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Good TV Shows for Teens 

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Updated July 30, 2020 1.5k votes 194 voters 5.3k views 80 items

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

Premiered: 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 ...more
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The Good Place is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Premiered: 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, ...more
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale

Premiered: 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 ...more
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The Office is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 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 ...more
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The Fosters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Premiered: 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
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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 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
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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen

Premiered: 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 ...more
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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Black-ish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Degrassi: Next Class is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 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) ...more
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Psych is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

Premiered: 2006

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
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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
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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Awkward. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Ashley Rickards, Beau Mirchoff, Jillian Rose Reed

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Parks and Recreation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Amy Poehler, Jim O'Heir, Nick Offerman

Premiered: 2009

Parks and Recreation (NBC, 2009) is an American television sitcom created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. The series follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a perky mid-level bureaucrat, and her ...more
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Moesha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Brandy Norwood, William Allen Young, Marcus T. Paulk

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Gaius Charles

Premiered: 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 ...more
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High School Musical: The... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester

Premiered: 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
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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 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 ...more
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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

Premiered: 2014

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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more
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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good TV Shows for Teens
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by Paul Feig. A gifted high schooler (Linda Cardellini) starts hanging out with a group of burnouts, while ...more