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Good TV Shows for Teens

Updated January 12, 2021 2.2k votes 212 voters 6.2k views90 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.

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  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine1
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    35

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz

    Premiered2013

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 2013) is an American police procedural comedy television series... more on Wikipedia
  • The Good Place2
    59
    35

    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
  • Teen Wolf3
    53
    30

    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

    Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely... more on Wikipedia
  • Pretty Little Liars4
    53
    31

    Pretty Little Liars

    Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson

    Premiered2010

    Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, 2010) is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane the Virgin5
    53
    35

    Jane the Virgin

    Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo

    Premiered2014

    Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela... more on Wikipedia
  • Moesha6
    38
    18

    Moesha

    Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young

    Premiered1996

    Moesha is an American sitcom series that aired on the UPN network from January 23, 1996, to... more on Wikipedia
  • How I Met Your Mother7
    33
    19

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter... more on Wikipedia
  • The Office8
    44
    32

    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fosters9
    37
    24

    The Fosters

    Teri Polo, Sherri Saum

    Premiered2013

    The Fosters (Freeform, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Bradley... more on Wikipedia
  • Black-ish10
    33
    22

    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
  • Degrassi: Next Class11
    33
    22

    Degrassi: Next Class

    Ana Golja, Ricardo Hoyos

    Premiered2016

    Degrassi: Next Class is a 2016 Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi... more on Wikipedia
  • My So-Called Life12
    25
    14

    My So-Called Life

    Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong

    Premiered1994

    My So-Called Life (ABC, 1994) is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie... more on Wikipedia
  • Gilmore Girls13
    36
    26

    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
  • Modern Family14
    38
    29

    Modern Family

    Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara

    Premiered2009

    Modern Family (ABC, 2009) is an American comedy television sitcom created by Francisco... more on Wikipedia
  • Saturday Night Live15
    23
    11

    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    Premiered1975

    Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television... more on Wikipedia
  • Veronica Mars16
    32
    22

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • Psych17
    29
    21

    Psych

    James Roday, Dulé Hill

    Premiered2006

    Psych is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by Steve Franks and... more on Wikipedia
  • Gotham18
    20
    10

    Gotham

    Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue

    Premiered2014

    Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • Awkward.19
    26
    18

    Awkward.

    Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff

    Premiered2011

    Awkward (MTV, 2011) is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich. After being... more on Wikipedia
  • Sherlock20
    25
    20

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia
  • Living Single21
    21
    15

    Living Single

    Queen Latifah, Kim Coles

    Premiered1993

    Living Single is an American television sitcom that aired for five seasons on the FOX network... more on Wikipedia
  • Parks and Recreation22
    24
    22

    Parks and Recreation

    Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir

    Premiered2009

    Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and... more on Wikipedia
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series23
    14
    10

    Premiered2019

    High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (Disney+, 2019) is an American mockumentary web... more on Wikipedia
  • Younger24
    16
    13

    Younger

    Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar

    Premiered2015

    Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star,... more on Wikipedia
  • Key & Peele25
    16
    13

    Key & Peele

    Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele

    Premiered2012

    Key & Peele (Comedy Central, 2012) is an American sketch comedy television series created by... more on Wikipedia