Entertainment Good TV Shows for Teens  

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List Rules Vote up the best shows appropriate for a teenager to watch.

Finding the best shows for teenagers to watch can be tricky. Not all TV shows starring teens (or actors playing teens) are necessarily the best for teens to watch - themes can get too dark, romances too intimate, or morals too thin. Conversely, some “grown-up” series are not only great for teens, but they’re also something they can watch with their parents. If you’ve been looking for good shows for teens, this list of the best television shows appropriate for teens will help find the right balance of what is “good for teens” and “actually fun to watch.”

Every teen is different and just because someone is now high school-aged doesn’t mean they automatically are ready to watch crime shows or edgy humor. But that doesn't mean they want to watch shows for kids anymore either. The best shows for teens to watch find a balance between compelling and creepy, romantic and raunchy. Some good shows for teens portray positive examples of family, such as Jane the Virgin, Gilmore Girls, and Moesha. Others offer good role models or even open up dialogues about the stress of being a teen, like Degrassi and My So-Called Life.

Which television shows are the most appropriate for a teenager to watch? Vote up the best shows for teens, vote down the shows that they wouldn't enjoy, and add any good series for teens that are missing.

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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk
Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to May 14, 2001. The series stars R&B singer Brandy Norwood as Moesha Denise Mitchell, a high school ...more

8 0
Psych is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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

12 2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 2013) is an American police television sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's ...more

9 1
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn
Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more

8 2
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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

8 2
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden
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

9 3
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas
Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more

9 3
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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

5 0
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders
How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in ...more

5 0
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco
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

7 2
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more

6 2
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman
Parks and Recreation is an American television sitcom starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a perky, mid-level bureaucrat in the parks department of Pawnee, a fictional town in Indiana. Created ...more

7 4
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Jon Michael Hill
Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. Following his fall from grace in London and ...more

5 2
Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Ana Golja, Ricardo Hoyos, Stefan Brogren
Degrassi: Next Class is a 2016 Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi Universe, the fifth series in the Degrassi franchise. Like its predecessors, the series follows an ...more

3 0
Skins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie
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. Each episode generally focuses on a particular ...more

6 4
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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

6 4
Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller
Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. It stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth ...more

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Younger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor
Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. New divorcee Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) finds life difficult at ...more

2 0
Good Behavior is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney
Good Behavior (TNT, 2016) is an American drama television series based on the novella series by Blake Crouch. Released from prison on good behavior, con artist Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) ...more

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Comedy Bang! Bang! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, Scott Mescudi
Comedy Bang! Bang! is a television series created and hosted by Scott Aukerman, featuring his co-host/bandleader Reggie Watts. The show airs weekly on IFC and is a spin-off of his successful ...more

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Bloodline is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini
Bloodline (Netflix, 2015) is an American thriller–drama web television series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman. A family of adult siblings find that their past ...more

2 0
Six Degrees is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby
Six Degrees is an American dramatic television series about six residents of New York City and their respective relationships and connections with one another, based on the idea of six degrees ...more

2 0
Recovery Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Jessica Sula, Sebastian de Souza, Alexis Carra
Recovery Road is an American teen drama television series based on the 2011 young adult novel of the same name by Blake Nelson.

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
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