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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 Freeform’s Cruel Summer, which is Fresh at 90% on the Tomatometer; Shadow and Bone, which is Fresh at 87% and comes from streamer Netflix; 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 several series listed with a 100% Tomatometer score, for example, but Recovery Road has only six reviews for its first, and only, season and is therefore ranked at the bottom of that section.

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: Wiley Day (played by Disney darling Jennette McCurdy, star of "iCarly" and "Sam & Cat") has plans. The pregnant teen,... [More]

October Faction (2020)
29%

#81
Synopsis: Monster hunters Fred and Deloris Allen tangle with evil -- and family drama with their teenage twins; based on the... [More]
Directed By: Damian Kindler

13 Reasons Why (2017)
35%

#80
Synopsis: Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her... [More]

Beyond (2017)
42%

#79
Synopsis: When Holden wakes up from a coma that lasted 12 years, the young man discovers that he has new abilities,... [More]

Jane by Design (2012)
43%

#78
Synopsis: Jane Quimby is a high-school fashionista who works as an assistant to high-powered fashion executive Gray Chandler Murray. Jane's problem... [More]

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#77

The Secret Circle (2011)
47%

#76
Synopsis: After her mother dies in a fire, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) goes to live with her grandmother in Chance Harbor,... [More]

Trinkets (2019)
60%

#75
Synopsis: A grieving teenager finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school when they all land in... [More]

Light as a Feather (2018)
50%

#74
Synopsis: Four best friends invite the shy new girl out on Halloween, but they quickly regret their decision when she suggests... [More]
Directed By: R. Lee Fleming Jr.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019)
77%

#73
Synopsis: After a decade away from home, Liz Ortecho returns to her native Roswell to care for her ailing father. When... [More]

Kyle XY (2006)
56%

#72
Synopsis: A teenage boy is found wandering, naked and dazed, in traffic. At a nearby youth detention center, authorities discover that... [More]

Star-Crossed (2014)
57%

#71
Synopsis: When an alien spacecraft lands in 6-year-old Emery's town resulting in an immediate battle, she befriends one of the young... [More]

The Politician (2019)
48%

#70
Synopsis: Wealthy high school student Payton Hobart has known since he was 7 years old that he is going to be... [More]

Red Band Society (2014)
59%

#69
Synopsis: A group of teens in the pediatric ward of Los Angeles' Ocean Park Hospital find comfort in one another. Mexican-born... [More]

Popular (1999)
60%

#68
Synopsis: It's a culture clash of epic proportions when cheerleader Brooke and unpopular journalist Sam, girls on the opposite ends of... [More]

Scream (2015)
61%

#67
Synopsis: MTV teams with super-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein on a TV series adaptation of the hit horror film franchise. Instigated... [More]

Spinning Out (2020)
59%

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

Dead of Summer (2016)
63%

#65
Synopsis: Summertime in the Midwest means another season at summer camp for teens, which usually promises the campers and counselors such... [More]

Locke & Key (2020)
74%

#64
Synopsis: Following their father's murder, three siblings move into a house filled with reality-bending keys; from the comics by Joe Hill... [More]

Guilt (2016)
67%

#63
Synopsis: When American student Molly is murdered while studying in London, her roommate, Grace, becomes the prime suspect in the crime.... [More]

Outer Banks (2020)
78%

#62
Synopsis: A teenager enlists his three best friends to hunt for a legendary treasure linked to his father's disappearance.... [More]

The O.C. (2003)
67%

#61
Synopsis: This modern soap opera mines the intertwined lives of the Cohen, Cooper and Nichol families for drama, with a contemporary... [More]

Life Unexpected (2010)
71%

#60
Synopsis: After 15 years of being with different families in Oregon's foster-care system, Lux decides to try her luck as an... [More]
Directed By: Liz Tigelaar, Gary Fleder

Everything Sucks! (2018)
72%

#59
Synopsis: It's the 1990s in Boring, Ore., and groups of outcasts in Boring High School's AV and drama clubs are trying... [More]

Glee (2009)
70%

#58
Synopsis: Optimistic teacher Will Schuester heads up McKinley High School's glee club -- New Directions -- a place where ambitious and... [More]

Twisted (2013)
73%

#57
Synopsis: When charismatic Danny Desai returns to his hometown after spending five years in juvenile detention, he sees that things are... [More]

Synopsis: Set at East High School, "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" introduces members of the drama club and their... [More]

Ravenswood (2013)
75%

#55
Synopsis: When Caleb Rivers heads to Ravenswood, a town near his hometown, to help some friends who went there to crash... [More]

Shadowhunters (2016)
76%

#54
Synopsis: On her birthday, Clary Fray discovers a surprise concerning her life. The teenager is not who she thinks she is... [More]

#53
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks, "The Shannara Chronicles" follows heroes in the Four Lands as... [More]

Smallville (2001)
78%

#52
Synopsis: An interpretation of the Superman story features young Clark Kent coming to grips with his emerging superpowers. In the 10th... [More]

The Gifted (2017)
79%

#51
Synopsis: Produced in association with Marvel Television, and set in the "X-Men" universe, family adventure series "The Gifted" is about an... [More]

Baby (2018)

#50
Synopsis: By day, Chiara is a promising student at one of Rome's most elite private high schools; by night, she leads... [More]

Make It or Break It (2009)
80%

#49
Synopsis: Emily Kmetko's dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast inch closer to reality when she receives a scholarship to The Rock... [More]

Pretty Little Liars (2010)
81%

#48
Synopsis: As time has passed since Alison, then the queen bee of the bunch, went missing. Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily... [More]

Teen Wolf (2011)
81%

#47
Synopsis: The high-school anonymity Scott McCall was trying to break free from couldn't have happened in a more mysterious, complicated way.... [More]

The Get Down (2016)
81%

#46
Synopsis: The multi-talented Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators -- Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, legendary MC Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer-winning playwright... [More]

Euphoria (2019)
86%

#45
Synopsis: An American adaptation of the Israeli show of the same name, "Euphoria" follows the troubled life of 17-year-old Rue, a... [More]

#44
Synopsis: Sarah Michelle Gellar takes on the role of Buffy Summers in this TV version of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," based... [More]

The Lying Game (2011)
83%

#43
Synopsis: Emma Becker and Sutton Mercer are, unbeknownst to them, identical twins. Separated at birth and unaware of each other's existence,... [More]

The Carrie Diaries (2013)
83%

#42
Synopsis: It's 1984 and a pre-Manolos-and-Mr.-Big Carrie Bradshaw ("Sex and the City") is just a Connecticut teenager with a rebellious kid... [More]

Gossip Girl (2007)
84%

#41
Synopsis: High school is over for the privileged former students at an exclusive prep school on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but... [More]

Synopsis: Counselors and campers check in for what's billed as "the summer of your life" at Maine's Camp Firewood in 1981.... [More]

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Check the list to see if your favorite television shows have gotten a new season or have gotten the boot.

Last update (11/30): Mindhunter (Netflix) – RenewedSMILF (Showtime) – Renewed


# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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@midnight (Comedy Central) – Canceled
$100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – Renewed
12 Monkeys
(SyFy) – Canceled (after fourth season)
13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – Renewed
2 Broke Girls (FOX) – Canceled
24: Legacy 
(FOX) – Canceled
60 Days In (A&E) – Renewed
The 100 (CW) – Renewed

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A

APB (FOX) – Canceled
Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) – Canceled
Amazing Race (CBS) – Renewed
America’s Got Talent (NBC) – Renewed
America’s Next Top Model (CW) – Renewed
American Crime (ABC) – Canceled
American Crime Story (FX) – Renewed
American Dad! (TBS) – Renewed
American Gods (Starz) – Renewed
American Horror Story (FX) – Renewed
American Housewife (ABC) – Renewed
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) – Renewed
American Vandal (Netflix) – Renewed
The Americans (FX) – Renewed
Angie Tribeca (TBS) – Renewed
Animals (HBO) – Renewed
Animal Kingdom (TNT) – Renewed
Anne With an E (Netflix) – Renewed
Any Given Wednesday (HBO) – Canceled
Aquarius (NBC) – Canceled
Arrow (CW) – Renewed
Archer (FX) – Renewed
The Arrangement (E!) – Renewed
Arrested Development (Netflix) – Renewed
Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Starz) – Renewed
Atlanta (FX) – Renewed
Atypical (Netflix) – Renewed
Awkward (MTV) – Canceled
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B

Baby Daddy (Freeform) – Canceled
The Bachelor (ABC) – Renewed
Ballers (HBO) – Renewed
Banshee (Cinemax) – Canceled
Baskets (FX) – Renewed
Bates Motel (A&E) – Canceled (after fifth season)
Being Mary Jane (BET) – Canceled
Believer (CNN) – Canceled
Berlin Station (Epix) – Renewed
Better Call Saul (AMC) – Renewed
Better Things (FX) – Renewed
Beyond (Freeform) – Renewed
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – Renewed
Big Brother (CBS) – Renewed
Big Mouth (Netflix) – Renewed
Billions (Showtime) – Renewed
Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix) – Renewed
Black Mirror (Netflix) – Renewed
Black Sails (Starz) – Canceled (after new fourth season)
blackish (ABC) – Renewed
The Blacklist (NBC) – Renewed
The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) – Canceled
Blindspot (NBC) – Renewed
Blood Drive (Syfy) – Canceled 
Bloodline (Netflix) – Canceled (after third season)
Blue Bloods (CBS) – Renewed
Blunt Talk (Starz) – Canceled
Bojack Horseman (Netflix) – Renewed
The Bold Type (Freeform) – Renewed
Bordertown (FOX) – Canceled
Bosch (Amazon) – Renewed
Brockmire (IFC) – Renewed
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 
(FOX) – Renewed
Bull (CBS) – Renewed
BrainDead (CBS) – Canceled
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C

CSI: Cyber (CBS) – Canceled
The Carmichael Show (NBC) – Canceled
Castle (ABC) – Canceled
The Catch (ABC) – Canceled
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC) – Renewed
Chance (Hulu) – Renewed
Chelsea (Netflix) – Canceled
Chicago Justice (NBC) – Canceled
Chrisley Knows Best (USA)- Renewed
Class (BBC America) – Canceled
Code Black
 (CBS) – Renewed
Colony (USA) – Renewed
Comedy Bang! Bang! (IFC) – Canceled
Containment (CW) – Canceled
Conviction (ABC) – Canceled
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW) – Renewed
Criminal Minds – (CBS) – Renewed
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS) – Canceled
Crowded (NBC) – Canceled
The Crown (Netflix) – Renewed
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D

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW) – Renewed
Damien (A&E) – Canceled
Dark Matter (SyFy) – Canceled
Daytime Divas (VH1) – Canceled
Dead of Summer (Freeform) – Canceled
Deadbeat (Hulu) – Canceled
Dear White People (Netflix) – Renewed
Designated Survivor (ABC) – Renewed
The Detour (TBS) – Renewed
The Deuce (HBO) – Renewed
Devious Maids (Lifetime) – Canceled
Difficult People (Hulu) – Canceled
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America) – Renewed
Divorce (HBO) – Renewed
Doubt (CBS) – Canceled
Downward Dog (ABC)  – Canceled
Dr. Ken (ABC) – Canceled
Duck Dynasty (A&E) – Canceled
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E

Elementary (CBS) – Renewed
Emerald City (NBC) – Canceled
Empire (FOX) – Renewed
The Exorcist (FOX) – Renewed

The Expanse (SyFy) – Renewed
Eyewitness (USA) – Canceled
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F

F is for Family (Netflix) – Renewed
Falling Water
 
(USA) – Renewed
Famous in Love (Freeform) – Renewed
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – Renewed
Feed the Beast (AMC) – Canceled
Feud (FX) – Renewed
Flaked (Netflix) – Renewed
The Flash (CW) – Renewed
Fleabag (Amazon) – Renewed
The Fosters (CW) – Renewed
Frequency (CW) – Canceled
Friends from College (Netflix) – Renewed
Fresh off the Boat (ABC) – Renewed

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS) – Renewed
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G

Game of Thrones (HBO) – Renewed
The Get Down (Netflix) – Canceled
Get Shorty (Epix) – Renewed
Girlboss (Netflix) – Canceled
The Girlfriend Experience (Starz) – Renewed
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo) – Renewed
Glow (Netflix) – Renewed
The Goldbergs (ABC) – Renewed
Goliath (Amazon) – Renewed
Gotham (FOX) – Renewed
Good Girls Revolt (Amazon) – Canceled
Good Behavior (TNT) – Renewed
The Good Fight (CBS All Access) – Renewed
The Good Place (NBC) – Renewed
Grace and Frankie (Netflix) – Renewed
Graves (Epix) – Renewed
The Great Indoors (CBS) – Canceled
Great News (NBC) – Renewed
Greenleaf (OWN) – Renewed
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Renewed
Grimm (NBC) – Canceled
The Guest Book (TBS) – Renewed
Guilt (Freeform) – Canceled
Gypsy (Netflix) – Canceled
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H

Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)) – Canceled 
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) – Renewed
Hap and Leonard (Sundance) – Renewed
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) – Renewed
Heartbeat (NBC) – Canceled
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) – Renewed
Homeland (Showtime) – Renewed
Houdini & Doyle (FOX) – Canceled
House of Cards (Netflix)- Canceled (after upcoming sixth season)
House of Lies (Showtime) – Canceled
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – Renewed
Humans (AMC) – Renewed
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I

I Am Cait (E!) – Canceled
I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime) – Renewed
I’m Sorry (TruTV) – Renewed
Imaginary Mary (ABC) – Canceled
Impastor (TV Land) – Canceled
Incorporated (SyFy) – Canceled
Insecure (HBO) – Renewed
Into the Badlands (AMC) – Renewed
iZombie (CW) – Renewed
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J

Jane the Virgin (CW) – Renewed
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K

Kevin Can Wait (CBS) – Renewed
Killjoys (SyFy) – Renewed
Kingdom (DirecTV) – Canceled (after new third season)
The Knick (Cinemax) – Canceled
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L

Lady Dynamite (Netflix) – Renewed
Last Chance U (Netflix) – Renewed
Last Man on Earth (FOX) – Renewed
Last Man Standing (ABC) – Canceled
The Last Ship (TNT) – Renewed
The Last Tycoon (Amazon) – Canceled
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E) – Renewed
Legion (FX) – Renewed
Lethal Weapon (FOX) – Renewed
The Leftovers (HBO) – Canceled (after third season)
The Librarians (TNT) – Renewed
Life in Pieces (CBS) – Renewed
Loosely Exactly Nicole (MTV) – Renewed (moving to Facebook)
Love (Netflix) – Renewed
Love Connection (Fox) – Renewed
Lucifer (FOX) – Renewed
Luther (BBC America) – Renewed
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M

MacGyver (CBS) – Renewed
Madam Secretary (CBS) – Renewed
The Magicians (SyFy) – Renewed
Man With a Plan (CBS) – Renewed
Major Crimes (TNT) –Canceled (after final 6th season)
Making History (FOX) – Canceled
Making a Murderer (Netflix) – Renewed
Man in the High Castle (Amazon) – Renewed
Man Seeking Woman (FXX) – Canceled
Marco Polo (Netflix) – Canceled
Marlon (NBC) – Renewed
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) – Renewed
Marvel’s Daredevil (Netflix) – Renewed
Mary Kills People (Lifetime) – Renewed
Masters of Sex (Showtime) – Canceled
Match Game (ABC) – Renewed
Mercy Street (PBS) – Canceled
The Mick (Fox) – Renewed
The Middle (ABC) – Canceled (after final 9th season)
Mighty Magiswords (Cartoon Network) – Renewed
Mindhunter (Netflix) – Renewed
The Mindy Project (Hulu) – Canceled (after final 6th season)
The Mist (Spike) – Canceled 
Mistresses (ABC) – Renewed
Modern Family (ABC) – Renewed
Mom (CBS) – Renewed
Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon) – Renewed
Murder in the First (TNT) – Canceled
Mr. Robot (USA) – Renewed
Mr. Mercedes (Audience) – Renewed

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N

NCIS (CBS) – Renewed 
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – Renewed 
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) – Renewed 
Narcos (Netflix) – Renewed 
Nashville (CMT) – Canceled (after final sixth season)
New Girl (FOX) – Canceled (after final seventh season)
The Night Shift (NBC) – Canceled
Nightcap (POP) – Renewed
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central) – Canceled
No Tomorrow (CW) – Canceled
Nobodies (TV Land) – Renewed
No
torious (ABC)Canceled
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O

The OA (Netflix) – Renewed
The Odd Couple (CBS) – Canceled
Odd Mom Out (Bravo) – Canceled
Once Upon a Time (ABC) – Renewed
One Day at a Time (Netflix) – Renewed
One Mississippi (Amazon) – Renewed
The Originals (CW) – Canceled (after final fifth season)
Orphan Black (BBC America) – Canceled (after final fifth season)
The Orville (Fox) – Renewed
Outcast (Cinemax) – Renewed
Outlander (Starz) – Renewed
Outsiders (WGN) – Canceled
Ozark (Netflix) – Renewed
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P

The Path (Hulu) – Renewed
People of Earth (TBS) – Renewed
Penny Dreadful (Showtime) – Canceled
Pitch (FOX) – Canceled
Playing House (USA) – Canceled
Please Like Me (Hulu) – Canceled
Power (Starz) – Renewed
Powerless (NBC) – Canceled
Powers (Playstation) – Canceled
Preacher (AMC) – Renewed
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) – Canceled

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Q

Quarry (Cinemax) – Canceled
Queen of the South (USA) – Renewed
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R

The Ranch (Netflix) – Renewed
Ransom (CBS) – Canceled
Raven’s Home (Disney Channel) – Renewed
Ray Donovan (Showtime) – Renewed
The Real O’Neals (ABC) – Canceled
Real Rob (Netflix) – Renewed
Rectify (Sundance) – Renewed
Red Oaks (Amazon) – Canceled (after final season)
Reign (CW) – Canceled (after fourth season)
Riverdale (CW) – Renewed
Roadies (Showtime) – Canceled
Room 104 (HBO) – Renewed
Rosewood (FOX) – Canceled
The Royals (E!) – Renewed
Rupaul’s Drag Race (VH1) – Renewed
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S

Salem (WGN) – Canceled
Salvation (CBS) – Renewed
Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) – Renewed
Scandal (ABC) – Canceled (after final seventh season)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop) – Renewed
Scorpion (CBS) – Renewed
Scream (MTV) – Renewed
Scream Queens 
(FOX) – Canceled
Search Party (TBS) – Renewed
Se
crets and Lies (ABC)Canceled
Sense8 
(Netflix) – Canceled (after wrap-up TV movie)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) – Renewed
Shades of Blue (NBC) – Renewed
Shadowhunters (Freeform) – Renewed
Shameless (Showtime) – Renewed
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV) – Renewed (moving to Spike)
Sherlock (PBS) – Renewed
Shooter (USA) – Renewed
Silicon Valley (HBO) – Renewed
The Simpsons (FOX) – Renewed
Six (History) – Renewed
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – Canceled
SMILF (Showtime) – Renewed
Sneaky Pete (Amazon) – Renewed
Snowfall (FX) – Renewed
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) – Renewed
The Son 
(AMC) – Renewed
Son of Zorn (FOX) – Canceled
Speechless (FOX) – Renewed
Star (FOX) – Renewed
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) – Renewed
Star Wars: Rebels (DXD) – Canceled (after final fourth season)
StartUp (Crackle) – Renewed
Stitchers (Freeform) – Canceled
The Strain (FX) – Renewed
Stranger Things (Netflix) – Renewed
Suits (USA) – Renewed
Supergirl (CW) – Renewed
Superior Donuts (CBS) – Renewed
Supernatural (CW) – Renewed
Superstore (NBC) – Renewed
Survivor (CBS) – Renewed
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz) – Canceled
Switched at Birth (Freeform) – Canceled (after final fifth season)
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T

Taboo (FX) – Renewed
Taken (NBC) – Renewed
Tangled (Disney) – Renewed
Teen Wolf (MTV) – Canceled 
Timeless (NBC) – Renewed
This is Us (NBC) – Renewed
Top Chef (Bravo) – Renewed
Training Day (CBS) – Canceled
Transparent (Amazon) – Renewed
Travelers (Netflix) – Renewed
Trollhunters (Netflix) – Renewed
Turn (AMC) – Canceled
Tyrant (FX) – Canceled
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U

Uncle Buck (ABC) – Canceled
Undercover Boss (CBS) – Renewed
Underground (WGN) – Canceled
UnREAL (Lifetime) – Renewed
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V

The Vampire Diaries (CW) – Canceled
Veep (HBO) – Canceled (after final seventh season)
Vikings (History) – Renewed
Vinyl (HBO) – Canceled
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W

The Walking Dead (AMC) – Renewed
Will (TNT) – Canceled
Will & Grace
 
(NBC) – Renewed
Workaholics (Comedy Central)  – Canceled
World of Dance (NBC) – Renewed
Westworld (HBO) – Renewed
Wrecked (TBS) – Renewed
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X

The X Files (FOX) – Renewed
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Y

Younger (TV Land) – Renewed
You’re the Worst (FXX) – Canceled (after final fifth season)
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Z

Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon) – Canceled
Z Nation (SyFy) – Renewed
Zoo (CBS) – Canceled 
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This week at the movies, we’ve got adventurous animals (The Secret Life of Pets, featuring voice performances by Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart) and uninhibited nuptial attendees (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, starring Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick). What do the critics have to say?


The Secret Life of Pets (2016) 72%

When you take your kids to the movies this weekend, do you want them to have their minds blown, or are you just looking for an hour and a half or so of agreeably diverting entertainment? Your answer to that question may have a major impact on how much you enjoy The Secret Life of Pets. Starring Louis C.K. as a happily domesticated terrier and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet as the oafish rescue dog who threatens to disturb his idyllic existence, this Illumination production uses its sturdy talking-animals premise as a springboard into some amusing ideas about what sorts of mischief our pets might get up to while they’re home alone. Critics say that although many of the story’s intriguing possibilities are left by the wayside in favor of a fairly standard caper, Pets is rarely short of entertaining — and substantially enlivened by an all-star voice cast that also includes Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Albert Brooks, and Dana Carvey.


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016) 38%

A wedding, a pair of siblings, and a couple of scammers out for a good time. Sound familiar? Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates obviously has a few things in common with Wedding Crashers, but it’s actually loosely based on a real-life story about a couple of goober man-children (Zac Efron and Adam Devine) whose history of drunken revelry threatens to get them uninvited from their sister’s nuptials — unless they agree to bring dates to (theoretically) keep them in line. As luck would have it, the seemingly staid ladies they end up bringing (Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick) are secretly just as wild as the fellas; unfortunately, despite the talented cast and its equal-opportunity distaff twist, critics say the results are underwhelming. Although Mike and Dave isn’t without laughs, reviews point to a frustratingly uneven affair that proposes gut-busting raunch but never quite commits.


What’s New on TV

The Night Of: Miniseries (2016) 94%

The Night Of is a richly crafted, exquisitely performed mystery that will keep viewers enthralled and leave them devastated.


Dead of Summer: Season 1 (2016) 63%

Dead of Summer sets a spooky stage for a silly period creepfest, but its lack of actual scares adds up to an altogether underwhelming experience.


Also Opening This Week In Limited Release

  • Little Sister (2015) , a drama about estranged siblings connecting in the wake of their father’s death, is Certified Fresh at 92 percent.
  • Under the Sun (2015) , a guerilla-style documentary about a North Korean family preparing for Kim Jong-Il’s birthday, is at 90 percent.
  • Zero Days (2016)Alex Gibney‘s documentary about the U.S. and Israel unwisely opening a can of malware worms in its cyberwarfare efforts against Iran, is at 88 percent.
  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You (2016) , a portrait of the 1970s sitcom titan and his lasting social impact beyond the small screen, is at 87 percent.
  • Sultan (2016) , starring Salman Khan in an underdog sports drama about a wrestler with dreams of Olympic glory, is at 80 percent.
  • Captain Fantastic (2016) , starring Viggo Mortensen as a single father of six navigating civilization after raising his family deep in the woods, is at 76 percent.
  • Men Go to Battle (2015) , an intimate period piece of the Civil War’s impact on two rural brothers, is at 73 percent.
  • The Debt (2015) , starring Stephen Dorff and David Strathairn in a drama about three sides of a land deal in Peru, is at 60 percent.
  • Fathers and Daughters (2015) , a sprawling family melodrama starring Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, is at 24 percent.
  • Cell (2016) , starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in an adaptation of the Stephen King book about people turning into crazed killers via phone signal, is at zero percent.

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