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The Best TV Shows About Puberty 

Molly Gander
Updated November 5, 2019 230 votes 58 voters 1.3k views 17 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
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
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 151

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Malcolm in the Middle is an American sitcom created by Linwood Boomer for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series was first broadcast on January 9, 2000 and ended its six-year run on May 14, ...more
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PEN15 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

Premiered: 2019

Network: Hulu

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
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Doug is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: Nickelodeon

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
7
On My Block is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia
On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age television series created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. Four bright and street-savvy friends navigate their way through the ...more
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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 5

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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Pepper Ann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Kathleen Wilhoite, April Winchell, Danny Cooksey

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: UPN, Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

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.
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Puberty Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Puberty Blues Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie, Charlotte Best

Premiered: 2012

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Network Ten

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
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Degrassi: The Next Gener... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 149

Network: MTV, MuchMusic, CTV Television Network, TeenNick

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 Middle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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
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The Goldbergs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, George Segal

Premiered: 2013

Network: ABC

The Goldbergs (ABC, 2013) is an American television sitcom created by Adam F. Goldberg and stars Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. The show is produced by Goldberg, Seth Gordon, and Doug ...more
14
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: NBC

Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more
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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

Network: Channel 4, Netflix

Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Features the personal exploits of a 16 year old girl, her family and friends during the Troubles in the early 90s.
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Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: ABC Family

Bunheads is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Lamar Damon, that aired on ABC Family from June 11, 2012 to February 25, 2013. Starring Sutton Foster, ...more
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows About Puberty
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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