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The Best Teen Drama TV Shows  

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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. 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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 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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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 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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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
elisebrun44 added 2013
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
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One Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
sennavwijk added 2014
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
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
KassahWutke added 2017
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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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 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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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Sarah Jayde added 2016
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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Switched at Birth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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Glee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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The Carrie Diaries is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 2013
Carrie Bradshaw is in her senior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love and friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and
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H2O: Just Add Water is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added 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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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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Girl Meets World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
dalila-perez added 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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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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90210 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
veronic added 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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
bobb added 2016
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
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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Emőke Dömötör added 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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The Secret Life of the America... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Robert Wabash added 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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Faking It is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
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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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teen Drama TV Shows
Mark Deniz added
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