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Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds

Updated August 7, 2020 11.0k votes 1.5k voters 42.7k views46 items

List RulesVote 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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    The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    The Good Place

    Kristen Bell, Ted Danson

    Premiered2016

    The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy-comedy television series created by Michael... more on Wikipedia
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    Alexa & Katie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Alexa & Katie

    Paris Berelc, Isabel May
    Alexa & Katie (Netflix, 2018) is an American television sitcom created by Heather Wordham.... more on Wikipedia
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    Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco... more on Wikipedia
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    Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Supergirl

    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks

    Premiered2015

    Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed... more on Wikipedia
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    The Baby-Sitters Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph

    Premiered2020

    The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix, 2020) is an American family television series based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

    Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira... more on Wikipedia
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    Malibu Rescue: The Series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Malibu Rescue: The Series

    Abby Donnelly, Ricardo Hurtado

    Premiered2019

    Malibu Rescue: The Series (Netflix, 2019) is an American adventure comedy television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting... more on Wikipedia
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

    Premiered2013

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Black-ish

    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    Premiered2014

    Black-ish (ABC, 2014) is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. A family man (Anthony... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Free Rein is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Free Rein

    Jaylen Barron, Céline Buckens

    Premiered2017

    Free Rein (Netflix, 2017) is a British drama television series created by Vicky Lutas and Anna... more on Wikipedia
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    One Day at a Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    One Day at a Time

    Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell

    Premiered2017

    One Day at a Time (Netflix) is a 2017 sitcom loosely based on the 1975 Norman Lear series of... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Psych is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Middle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    The Middle

    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

    Premiered2009

    The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the... more on Wikipedia
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    Prince of Peoria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Prince of Peoria

    Gavin Lewis, Theodore Barnes

    Premiered2019

    Prince of Peoria (Netflix, 2018) is an American comedy television series, created by Nick... more on Wikipedia
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    Dance Academy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Dance Academy

    Xenia Goodwin, Alicia Banit

    Premiered2010

    Dance Academy is an Australian teen-oriented television drama produced by Werner Film... more on Wikipedia
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    Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Agent Carter

    Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy

    Premiered2016

    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for... more on Wikipedia
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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

    Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha

    Premiered2013

    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is an American fantasy-drama series that aired on ABC from... more on Wikipedia
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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and... more on Wikipedia
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    Everybody Hates Chris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Everybody Hates Chris

    Terry Crews, Tichina Arnold

    Premiered2005

    Everybody Hates Chris is an American sitcom based on the teenage experiences of African... more on Wikipedia
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    Fresh Off the Boat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for 13 Year Olds
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park

    Premiered2015

    Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka... more on Wikipedia
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