty and growing up.

Puberty is an awful time filled with embarrassment, confusion, and disgusting smells. It's something we all must suffer through, and though we don't suffer alone, it sometimes feels that way. Or at least we wish we were alone. But along with the rise of Peak TV has come some amazing TV shows about puberty that prove we all go through the same thing while growing up and that, in retrospect, it's kinda funny. 

These shows deal with the horrific insights to puberty in comedic, touching, and even empathetic ways that our beleaguered health teachers could never dream of. Whether they're touching family dramas or gross-out comedies, the shows on this list all bring something new and entertaining to the awful topic of puberty.

Keeping in mind that these shows have featured specific storylines dedicated to the trials and tribulations puberty, and not just the general hardship of coming of age, here are the best TV shows about puberty. Vote up the shows best shows that have handled one of the worst parts of growing up.

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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Premiered: 2017

Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more
Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey

Premiered: 2019

Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly. An adolescent (Ben Savage) with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he ...more
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

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
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Malcolm in the Middle (Fox, 2000) is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer. A gifted young teen (Frankie Muniz) tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.
PEN15 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

Premiered: 2019

PEN15 (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Sam Zvibleman. Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in ...more
The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian ...more
Degrassi: The Next Gener... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, Shane Kippel

Premiered: 2001

Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV, 2001 ) is a Canadian teen drama television series created by Yan Moore and Linda Schuyler, and the fourth series in the Degrassi franchise. The lives of the ...more
Doug is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more
Pepper Ann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Kathleen Wilhoite, April Winchell, Danny Cooksey

Premiered: 1997

Pepper Ann is an American animated series created by Sue Rose and aired on ABC. It debuted on September 13, 1997, and ended on November 18, 2000. It also aired on Toon Disney.
Puberty Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Puberty Blues Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie, Charlotte Best

Premiered: 2012

Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based on the 1979 book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, which was also the inspiration for the 1981 film ...more
On My Block is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia

Premiered: 2018

On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is an American coming-of-age television series created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. In an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, four teens - a ...more
The Middle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more
The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile

Premiered: 2013

The Goldbergs (ABC, 2013) is an American television sitcom created by Adam F. Goldberg. Adam (Sean Giambrone), a geeky 11-year-old, uses a video camera to document his crazy family throughout ...more
Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Derry Girls Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland

Premiered: 2018

Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland), their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle ...more
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four siblings share the joys and heartaches of parenthood in their California hometown of Berkeley.
Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

Premiered: 2012

Bunheads (ABC, 2012) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon. A Las Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) marries into a lifestyle where she is ...more
Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more