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The Best Teen Drama TV Shows 

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List Rules Any dramatic shows in which the main characters and target audience are teens. No comedies, but other cross-genre series OK.

Ranked here are the very best teen drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Popular teen drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining teen drama show of all time is. You might also enjoy best teen romance movies streaming on Netflix. The best teen TV shows aren't always just for teens, some are good in their own right, with fans of all ages! This list of the greatest teen drama shows ranks the best, based on the votes of the community (and you!) and also includes pictures from the shows, when available. You don't even have to be young to enjoy teen shows- for many adults, TV shows for teens are a guilty pleasure we just can't get enough of.

What are some good teen TV dramas? Don't let your favorite teen drama television programs fall to the bottom of the list – be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of teen drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, when available. Shows include everything from Roswell to Saved by the Bell, and even some supernatural and romantic TV shows that are great for teens and young adults.

What is the best teen drama show of all time? What are the greatest teen drama shows? From TV shows for teenage girls, teen romance TV shows and all around good TV shows to watch for teenagers, this list lets your rank your favorites in this genre. What are your favorite young adult TV shows? Vote and rerank below to channel your inner teenager and let the world know! And if you love these shows, check out our list of the best teen drama movies.

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 2007

Actors: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 2009

Actors: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the ...more
3
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 2010

Actors: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King, loosely based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. When their ...more
4
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2011

Actors: Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. A teenager named Scott (Tyler Posey), is bitten by a ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
KassahWutke added 2017

Actors: KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, + more

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
bobb added 2016

Actors: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, + more

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
7
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
elisebrun44 added 2013

Actors: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, + more

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
8
13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Mark Deniz added 2017

Actors: 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
9
One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2003

Actors: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilarie Burton

One Tree Hill (The WB, 2003) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Half-brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James lafferty) trade between kinship and ...more
10
Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Sarah Jayde added 2016

Actors: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia

Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more
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H2O: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added H2O: Just Add Water 2006

Actors: Cariba Heine, Phoebe Tonkin, Angus McLaren

H₂O: Just Add Water, also known as H₂O, is an Australian dramatic fantasy television programme for children and teenagers created by Jonathan M. Shiff. It first screened on Australia's Network ...more
12
The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 2013

Actors: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong

The Carrie Diaries (The CW, 2013) is an American teen comedy-drama television series developed by Amy B. Harris, based on the 2010 book by Candace Bushnell. Before she became a columnist, Carrie ...more
13
Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2011

Actors: Vanessa Marano, Katie Leclerc, Constance Marie

Switched at Birth (ABC Family, 2011) is an American teen and family drama television series created by Lizzy Weiss. When two teenage girls - one from a wealthy suburb (Vanessa Marano) and the ...more
14
Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2011

Actors: Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

Awkward (MTV, 2011) is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich. After being mistaken as a suicidal teen, social outcast Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) starts blogging about ...more
15
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 2000

Actors: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...more
16
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
sennavwijk added 2014

Actors: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, + more

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
17
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 1993

Actors: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly. An adolescent (Ben Savage) with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he ...more
18
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2011

Actors: Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

The Secret Circle (The CW, 2011) is an American supernatural teen drama developed by Andrew Miller, and based on the book series of the same name by L.J. Smith. 16-year-old Casse Blake (Britt ...more
19
Good Luck Charlie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2010

Actors: Bridgit Mendler, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Bradley Steven Perry

Good Luck Charlie is an American sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel from April 4, 2010 to February 16, 2014. The series' creators, Phil Baker and Drew Vaupen, wanted to create a ...more
20
Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
ahmed-maklad added 2005

Actors: Jamie Lynn Spears, Paul Butcher, Christopher Massey

Zoey 101 is an American television series which originally aired on Nickelodeon from January 9, 2005 until May 2, 2008. It focuses on the lives of teenager Zoey Brooks and her friends as they ...more
21
The Secret Life of the A... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2008

Actors: Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family, 2008) is an American teen drama television series created by Brenda Hampton. A 15-year-old (Shailene Woodley) ends up pregnant after one ...more
22
Glee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
2009

Actors: Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison

Glee (Fox, 2009) is an American musical comedy-drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. A group of ambitious misfits try to escape the harsh realities of ...more
23
Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added 2013

Actors: Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter, Ben Savage

A decade after "Boy Meets World," Cory and Topanga Matthews are married and have two children. The younger child, a daughter named Riley, faces life lessons through her family, ...more
24
90210 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
veronic added 2008

Actors: Rob Estes, Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds

90210 (The CW, 2008) is an American teen drama television series developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, and the fourth series in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise created by Darren ...more
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
mani1127 added 1998

Actors: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more