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The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z  

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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
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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey
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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The End of the F***ing World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Alex Lawther, Jessica Barden, Gemma Whelan
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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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
On My Block (Netflix, 2018) is a coming-of-age television series created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft. Four bright and street-savvy friends navigate their way through the ...more
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Atypical is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine
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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Élite is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Miguel Herrán, Aron Piper, Mina El Hammani
Elite (Netflix, 2018), in Spanish "Élite" and stylized as "ÉLITƎ" is a Spanish teen drama television series created and written by Carlos Montero and ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
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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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Grown-ish Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell
Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein
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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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh
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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Pretty Little Liars: The Perfe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Sasha Pieterse, Janel Parrish, Sofia Carson
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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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton
Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
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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Greenhouse Academy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Ariel Mortman, Finn Roberts, Chris O'Neal
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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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth
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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Scream is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus, John Karna
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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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
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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All American is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan
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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Five Points is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Hayley Kiyoko, Madison Pettis, Ray Cham Jr.
Five Points (Facebook Watch, 2018) is an American teen drama web television series created by Adam Giaudrone. Five students at a South Side, Chicago high school experience a life-changing event ...more
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Wayne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo, Joshua J. Williams
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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Insatiable is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, Christopher Gorham
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 ...more
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Good Trouble is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Tommy Martinez
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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The Society is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Gideon Adlon, Domenic Arduino, Sean Berdy
The Society (Netflix, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series created by Christopher Keyser and unofficially inspired by the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. A group of ...more
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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell
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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The Casagrandes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows That Speak to Generation Z
Izabella Alvarez, Carlos PenaVega, Alexa PenaVega
The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon, 2019) is an American animated comedy television series and a spin-off of The Loud House. Ronnie Anne Santiago, her older brother Bobby, and their mother Maria move ...more