The Best Teen Shows To Watch On Netflix

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Nothing could convince me to take a time machine back to high school. As for watching TV youths deal with teen drama? I'll forever say "More, please."
High school shenanigans on TV rarely represent actual teenagehood. Often, teen shows are sexier, shinier, and far more melodramatic than what the average real-life 16-year-old experiences.
While the drama may have us continuing to binge, what keeps us truly emotionally invested is that high school-centric shows are about a time in a person's life where there certainly feels like there's a lot at stake. We're simply more vulnerable as teens — blame the hormones and lack of control.
This is why teen shows are so perfect to binge: They bring you back to a time when things were, well, intense... without actually having to revisit your days of braces, SAT prep, and angst.
Netflix has a slew of great options for when you want to spend hours in high school. Click through to read about the best teen shows you can watch on the streaming platform right now.
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Chambers (2019)

Chambers, unfortunately, was only given one season on Netflix, but it's full of so many supernatural twists and turns you'll wish there was another. In the series, teenager Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose) receives a heart transplant that comes with way more baggage than she ever expected. After Sasha accepts a scholarship to the high school her donor Becky (Lilliya Reid) attended — on the request of Becky's New Age-y parents — she finds that there may be more to Becky's death than Sasha was told, and that Becky may have harbored a whole lot of evil in her heart. Eep!
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Trinkets (2019)

In this Netflix series — which was created by Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith, one of the writers of 10 Things I Hate About You and based on her own novel — three very different teenagers find they have one thing in common: shoplifting. Can they survive high school and overcome their bad habit, even if it's the one thing that unites their friendship?
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The Society (2019)

When parents are away, the kids will...form their own community, struggle for power, and maybe poison one another with Thanksgiving pies? In this Netflix series, teens return from a field trip to find their wealthy Connecticut town completely devoid of any authority figures. Can they build a functioning town, or will the conflict between opposing would-be leaders be their ultimate downfall? It's not all parties in churches, you guys!
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Degrassi: Next Class (2016)

Years after Drake's Jimmy Brooks bid farewell to Degrassi Community School, this Canadian series (technically a spin-off of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but more of a continuation) still packs a punch. Incorporating real-world teen issues in every episode, Degrassi: Next Class presents everything from abortion to immigration issues to white privilege in digestible 25-minute episodes.
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On My Block (2018)

This acclaimed series from the creator of Awkward tells the coming-of-age story of several teens growing up in Los Angeles.
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Everything Sucks! (2018)

Nostalgic for the teen dramas of the '90s? Everything Sucks! is your antidote: a delightfully charming and surprisingly emotional take on surviving high school. Come for the '90s vibes, stay for the story of a young queer girl discovering her identity.
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Skins (2007-2013)

If your parents didn't let you watch this risqueé English drama when you were actually a teenager, you can binge this series about youths behaving badly in Bristol now. Also fun: discovering just how many British stars (like Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodelario, Joe Dempsie, and Dev Patel) launched their careers with this series.
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Riverdale (2016)

If you're not watching this sexy take on Archie Comics on The CW, you can binge until you learn the identity of the Black Hood on Netflix.
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Glee (2009-2015)

Once upon a time, Ryan Murphy's Glee was a television revelation which pushed boundaries for LGBTQ+ storylines on teen dramas. It may not seem quite as shiny and new these days (Murphy's still pushing for representation, now on shows like Pose) but Glee's delightful cast of characters and always pitch-perfect soundtrack makes it a fun rewatch.
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Elite (2018)

The wealthiest, sexiest teens in Spain lie, cheat, and murder each other. Okay, so the murder thing only happened one time, but when the victim is revealed in the pilot episode of this series, trust: You'll be hooked. (Lucky you, because season 2 is on its way!)
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Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

"Rich, unreasonably attractive private school students do horrible, scandalous things to each other. Repeatedly." So says Netflix's description of this steamy CW series, which, as someone who has watched every single episode, repeatedly... is accurate.
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13 Reasons Why (2016)

The controversial teen drama, about a teen girl who leaves behind 13 tapes explaining why she chose to end her life, examines challenging topics like sexual assault.
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Atypical (2017)

In this Netflix original, Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a teenage boy living with autism, navigates dating, therapy, and a mom not ready to let go.
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The End Of The F****** World (2017)

Can a self-described teenage psychopath find love with a foul-mouthed runaway? Maybe, but this odd couple finds loads of trouble first.
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The Innocents (2018)

They say that love is being seen for who you really are — which is particularly tricky for the couple at the center of this series. The reason? June (Sorcha Groundsell) is a shapeshifter. Yes, the supernatural premise is spooky, but it's June's unconditional love with Harry (Percelle Ascott) that will keep you checked in.
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Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017)

With spin-off The Perfectionists serving up its own drama, now is the perfect time to revisit this mystery series, which features endless twists over seven jaw-dropping seasons. Fair warning: You may create your own murder board by season 3 in order to figure out who A really is.
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The Fosters (2013-2018)

The Adams Foster family has plenty of drama, but also lots of love. Fans have a lot of love for it, too — a spin-off, titled Good Trouble and focused on the lives of Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) as they embark on their careers in Los Angeles hits Freeform in 2018.

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