18 series about teenagers, but not only for them

1. Hooligans and nerds

Freaks and Geeks

  • United States, 1999–2000.
  • Teen drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.8.

The action takes place in the early 1980s in a fictional town near Detroit. High school student Sam Weir, who is in the company of typical nerds, is trying to change his school life for the better. And Sam’s older sister, an excellent student Lindsey, falls in love with the informal leader of the freaks – the charming Daniel Desario.

The project of Jude Apatow – the creator of “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Pineapple Express” – lasted on the screens for the entire season. However, this did not prevent the series from firmly gaining a foothold among the cult. In many ways, the success was facilitated by a brilliant team of actors, including Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel.

2 Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

  • United States, 2000–2007.
  • Comedy family drama.
  • Duration: 7 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.2.
Frame from the series “Gilmore Girls”

The plot is based on extraordinary situations that occur in the life of the main character Lorelai Gilmore and her teenage daughter Rory. Lorelai, an early mother, is trying to build a career and find common ground with her wealthy parents, and Rory is gradually transformed from a shy girl into a determined young woman.

Gilmore Girls is a kind of encyclopedia of women’s life from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of The Amazing Mrs Maisel. The series pays a lot of attention to pressing issues: the problems of family, friendship, love, education, career. Thanks to this, the project is still relevant today.

Although Gilmore Girls never achieved ratings success, it was a critically acclaimed hit. And in 2016, the legendary series reappeared on the screens. The revival project is called Gilmore Girls: Seasons and is being released on the streaming service Netflix.

3. Gossip Girl

gossip girl

  • United States, 2007–2012.
  • Teen melodrama.
  • Duration: 6 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

The series, based on the book series by American writer Cecily von Ziegesar, centers around the lives of wealthy and carefree teenagers on the Upper East Side and tells about their friendships, crushes, gossip and betrayal.

In 2021, HBO released a spin-off of the original story. The story centers on a new group of young people from New York , and the action takes place nine years after the events of the last season of Gossip Girl.

4. Milkers

Skins

  • UK, 2007–2013.
  • Teen drama.
  • Duration: 7 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.2.
Shot from the series “Skins”

The main plot is tied around a group of teenagers from Bristol. The guys face difficult problems: sexual self-determination, family troubles, mental disorders . The protagonist of the first season, Tony Stonem, is a self-confident ringleader, smart and popular young man. It is his subtle psychological manipulation that becomes the catalyst for most of the events in the series.

Three generations of teenagers appear in “Skins”, each of which is devoted to two seasons. The final seventh tells about the adult life of characters beloved by the audience.

Some of the young actors who played the main roles in the series later achieved even greater success. So, Dev Patel was repeatedly nominated for various prestigious awards and played in Slumdog Millionaire, Chappie the Robot, Marigold Hotel.

Nicholas Hoult, who embodied the image of Tony Stonem, subsequently appeared in the films Mad Max: Fury Road, The Warmth of Our Bodies, X-Men: First Class, and many others. And Kaya Scodelario starred in the youth dystopia The Maze Runner and the biopic about the maniac Ted Bundy Beautiful, Bad, Evil.

5. Chorus

Glee

  • United States, 2009–2015.
  • Musical tragicomedy.
  • Duration: 6 seasons.
  • IMDb: 6.8.

The action takes place in the most ordinary American school, where both losers and popular guys study. Spanish teacher Will Schuester opens a music club, a haven for nerds and misfits. But when the choir fills with the star of the football team, the local elite also joins.

Ryan Murphy’s “Chorus” will appeal to both music lovers and lovers of good satire. The series covers pop music and reflects the problems that concern modern America: racial intolerance, gender inequality and attitudes towards people with disabilities.

6. Very strange things

Stranger Things

  • United States, 2016 – present.
  • Mystical thriller, drama, comedy.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.7.

In the center of the plot – the mysterious events taking place in the American town of Hawkins. Scientists from a secret government research center accidentally open the door to a creepy other world, in which schoolboy Will disappears without a trace. His best friends start their own investigation and meet a strange silent girl Eleven, endowed with the gift of telepathy and telekinesis.

With subtle references to 1980s cult science fiction and horror films, the Duffer Brothers series is considered one of the best nostalgic TV shows of recent years. The creators themselves admit that they were inspired by the works of Stephen King, as well as the films of Steven Spielberg and David Fincher.

If in the first season the main characters were still children, then by the second season they had already matured a little: they fell in love, kissed for the first time and danced at the prom. And in the third and fourth, there are teenagers in front of the audience.

7 American Vandal

american vandal

  • United States, 2017–2018.
  • Pseudo-documentary comedy drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

One of the Californian high schools is shaken by an act of outrageous vandalism. Suspicion of students and teachers falls on the local bully Dylan Maxwell. And only high school students Peter Maldonado and Sam Acklund do not believe that this is so. To get to the bottom of the truth, the guys begin their own investigation.

American Vandal creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perro, authors of the hit YouTube comedy almanac CollegeHumor, conceived their project as a comic parody of investigative documentary series like Creating a Killer or Serial. But in the end, they came up with something more – a witty, subtle and poignant statement about the life of modern teenagers.

8. End of the *** world

The End of the F***ing World

  • UK, 2017-2019.
  • Teen drama, black comedy, road movie.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.2.
Shot from the series “The End of the *** World”

The series tells the story of two troubled teenagers who escaped from their native outback. Unsociable 17-year-old James considers himself a psychopath and is going to kill classmate Alice. But the girl unexpectedly offers to leave the city together. James agrees, deciding that the plan can be carried out later, but gradually falls in love with his companion.

Critics and viewers highly appreciated the film adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman. The series is full of violence and dark humor, but first of all, this is a story about how desperately teenagers want to become adults and what comes of it.

9. Atypical

atypical

  • United States, 2017–2021.
  • Teen drama, black comedy.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

Eighteen-year-old student with an autism spectrum disorder, Sam Gardner, leads a completely ordinary life: he communicates with his best friend Zahid, works after school and goes to a psychologist. The latter advises the hero to get a girlfriend in order to better adapt in society.

“Atypical” is a simple, but very kind series. Moreover, it is not so much autism itself that comes to the fore in it, but the attitude of other people to this feature. Nevertheless, the creators still consulted with specialists for a long time so that the actor Keir Gilchrist looked and behaved believably.

10. 13 reasons why

13 reasons why

  • United States, 2017–2020.
  • Teenage detective drama.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.5.

High school student Clay Jensen finds audiotapes that his girlfriend Hannah Baker recorded before she committed suicide. From them, the hero will have to find out that the girl was pushed to this step by the cruelty of her peers and the indifference of adults. But he himself is guilty of something in front of her.

13 Reasons Why takes on very serious topics, including school bullying , the psychological rehabilitation of rape victims, and the prevention of teen suicide. The first season is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Jay Asher and fully revealed the plot of the book.

After the success of the first season, three more followed. In them, the characters gradually grow older and face more serious problems. The series has matured along with its characters and more and more began to resemble Riverdale in concept and atmosphere.

11. Riverdale

riverdale

  • United States, 2017 – present.
  • Teenage detective drama.
  • Duration: 6 seasons.
  • IMDb: 6.6.

Football star Archie Andrews, a resident of the small town of Riverdale, finds himself caught in a love triangle with his best friend, Betty Cooper, and wealthy businessman’s newcomer daughter, Veronica Lodge.

Meanwhile, young Jason Blossom is killed under mysterious circumstances. Investigating this case, the guys are increasingly immersed in the dark mysteries of Riverdale.

“Riverdale” is often compared to the iconic projects of the 90s – ” Twin Peaks ” and “Beverly Hills, 90210”. The show is based on Archie comics, iconic for American pop culture, the first issues of which appeared in the early 40s. For a long time they remained rather old-fashioned, but a few years ago the series was relaunched, making it progressive and modern. And the series is based on these updated comics.

12 Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

  • United States, 2018–2020.
  • Mystery comedy drama.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.4.
Shot from the series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”

The young half-blood witch Sabrina Spellman is looking forward to her sixteenth birthday, because on this day she is destined to become the bride of Satan and renounce her earthly friends in order to serve the devil. But the closer the date, the more Sabrina doubts this venture: the girl does not want to part with her friends and her boyfriend. A long struggle begins in which the heroine tries to defend her freedom and the right to human life.

The project was announced as a remake of the 90s teen sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but in reality it turned out to have almost nothing in common with the original, except for the names of the main characters. The new “Sabrina” is full of demonic themes and frankly violent scenes, but this all makes the series only more interesting and unusual.

13. Solid sucks!

Everything Sucks!

  • USA, 2018.
  • Teen comedy.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.5.
A frame from the TV series “Total sucks!”

The action takes place in a high school in a provincial American town with the speaking name Boring (translated from English as “boredom”) in the mid-90s. The shy protagonist named Luke comes to the school video club, meets a girl there and instantly falls in love. Because of an unsuccessful attempt to win the heart of his beloved, the production of Chekhov is disrupted, and the offended guys from the theater circle declare war on the video club.

Like 13 Reasons Why, the series plunges into the difficult inner world of teenagers. The main characters are typical losers and nerds who have to get their first serious life lessons. Unfortunately, the series only lasted one season. But “Sucks!” still worth watching (like many other canceled Netflix projects).

14. Elite

Elite

  • Spain, 2018 – present.
  • Crime teen drama.
  • Duration: 6 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.4.

Samuel, Nadia and Christian are ordinary teenagers who received a scholarship to study at the most prestigious school in Spain, which is attended by children only of wealthy and influential people. Locals immediately disliked the newcomers, which led to a serious conflict based on class intolerance. Unknown circumstances lead to the death of one of the students.

The structure of Elite is reminiscent of Big Little Lies . At the very beginning of the series, the viewer finds out who died and under what circumstances, but the identity of the killer will become known only in the finale.

In addition to the fact that “Elite” is a rather exciting thriller with an unexpected ending, it is also a very vital drama about schoolchildren who face non-childish problems: drugs, early pregnancy, racial and class intolerance, and even HIV infection.

15. Sex education

sex education

  • United Kingdom, 2019 – present.
  • Comedy teen drama.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.4.
Shot from the series “Sex Education”

One day, the shy and uncommunicative Otis helps the school bully Adam solve a very delicate problem. Realizing that in an educational institution, almost every teenager has a lot of difficulties in his personal life, and usually there is no one to discuss them with, he teams up with the local Maeve and opens an underground psychotherapy room for his peers.

Despite the fact that there are enough explicit scenes in Sex Education, the story as a whole still looks very touching. In the series, sex is served primarily as a way to understand yourself. The show is not limited to talking about how to properly and safely make love, but also uses this topic to say: all problems are from poor communication. Sometimes just listening to each other is enough.

16. Society

The Society

  • USA, 2019.
  • Mystical drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.0.
Frame from the series “Society”

A group of teenagers return from a school trip, but at home it turns out that all the adults have disappeared without a trace, and not a soul is left in the city. The euphoria from the newfound freedom passes quickly, and it is not possible to get out of the native settlement. The heroes will have to not only leave childhood behind and figure out the mysterious reasons for what happened, but also survive .

The series is inspired by the novel “Lord of the Flies” and perfectly covers the theme of human relationships. In addition, the show is quite exciting to watch due to unexpected plot twists and skillful forcing drama.

17. Euphoria

Euphoria

  • United States, 2019 – present.
  • Teen drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

The story is told from the perspective of a girl named Ru. After an overdose and rehabilitation, she returns to her hometown. The heroine talks about her friendship with a transgender high school student Jules and her environment, which uses drugs and leads an antisocial lifestyle.

Perhaps this is the most provocative series on this list. “Euphoria” is aimed more at an adult audience than at teenagers themselves. At the same time, creator Sam Levinson hopes that his project will help parents find a common language with children from Generation Z.

18. Wayne

Wayne

  • USA, 2019.
  • Comedy fighter.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 8.4.

The plot centers around a couple of teenagers who run away from home in order to return the stolen car of the protagonist’s deceased father. And along the way, they get into a fight for any reason. In addition, in the course of events, the viewer learns about the difficult past of schoolchildren.

This series, available on YouTube Premium, is full of grotesque violence and cruel humor. And this is not surprising, because its authors are one of the creators of the film about Deadpool. Events in the show are developing rapidly, so it is interesting to watch.

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