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List Rules Any drama series in which the main characters and target audience are primarily teens.

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. Teenage 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 romantic TV series 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!

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added The Vampire Diaries 2009 The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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26,954 9,093
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added Pretty Little Liars 2010 Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more

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21,053 6,873
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Teen Wolf 2011 Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more

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21,214 5,617
Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added Gossip Girl 2007 Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more

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13,294 5,869
One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
One Tree Hill 2003 One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB. After the series' third season, The WB merged with UPN to form The ...more

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10,357 6,511
Glee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Glee 2009 Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that aired on the Fox network in the United States from May 19, 2009, to March 20, 2015. It focuses on the fictitious William McKinley ...more

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12,763 4,275
The Originals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
abby3314 added The Originals 2013 The Originals is an American television series that began airing on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season and is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The series premiere aired after ...more

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8,942 5,331
90210 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
veronic added Beverly Hills 90210 2008 90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more

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10,395 4,740
Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Awkward. 2011 Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show's central character is Jenna Hamilton, a Palos Verdes, California, teenager who struggles with her ...more

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8,832 2,796
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
elisebrun44 added The 100 2013 The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a book of the same name, the first ...more

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6,286 3,437
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Gilmore Girls 2000 Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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8,312 3,971
Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Switched at Birth 2011 Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City ...more

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7,516 3,446
The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added The Carrie Diaries 2013 Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and

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5,096 3,429
The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added The O.C. 2003 The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The ...more

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6,969 3,343
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
The Secret Circle 2011 The Secret Circle is an American supernatural teen drama that aired on The CW from September 15, 2011, to May 10, 2012. It is based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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4,955 1,276
Wizards of Waverly Place is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Wizards of Waverly Place 2007 Wizards of Waverly Place is an American fantasy teen sitcom which ran from October 12, 2007 to January 6, 2012 on Disney Channel. The series was created by Todd J. Greenwald, and stars Selena ...more

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4,669 2,455
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Boy Meets World 1993 Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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6,393 3,574
The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
The Secret Life of the American Teenager 2008 The Secret Life of the American Teenager is an American teen drama television series created by Brenda Hampton. It first aired on ABC Family on July 1, 2008 and ran until June 3, 2013. The show ...more

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3,940 3,595
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997 Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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4,552 2,545
Faking It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Faking It 2014 Faking It is an American single-camera romantic comedy series that premiered on MTV on April 22, 2014. The series was created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. Carter Covington developed the ...more

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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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3,562 1,776
Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added Girl Meets World 2013 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

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5,006 3,343
The Lying Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
The Lying Game 2011 The Lying Game is an American teen drama television series that aired on ABC Family from August 15, 2011 to March 12, 2013. The series was produced by Pratt Enterprises, Alloy Entertainment, and ...more

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3,455 1,431
Young & Hungry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Young & Hungry 2014 Young & Hungry is an American sitcom created by David Holden, and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. The multi-camera series stars Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski, Aimee Carrero, Kym ...more

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3,812 1,483
H2O: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added H2O: Just Add Water 2006 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

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3,180 1,379
Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Scream Queens 2015 Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more

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4,041 2,473
Twisted is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Twisted 2013 Twisted is an American teen drama mystery-thriller television series. The pilot episode aired on March 19, 2013, and the show's next 10 episodes resumed airing on June 18, 2013. On July 30, ...more

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3,524 2,173
Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Degrassi: The Next Generation 2001 Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi universe, which was created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. Degrassi is the fourth fictional ...more

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2,850 1,185
iCarly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
iCarly 2007 iCarly is an American teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 8, 2007 until November 23, 2012. The series was created by Dan Schneider. It focuses on teenager Carly Shay, who creates ...more

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3,549 2,055
The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
The Tomorrow People 2013 The Tomorrow People is an American science fiction television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, and Julie Plec that aired on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. ...more

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2,630 2,465
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Veronica Mars 2004 Veronica Mars is an American mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the ...more

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3,100 2,317
Skins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Skins 2007 Skins is a British teen drama that followed the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial storylines have explored ...more

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4,136 236
Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
KassahWutke added Riverdale 2017 Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics.

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2,436 2,067
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Friday Night Lights 2006 Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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2,407 1,965
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Smallville 2001 Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more

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2,560 1,929
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
carlybobarly added Beverly Hills 90210 1990 Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more

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1,841 1,767
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
carlybobarly added Freaks and Geeks 1999 Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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1,439 1,754
Suburgatory is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Suburgatory 2011 Suburgatory is an American sitcom television series created by Emily Kapnek that premiered on ABC on September 28, 2011, and ended on May 14, 2014. The series originally aired on Wednesday ...more

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2,103 1,170
Red Band Society is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
elisebrun44 added Red Band Society 2014 Red Band Society is an American teen medical comedy-drama television series on Fox for the 2014–15 American television season developed by Margaret Nagle. The series premiered on September 17, ...more

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895 456
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
mani1127 added That '70s Show 1998 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

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1,720 538
Zoey 101 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
ahmed-maklad added Zoey 101 2005 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

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2,155 1,138
Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Joanna Duong added Dance Academy 2010 Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film Productions in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ZDF. Series one premiered on 31 ...more

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1,870 833
Good Luck Charlie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Good Luck Charlie 2010 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

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1,494 439
Drake & Josh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Guest_4fc420e5-3b09-480f-8d08-4be7519df43e added Drake & Josh 2004 Drake and Josh are two guys with different personalities. REALLY different. Going to the same school is about the only thing they have in common. But that's about to change--in a BIG way. See, ...more

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1,191 619
Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Star-Crossed 2014 Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 ...more

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1,934 1,997
Greek is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added Greek 2007 Greek is an American comedy-drama television series that ran from July 9, 2007 to March 7, 2011 on ABC Family. The series follows students of the fictitious Cyprus-Rhodes University, located in ...more

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2,146 1,889
Jane by Design is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Jane by Design 2012 Jane by Design is an American comedy-drama television series on ABC Family. The series follows the life of Jane Quimby, a teenager who is mistaken for an adult, as she finally gets her fashion ...more

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1,244 713
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
jenz-meonada-sespeñe added Beauty and the Beast 2012 Beauty & the Beast is an American television series, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered ...more

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1,562 1,078
Finding Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
georgia12345 added Finding Carter 2014 Finding Carter is an American teen drama television series that premiered on MTV on July 8, 2014. The series was created by Emily Silver, and stars Kathryn Prescott as Carter, a young teenage ...more

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1,640 1,465
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Dawson's Creek 1998 Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more