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82 Teen Drama TV and Streaming Series by Tomatometer

Updated April 20, 2020

Teen dramas, like the very audience they’re reaching, have always had an uphill climb to be taken seriously. They are beloved, but do critics actually think they’re any good? While Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars are often cited as series that impacted critics’ formative years and have high Tomatometer ratings, others are dismissed as nothing but guilty pleasures.

Then along come titles like Outer Banks, which is now streaming on Netflix and is Fresh at 69% on the Tomatometer; Marvel’s Runaways, which is Fresh at 87% and comes from streamer Hulu; and The CW’s hit Riverdale.

Rotten Tomatoes has gathered the scores of these and many others in the genre to determine which show wins the title of best-reviewed teen drama. Where the Tomatometer scores are tied, we’ve listed those with the higher number of reviews higher on the list to reflect that more critics weighed in, and then alphabetically for those that have the same score and the same number of reviews. There are 10 series listed with a 100% Tomatometer score, for example, but The Order and Recovery Road each have only six reviews for their first and only seasons and are ranked at the bottom of the 100%-scoring titles and are listed alphabetically, while My So-Called Life ranks higher with 17 reviews on its first and only season.

A number of teen dramas like Beverly Hills 90210, Dawson’s CreekThe Wonder Years, and The Vampire Diaries/Originals spin-off Legacies currently do not have enough Tomatometer-eligible reviews across their seasons to receive a series-level score. We will update this list if and when such titles receive a score.

Disagree with the results? Tell us in the comments which series you think should have been ranked higher (or lower).

Between (2015)
22%

#82
Synopsis: A survivalist drama revolving around a town that has been stricken by a mysterious, deadly disease that has killed everyone... [More]
Directed By: Michael McGowan

October Faction (2020)
29%

#81
Synopsis: Monster hunters Fred (J.C. MacKenzie) and Deloris Allen (Tamara Taylor) hide their identities as members of a covert syndicate while... [More]

13 Reasons Why (2017)
35%

#80
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling book by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why follows teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover... [More]

Beyond (2017)
42%

#79
Synopsis: A man wakes up after 12 years in a coma and discovers he's gained supernatural abilities that force him to... [More]

Jane By Design (0)
43%

#78
Synopsis: A teenager leads a double life as a high-school student and an assistant to a fashion executive.... [More]

Skins (US) (2011)
46%

#77
Synopsis: Drama following a group of teens as they stumble through adolescence. Adapted from the popular British series.... [More]

The Secret Circle (2011)
47%

#76
Synopsis: THE SECRET CIRCLE, a drama full of mystery, chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that... [More]

Trinkets (2019)
56%

#75
Synopsis: When three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifter's Anonymous... [More]

Light as a Feather (2018)
50%

#74
Synopsis: An innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" goes wrong when the five teen girls who... [More]

Roswell, New Mexico (2019)
55%

#73
Synopsis: Aliens live among humans in this reboot of the original CW drama.... [More]

Kyle XY (2006)
56%

#72
Synopsis: A mysterious teen without human instincts, a past or even a navel befuddles a psychologist, who takes on his case... [More]

Star-Crossed (2014)
57%

#71
Synopsis: This sci-fi drama follows a group of teenage aliens from the planet Atria as they are integrated into a suburban... [More]

The Politician (2019)
49%

#70
Synopsis: Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political... [More]

Red Band Society (2014)
59%

#69
Synopsis: A dramedy set in a Los Angeles hospital's pediatric ward, where teen patients deal with life-threatening illnesses and bond over... [More]

Popular (1999)
60%

#68
Synopsis: Two high-school girls who couldn't be more socially opposite must deal with each other when their single parents become engaged.... [More]

Scream (2015)
61%

#67
Synopsis: The murder of an entitled teen reverberates through a town's social hierarchy; and impacts arty loner Audrey, her nerdy pal... [More]

Spinning Out (2020)
59%

#66
Synopsis: A figure skating Olympic hopeful struggles to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes... [More]

Dead of Summer (2016)
63%

#65
Synopsis: In the 1980s, an idyllic Midwestern summer camp is terrorized by a dark and supernatural force.... [More]

Locke & Key (2019)
66%

#64
Synopsis: Based on the comic book, this drama follows three siblings who return to their family home, only to realize that... [More]

Guilt (2016)
67%

#63
Synopsis: An American woman in London becomes the prime suspect in her roommate's brutal murder.... [More]

Outer Banks (2020)
71%

#62
Synopsis: Outer Banks is a coming of age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the "Pogues") in the... [More]

The O.C. (2003)
67%

#61
Synopsis: An idealistic lawyer living in the affluent Orange County takes in a troubled L.A. teen.... [More]

Life Unexpected (2010)
71%

#60
Synopsis: A teenage girl in the foster-care system reconnects with the birth parents she never knew.... [More]

Everything Sucks! (2018)
71%

#59
Synopsis: The 90s high school experience: Desperate, heartfelt, awkward, exciting, and free of smartphones. Set in the real life town of... [More]

Glee (2009)
70%

#58
Synopsis: Musical comedy-drama about the misfits who make up a high-school singing club and teacher Will Schuester, the one-time glee-club star... [More]

Twisted (2013)
73%

#57
Synopsis: A teenager returns to his hometown after serving time in a juvenile-detention centre.... [More]

Synopsis: A group of high-school students stage a performance of ''High School Musical'' for their fall theater production, only to realize... [More]

Ravenswood (2013)
75%

#55
Synopsis: Five strangers linked by a town's deadly curse must research the town's mysterious history in order to save themselves.... [More]

Shadowhunters (2016)
76%

#54
Synopsis: On her 18th birthday, a woman discovers that she's an angel-human hybrid who hunts demons. Based on the book series... [More]

#53
Synopsis: An unlikely trio sets out to save their homeland, Four Lands, when it's threatened by a grave danger. Adapted from... [More]

Smallville (2001)
78%

#52
Synopsis: This modern retelling of the Superman mythology as an action series blends realism, adventure and emotion.... [More]

The Gifted (2017)
79%

#51
Synopsis: A suburban couple's lives are rocked by the discovery that their children possess mutant powers, forcing the family to go... [More]

Baby (2018)

#50
Synopsis: Baby is a coming-of-age story that explores the unseen lives of Roman high schoolers. Loosely inspired by a true story,... [More]
Directed By: Andrea De Sica

Make It or Break It (2009)
80%

#49
Synopsis: A drama focusing on the lives of teen gymnasts who strive to make it to the Olympics.... [More]

Pretty Little Liars (2010)
81%

#48
Synopsis: Four estranged best friends are reunited one year after the queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing. When they... [More]

Teen Wolf (2011)
81%

#47
Synopsis: The adventures of a teen who becomes a werewolf are chronicled in this remake of Michael J. Fox's 1985 cult... [More]

The Get Down (2015)
81%

#46
Synopsis: A music-driven drama set in 1970s-era New York about a group of kids in the South Bronx who find themselves... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
90%

#45
Synopsis: Following a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma... [More]
Directed By: Sam Levinson, Pippa Bianco

#44
Synopsis: A cheerleader is chosen to battle the forces of evil as she weathers the storms of young adulthood in an... [More]

The Lying Game (2011)
83%

#43
Synopsis: Emma is a kind-hearted foster kid who can't catch a break. She learns she has an identical twin sister, Sutton,... [More]

The Carrie Diaries (2013)
83%

#42
Synopsis: Based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, The Carrie Diaries is the origin story of how Carrie Bradshaw known and... [More]

Gossip Girl (2007)
84%

#41
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling series of young-adult novels by Cecily von Ziegesar and executive produced by Josh Schwartz ("Chuck," "The... [More]

#40
Synopsis: The antics at a summer camp in Maine are spotlighted in this small screen version of the 2001 film of... [More]

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