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The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z 

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Updated May 25, 2020 1.5k votes 227 voters 5.1k views 41 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows that deal with Gen Z issues currently airing new episodes on TV or a streaming service.

Society is currently in the age of Generation Z. This is the demographic that has come after millennials and represents people born between 1997 and 2012. For this generation, technology has always been at the forefront of everyday lives. Most Gen Zers have had a smartphone for as long as they can remember. However, as with all generations, it would be uncouth to make far-reaching generalizations as every person is unique in his or her own way. After all, not all millennials enjoy avocado toast.

For this list, it's time for people of all demographics to vote for the best TV shows for Gen Z. These are series airing episodes in 2019 that prominently feature Gen Z characters getting into situations any post-millennial would be able to relate to. From Riverdale to 13 Reasons Why, there are plenty of shows that have captured the Gen Z experience in a unique way.

What show do you think belongs at the top of the list? These are the most popular TV shows for young people today, but you do not have to be a youngster to vote. People of all ages can enjoy these shows, so vote for the ones you relate to most. 

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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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The End of the F***ing W... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama

The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series, based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. 17-year-old James (Alex ...more
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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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
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On My Block is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao, Jessica Marie Garcia

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy

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
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Atypical is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Atypical Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Teen, Comedy-drama

Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written by Robia Rashid. Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, looks for a ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adult, Comedy

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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Elite is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Teen drama

Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive ...more
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The Society is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Teen drama

The Society (Netflix, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series created by Christopher Keyser. After discovering everybody else in their town has vanished, a group of teenagers must ...more
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

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
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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Satire

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a ...more
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I Am Not Okay With This ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sofia Bryant

Premiered: 2020

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Coming of age

I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series created, directed, written, and executive produced by Jonathan Entwistle and Christy Hall. Sydney ...more
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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

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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Greenhouse Academy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts, Chris O'Neal

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama

Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli television series, adapted by Giora Chamizer and Paula Yoo. At an elite Southern California boarding ...more
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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begin ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

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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Pretty Little Liars: The... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish, Sofia Carson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform, 2019) is an American teen drama television series developed by I. Marlene King, based on the novel by Sara Shepard. Nothing in the perfectly ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Action, Superhero, Romance, Sci-fi, Teen drama

Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more
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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama

Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer, based on Kristen Smith's YA novel of the same name. An unexpected ...more
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Good Trouble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Tommy Martinez

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Romance

Good Trouble (Freeform, 2019) is an American family drama television series, and a spinoff of The Fosters. Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana Foster (Cierra Ramirez) move to Los Angeles and ...more
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All American is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sports

All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair. When a rising high school football player (Daniel Ezra) from South L.A. is recruited to play for ...more
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Wayne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo, Joshua J. Williams

Genres (Tv): Action, Comedy

Wayne (YouTube Premium, 2019) is an American action comedy web television series created by Shawn Simmons. Teenager Wayne (Mark McKenna) sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del (Ciara ...more
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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Runaways Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner
Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy.
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Coop & Cami Ask the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Dakota Lotus, Ruby Rose Turner, Olivia Sanabia

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Coop & Cami Ask the World (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American comedy television series created by Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin. Middle school-aged siblings, Coop (Dakota Lotus) and ...more
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Scream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Scream Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime, Horror, Mystery, Anthology

Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill Blotevogel, Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, based on the film series. After a cyber-bullying incident serves ...more
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Foursome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Foursome Jenn McAllister, Meghan Falcon, Brooke Markham

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Teen drama

Foursome (YouTube Red, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web series created by Marissa Read, Selyna Warren, and Awesomeness TV. When her older brother Alec (Logan Paul) stops her from dating ...more