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, too! 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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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, NBC 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 ...more
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 2 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
The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper
The Good Place (NBC, 2016) is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to discover she has entered the afterlife. When ...more
Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 4 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
The Office is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer
The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more
Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale
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
Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 7 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
How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 8 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
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 9 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
Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 10 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
Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 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
The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly
The Fosters is an American family drama television series that airs on the ABC Family network in the United States and ABC Spark in Canada. The series follows the lives of the titular Foster ...more
Utopia Falls is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Robyn Alomar, Akiel Julien, Robbie Graham-Kuntz
Utopia Falls (Hulu, 2020) is a musical sci-fi television drama created by R.T. Thorne. In a genre bending take on a coming of age story, a group of teens in a distant future colony uncover an ...more
The Middle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kyle Hanson added
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
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more
Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed
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
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more
Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 18 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
Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden
Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more
Moesha is listed (or ranked) 20 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
Lost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more
Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 22 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
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 23 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
Psych is listed (or ranked) 24 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
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 25 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