The cast of Marvel's Runaways; Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther in The End of the F***ing World and the cast of Riverdale (Hulu; Netflix; The CW)

40 Teen Drama TV and Streaming Series by Tomatometer

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 The End of the F***ing World, which is now streaming on Netflix and is Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer; Marvel’s Runaways, which is Certified Fresh at 81% and comes from streamer Hulu; and The CW’s Riverdale, which returns Wednesday from its midseason break with a season 2 score of 87% on 13 reviews (so far).

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.

Note: A number of older, but popular teen dramas currently do not have enough Tomatometer-eligible reviews online to receive a score, including Gossip Girl, The O.C., Beverly Hills 90210, and others. 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).

My So-Called Life (1994)

Synopsis: A thoughtful drama about an angst-ridden teen (she calls school `a battlefield for your heart') and her suburban family. Critical... [More]

Freaks and Geeks (1999)

Synopsis: Fringe students cope with life at a Michigan high school in 1980 in this critical favorite. Stories focused on sophomore... [More]

Bunheads (2012)

Synopsis: A Las Vegas showgirl moves to her husband's small town and mentors ballet students at her mother-in-law's dance school.... [More]
Directed By: David Paymer, Jamie Babbit

American Vandal (2017)

Synopsis: American Vandal is a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven... [More]

Synopsis: A darkly comic road trip tale about two confused teen outsiders.... [More]

The Fosters (2013)

Synopsis: A lesbian couple head up a multiethnic family comprised of a biological son and a few adopted kids.... [More]

Friday Night Lights (2006)

Synopsis: Creator Peter Berg's drama centering on the players and coach of a high-school football team in Dillon, Texas, a small... [More]

Veronica Mars (2004)

Synopsis: Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) stars as the title character in this film noirish series. High school student by day... [More]

Synopsis: A teenager acquires special powers on her 16th birthday and learns she's a descendant of an ancient race of protectors... [More]

Synopsis: Two sisters who are opposites try to navigate high school and deal with their overprotective dad. Based on the film... [More]

Huge (2010)

Synopsis: Teenagers at a weight-loss camp deal with self-esteem issues, rivalries and relationships.... [More]

Smallville (2001)

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

The 100 (2014)

Synopsis: Juvenile prisoners from a space-station society are exiled to Earth decades after the planet was destroyed by nuclear war.... [More]

Finding Carter (2014)

Synopsis: A teen is reunited with her family after discovering that the woman she thought was her mother had actually abducted... [More]

Riverdale (2017)

Synopsis: Drama based on characters from the Archie comic-books series is set in Riverdale, where aspiring musician Archie deals with life,... [More]

The Vampire Diaries (2009)

Synopsis: It's Elena's first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her... [More]

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

Marvel's Runaways (2017)

Synopsis: Six teenagers with nothing in common join forces after discovering their parents are evil-doers.... [More]

13 Reasons Why (2017)

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

Teen Wolf (2011)

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

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