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Good TV Shows for Teens

Updated May 3, 2021 2.6k votes 228 voters 6.8k views98 items

List RulesVote 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.

  • 1

    The Good Place

    Kristen Bell, Ted Danson

    PremieredSeptember 19, 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, Jameela...  more
  • 2

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher

    PremieredSeptember 17, 2013

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in...  more
  • 3

    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    PremieredJune 5, 2011

    Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. A teenager named Scott (Tyler Posey), is bitten by a werewolf...  more
  • 4

    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    PremieredJune 8, 2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King, loosely based on the novel series by Sara Shepard. When their best...  more
  • 5

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    PremieredSeptember 19, 2005

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays. Through a series of flashbacks, Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) recounts to his children the journey he and...  more
  • 6

    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    PremieredOctober 13, 2014

    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 pregnant...  more
  • 7

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    PremieredMarch 24, 2005

    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office of...  more
  • 8

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    PremieredOctober 5, 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
  • 9

    Degrassi: Next Class

    Amanda Arcuri, Jamie Bloch

    PremieredJanuary 4, 2016

    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 ensemble...  more
  • 10

    The Fosters

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    PremieredJune 3, 2013

    The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley Bredeweig and Peter Paige. Teenager Callie Jacob (Maia Mitchell) is placed in a foster home with a lesbian...  more
  • 11


    Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross

    PremieredSeptember 24, 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 white,...  more
  • 12

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen

    PremieredSeptember 23, 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 the...  more
  • 13


    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff

    PremieredJuly 19, 2011

    Awkward (MTV, 2011) is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich. After being mistaken as a suicidal teen, social outcast Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) starts blogging about her...  more
  • 14


    James Roday Rodriguez, Dulé Hill

    PremieredJuly 7, 2006

    Psych (USA Network, 2007) is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) is a young consultant for the Santa Barbara Police Department...  more
  • 15

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father (Enrico Colantoni) is...  more
  • 16


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    PremieredJuly 25, 2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective (Benedict...  more
  • 17

    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

    Joshua Bassett, Olivia Rodrigo

    PremieredNovember 8, 2019

    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web television series based on the film series of the same name created by Peter Barsocchini. The series...  more
  • 18

    The Middle

    Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn

    PremieredSeptember 30, 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, 2009 on...  more
  • 19


    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    PremieredMarch 28, 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 adventures...  more
  • 20

    Love, Victor

    Michael Cimino, Ana Ortiz

    PremieredJune 17, 2020

    Love, Victor (Hulu, 2020) is an American romantic comedy web television series created by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger, inspired by and set in the same world as the 2018 film of the same name....  more
  • 21


    Kaya Scodelario, Jack O'Connell

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2007

    Skins (E4, 2007) is a British teen comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and...  more
  • 22


    Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2014

    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
  • 23

    Friday Night Lights

    Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton

    PremieredOctober 3, 2006

    Friday Night Lights (NBC, 2006) is an American sports drama television series developed by Peter Berg, inspired by the 1990 nonfiction book by H. G. Bissinger. A drama that follows the lives of the...  more
  • 24


    Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young

    PremieredJanuary 23, 1996

    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 student...  more
  • 25

    No Good Nick

    Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin

    PremieredApril 15, 2019

    No Good Nick (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy television series created by David H. Steinberg and Keetgi Kogan. The show centers on 13-year-old Nicole aka Nick (Siena Agudong), who infiltrates a...  more