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The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z

Updated March 11, 2021 3.4k votes 406 voters 9.9k views50 items

List RulesVote 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. 

  • 1

    Sex Education

    Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson

    PremieredJanuary 11, 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 mother...  more
  • 2


    Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney

    PremieredJune 16, 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 violence....  more
  • 3

    The End of the F***ing World

    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    PremieredOctober 24, 2017

    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 Lawther)...  more
  • 4

    On My Block

    Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao

    PremieredMarch 16, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    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
  • 5

    I Am Not Okay With This

    Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff

    PremieredFebruary 26, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Science fiction, Fantasy

    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 (Sophia...  more
  • 6


    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist

    PremieredAugust 11, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    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 girlfriend,...  more
  • 7

    The Society

    Rachel Keller, Kathryn Newton

    PremieredMay 10, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Thriller

    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 come...  more
  • 8


    Arón Piper, Miguel Bernardeau

    PremieredOctober 5, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Crime, 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 private...  more
  • 9

    Big Mouth

    Nick Kroll, John Mulaney

    PremieredSeptember 29, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Animated

    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 York...  more
  • 10


    Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell

    PremieredJune 14, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer, based on Kirsten Smith's YA novel of the same name. An unexpected...  more
  • 11


    Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole

    PremieredJanuary 3, 2018

    Genres (Tv)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 her...  more
  • 12

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P Bell

    PremieredApril 28, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    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
  • 13

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch

    PremieredOctober 26, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Science fiction, Fantasy

    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) must...  more
  • 14

    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs

    PremieredOctober 10, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Football

    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 Beverly...  more
  • 15

    Good Trouble

    Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez

    PremieredJanuary 8, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Good Trouble (Freeform, 2019) is an American family drama television series, and a spinoff of The Fosters created by Joanna Johnson, Bradley Bredeweg, and Peter Paige. Callie (Maia Mitchell) and...  more
  • 16

    Cloak & Dagger

    Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph

    PremieredJune 7, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy

    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 Joseph), two...  more
  • 17

    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts

    PremieredJanuary 1, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Music, Animated

    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
  • 18

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    PremieredMay 14, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Community

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American teen drama mystery 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
  • 19


    Martha Plimpton, Justice Jesse Smith

    PremieredMarch 11, 2021

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    Generation, stylized "Genera+ion" (HBO Max, 2021) is an American comedy-drama series created by Zelda Barnz and Daniel Barnz. The series follows a group of high school students who explore their...  more
  • 20

    Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

    Sofia Carson, Sasha Pieterse

    PremieredMarch 20, 2019

    Genres (Tv)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 quaint...  more
  • 21

    How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

    Danilo Kamperidis, Bjarne Mädel

    PremieredMay 31, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix, 2019) is a German coming-of-age comedy-drama web television series co-created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. Inspired by a true story, two high...  more
  • 22

    Feel Good

    Kim Nam-gil, Kim Ah-joong

    PremieredAugust 12, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Romantic comedy, Medical

    Feel Good (Netflix, 2020) is a British comedy-drama television series created by Mae Martin and Joe Hampson. A recovering addict and comedian (Martin) tries to control her drug habits, while...  more
  • 23


    Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus

    PremieredJune 30, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Horror

    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 as...  more
  • 24


    Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo

    PremieredJanuary 16, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Action

    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 Bravo)...  more
  • 25


    Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts

    PremieredAugust 10, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Insatiable (Netflix, 2018) is an American black comedy-drama series created by Lauren Gussis. A disgraced, dissatisfied civil lawyer-turned-beauty pageant coach (Dallas Roberts) takes on a vengeful,...  more