Recently, I watched the brand new Netflix show Never Have I Ever. I enjoyed it so much that it got me thinking about all of the awesome teen shows Netflix has available in their library, and I’m talking just originals alone. Here’s a list of my personal favorites!
Of course, I can’t make a list like this without including the very best Netflix teen show, Stranger Things! It’s a classic, and a big reason why some of these other shows were made. Pretty much everyone has seen this show by now but I always recommend it anyway.
On My Block
On My Block is an awesome little show about a group of teenagers trying to survive in their south central LA neighborhood. As crazy as the characters and circumstances are on this show, it still has a certain level of innocence to it that I love. I always recommend this show to anyone who wants a lighthearted half-hour teen comedy.
Although it’s another teen drama/comedy, Sex Education is wildly different from the rest of the shows in this list because it’s so explicit. It centers on an inexperienced boy struggling with sex and dating in high school, yet ironically his mother is a sex therapist. If you can’t handle the sex scenes then this show may not be for you, but if you can look past that it’s a really good story, although first season is much better than the second.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
CAOS is the darkest teen drama ever. What’s darker than a girl trying to be a normal teenager while simultaneously being a witch and worshipping the devil? Saying it out loud sounds crazy but it really is a good show if you can get past the premise. You can really tell this show is made by the same people who created Riverdale though, because just like that show, it loses its way in the 2nd season, trying to outdo itself. But the first season is so good and I do recommend it!
The End of the F***ing World
TEOTFW is also pretty dark, because it centers on a boy at first claims he wants to kill someone. Somewhere along the way we fall in love with him and root for him to be with the very girl he claimed he wanted to kill in the first place. It sounds nuts, and it is, but if you like quirky shows with fantastic writing, you’ll love this.
Anne with an E
I don’t know if Anne with an E really counts as a teen show, but I think it should. It’s a coming of age drama based on the classic book Anne of Green Gables, about a vibrant and imaginative young orphan growing up in Prince Edward Island (Canada) with her adoptive parents in the late 1890’s.
We essentially get to watch Anne grow up, and deal with school, boys, friends, and coming to terms with her past. It’s only 3 seasons (complete) and it’s an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s such an amazing show. Highly recommended, and it can be watched with your whole family.
Locke & Key
Like Anne with an E, people probably wouldn’t consider Locke & Key to be a teen show but I’m including it here because it mostly stars teenagers.
It’s a fun story about siblings that move to an old family home with their mom after their dad is murdered. They soon discover that the house has magical keys hidden inside of it, each with unique powers and abilities, that they need to protect. But of course, since they’re teenagers, things don’t always go according to plan. The writing on this how is a bit shaky but it’s really fun to watch.
I Am Not Okay With This
IANOWT is basically if you took The End of the F***ing World and made it about a girl instead of a boy, and gave her telekinetic powers. It has the same visual style and the same style of writing, and both shows were based on books by the same author. I have no problem with that, since I really like both shows. I think TEOTFW has better writing, though.
Never Have I Ever
The newest addition to this list is Never Have I Ever, co-created and co-produced by Mindy Kaling. It’s about an Indian teenager who lost her father and suffered from temporary paralysis, now trying to shed her reputation at school and become popular, along with her nerdy friends.
I LOVE this show. I find it so refreshing because unlike many teen shows today, the characters are JUST focused on normal teenager things like popularity, grief, and dating, as opposed to monsters and murder. I really enjoyed the first season and I hope it gets renewed!