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The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z

Updated December 14, 2020 2.9k votes 331 voters 7.6k views49 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. 

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  • Euphoria1
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    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A...  more
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  • Sex Education2
    138
    28

    Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by...  more
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  • The End of the F***ing World3
    128
    50

    The End of the F***ing World

    Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    The End of the F***ing World (Netflix, 2018) is an eight-part British absurdist dark...  more
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  • On My Block4
    96
    39

    On My Block

    Diego Tinoco, Jason Genao

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Comedy

    On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is an American coming-of-age television series created by Lauren...  more
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  • I Am Not Okay With This5
    57
    14

    I Am Not Okay With This

    Sophia Lillis, Kathleen Rose Perkins

    Premiered2020

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Coming of age

    I Am Not Okay With This (Netflix, 2020) is an American coming-of-age drama television series...  more
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  • The Society6
    62
    21

    The Society

    Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Teen drama

    The Society (Netflix, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series created by...  more
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  • Atypical7
    87
    45

    Atypical

    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen, Comedy-drama

    Atypical (Netflix, 2017) is a coming-of-age dark comedy television series created and written...  more
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  • Big Mouth8
    75
    38

    Big Mouth

    Nick Kroll, John Mulaney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Adult, Comedy

    Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew...  more
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  • Elite9
    86
    49

    Elite

    María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Thriller, Teen drama

    Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos...  more
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  • Dear White People10
    61
    35

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama, Satire

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series...  more
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  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina11
    76
    54

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series...  more
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  • Grown-ish12
    53
    30

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Sitcom

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by...  more
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  • Trinkets13
    36
    14

    Trinkets

    Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama

    Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith,...  more
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  • Greenhouse Academy14
    48
    29

    Greenhouse Academy

    Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Greenhouse Academy (Netflix, 2017) is a tween drama television series, based on the Israeli...  more
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  • Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists15
    50
    34

    Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

    Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

    Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists (Freeform, 2019) is an American teen drama television...  more
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  • 13 Reasons Why16
    79
    68

    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Mystery

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television series based on the 2007 novel...  more
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  • Good Trouble17
    25
    9

    Good Trouble

    Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Romance

    Good Trouble (Freeform, 2019) is an American family drama television series, and a spinoff of...  more
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  • How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)18
    26
    14

    How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

    Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Drama, Dark comedy

    How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix, 2019) is a German coming-of-age comedy-drama web...  more
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  • Cloak & Dagger19
    37
    27

    Cloak & Dagger

    Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph

    Premiered2018

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

    Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski,...  more
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  • All American20
    30
    20

    All American

    Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Sports

    All American (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by April Blair....  more
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  • Scream21
    32
    27

    Scream

    Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Horror, Mystery, Anthology

    Scream (MTV, 2015) is an American anthology slasher television series developed by Jill...  more
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  • Foursome22
    20
    13

    Foursome

    Jenn McAllister, Meghan Falcon

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Teen drama

    Foursome (YouTube Red, 2016) is an American romantic comedy web series created by Marissa...  more
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  • Wayne23
    23
    17

    Wayne

    Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Comedy

    Wayne (YouTube Premium, 2019) is an American action comedy web television series created by...  more
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  • Little Voice24
    Little Voice (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series. The...  more
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  • Runaways25
    28
    24

    Runaways

    Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Superhero, Teen drama

    Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz...  more
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