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The Best TV Shows About Puberty

Updated May 25, 2020 450 votes 93 voters 2.2k views18 items

List RulesVote 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 Mouth1
    71
    20

    Big Mouth

    Nick Kroll, John Mulaney

    Premiered2017

    Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew...  more
  • Sex Education2
    32
    13

    Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield

    Premiered2019

    Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by...  more
  • Boy Meets World3
    18
    6

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more
  • Pepper Ann4
    16
    12

    Pepper Ann

    Kathleen Wilhoite, April Winchell

    Premiered1997

    Pepper Ann is an American animated series created by Sue Rose and aired on ABC. It debuted on...  more
  • Doug5
    16
    12

    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

    Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early...  more
  • PEN156
    13
    10

    PEN15

    Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle

    Premiered2019

    PEN15 (Hulu, 2019) is an American comedy web television series, created by Maya Erskine, Anna...  more
  • Malcolm in the Middle7
    12
    9

    Malcolm in the Middle

    Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek

    Premiered2000

    Malcolm in the Middle (Fox, 2000) is an American television sitcom created by Linwood Boomer....  more
  • The Wonder Years8
    14
    13

    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol...  more
  • The Fosters9
    11
    9

    The Fosters

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

    The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley...  more
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation10
    9
    10

    Degrassi: The Next Generation

    Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele

    Premiered2001

    Degrassi: The Next Generation (CTV, 2001 ) is a Canadian teen drama television series created...  more
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina11
    9
    12

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series...  more
  • Parenthood12
    8
    10

    Parenthood

    Peter Krause, Lauren Graham

    Premiered2010

    Parenthood (NBC, 2010) is an American television drama series created by Jason Katims. Four...  more
  • On My Block13
    9
    12

    On My Block

    Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao

    Premiered2018

    On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is an American coming-of-age television series created by Lauren...  more
  • Bunheads14
    8
    12

    Bunheads

    Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins

    Premiered2012

    Bunheads (ABC, 2012) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more
  • The Middle15
    5
    9

    The Middle

    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

    Premiered2009

    The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the...  more
  • Derry Girls16
    4
    8

    Derry Girls

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan

    Premiered2018

    Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica...  more
  • The Goldbergs17
    2
    8

    The Goldbergs

    Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone

    Premiered2013

    The Goldbergs (ABC, 2013) is an American television sitcom created by Adam F. Goldberg. Adam...  more
  • Puberty Blues18
    0
    8

    Puberty Blues

    Claudia Karvan, Daniel Wyllie

    Premiered2012

    Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based...  more