It’s easy to disregard shows made for teenagers because they can be seen as frivolous to adults. And to be fair, a lot of them are simply not good, or are overdone versions of the same format.
The best teen dramas capture at least one aspect of the high school experience enough to keep both adults and teenagers riveted. That’s not to say that all teen dramas have to be realistic to be good. Sometimes, realism is the last thing you want out of a teen drama. Who wants realistic teenagers suffering through acne and humiliating situations when you can have actors that look like they’re in their mid-30s playing teenagers that constantly break up and get back together?
No one wants to go back to real high school, but everyone wants to live in a teen drama version of it. Here are the best teen TV shows of all time.