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Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds 

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Updated July 1, 2020 6k votes 1.1k voters 31.3k views 44 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows appropriate for a thirteen year old to watch.

Picking out what is a good TV show for 13 year olds is particularly tricky. There often feels like a big gap between "kiddie shows" and teen shows that are too mature for someone who was 12 just a year ago. If you’ve been looking for good shows for thirteen-year-olds, this list of the best television shows appropriate for kids who are 13 will help.

Good shows for 13-year-old kids offer compelling stories, good laughs, and the right amount of drama and tension to be interesting and engaging - all without getting too grown-up. Shows that offer things to think about, like The Good Place and Speechless, while also being fun to watch are great for thirteen-year-olds. Positive role models people that take the time to learn from a situation are also important elements of good shows for this age range.

Which television shows are the most appropriate for thirteen-year-olds to watch? Vote up the best shows for kids who are 13, vote down the shows that are too mature or inappropriate, and add any good series for 13-year-old kids that are missing. Then check out our list of TV shows for tweens.

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Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Paris Berelc, Isabel May, Tiffani Thiessen
Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Heather Wordham. Eagerly anticipating the start of their freshman year of high school, lifelong best friends Alexa ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 2016

The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) and three other individuals (William Jackson Harper, ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

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
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more
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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...more
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 2009

Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco Bobadilla. Three different but related families face trials and tribulations in their own unique way from ...more
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Malibu Rescue: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado, Breanna Yde

Premiered: 2019

Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series continuing the 2019 film of the same name. A ragtag group of aspiring junior lifeguards from The ...more
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

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
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Free Rein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Jaylen Barron, Céline Buckens, Kerry Ingram

Premiered: 2017

Free Rein (Netflix, 2017) is a British drama television series created by Vicky Lutas and Anna McCleery. After befriending a mysterious horse during a summer in the English countryside, ...more
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 2014

Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony Anderson) struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly ...more
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One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez

Premiered: 2017

One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of the same name. Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is a newly-single Army Nursing Corps veteran ...more
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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott

Premiered: 2009

The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and broadcast on USA Network with syndication reruns on ION Television. It is produced by Franks and Tagline ...more
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Prince of Peoria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Gavin Lewis, Theodore Barnes, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams

Premiered: 2019

Prince of Peoria (Netflix, 2018) is an American comedy television series, created by Nick Stanton and Devin Bunje. The 13-year-old prince, Prince Maxemil "Emil" Vanderklaut III (Gavin ...more
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The Baby-Sitters Club is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, Malia Baker

Premiered: 2020

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the classic children's book franchise from Ann M. Martin. In this contemporary take on the beloved book ...more
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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan

Premiered: 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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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC. The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her ...more
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more
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Once Upon a Time in Wond... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot

Premiered: 2013

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is an American fantasy-drama series that aired on ABC from October 10, 2013 to April 3, 2014. It was created by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Zack Estrin, and Jane ...more
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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond

Premiered: 2005

Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African American comedian Chris Rock. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, but Rock himself was a teenager from ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang

Premiered: 2015

Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka Khan. Louis Huang (Randall Park) relocates his family from Chinatown of Washington, DC to Orlando, ...more
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Group Chat With Annie an... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Annie LeBlanc, Jayden Bartels

Premiered: 2020

Group Chat With Annie and Jayden (Nickelodeon, 2020) is a talk show television series hosted by Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels. LeBlanc and Bartels — who have millions of followers on YouTube ...more