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Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds  

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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.

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When she is told by Michael (Ted Danson), her facilitator, that she is in "The Good Place" because ...more
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson
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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Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
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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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
Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty) is a good-hearted, earnest ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
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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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi
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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
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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Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 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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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
Free Rein (Netflix, 2017) is a British children's 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
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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
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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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson
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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Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold, Tequan Richmond
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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Galavant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created, written, and executive produced by Dan Fogelman with executive producers Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, ...more
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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana
Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more
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Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang
Fresh Off the Boat is a comedy series starring Randall Park, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Hudson Yang, and Forrest Wheeler that is inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and ...more
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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott
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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Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit, Dena Kaplan
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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Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi
Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more
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Degrassi: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
KassahWutke added Stefan Brogren, Aislinn Paul, Melinda Shankar
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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Scrubs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke
Scrubs is an American medical comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001 to March 17, 2010 on NBC and later ABC. The series follows the lives of employees ...more
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Malibu Rescue: The Series is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado, Breanna Yde
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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
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