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The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked 

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Updated November 12, 2019 2k votes 283 voters 3.9k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up the best series about teens that combine equal parts comedy and drama.

Humor and high school conflicts combine to make teen dramedies binge-worthy television. The best teen dramedy shows feature young characters dealing with relationships, school, and family issues - not to mention supernatural threats. This is a list of the greatest TV teen dramedy shows including everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Teen Wolf to Glee.

What shows will you find on this list of the best teenage dramedies? Freaks and Geeks walked the line between laugh-out-loud comedy and heart-wrenching drama, with storylines about everything from politics, to pot, to parties. Seth Rogan, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and a number of other talented actors comprised the show's cast. Veronica Mars is another popular teen dramedy. The Gilmore Girls' snappy dialogue brought fresh life to every episode. Other good series featured here include Smallville, Boy Meets World, and One Tree Hill.

It's up to you to decide which teen dramedy is the best. Vote your favorites up to the top of the list and please add any good shows that are missing.

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

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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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 187

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 72

Network: ABC Family

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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: The CW Television Network

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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: MTV

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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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
The O.C. Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: NBC

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: E4

Skins is a British teen comedy-drama television series that follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial ...more

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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: MTV

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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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
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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On My Block is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia
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Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester

Premiered: 2019

Network: Disney +

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web television series based on the film series of the same name created by Peter Barsocchini. The series ...more
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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

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Degrassi: The Next Gener... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 149

Network: MTV, MuchMusic, CTV Television Network, TeenNick

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: The CW Television Network

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 217

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 19

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Dramedy TV Shows, Ranked
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: E4

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