TV Shows for Fans of "Riverdale"

Riverdale has it all: drama, intrigue, teen angst, and a murder mystery, with characters based on the classic Archie comics. But there's not a lot of similarity between the lighthearted comics and the CW's dark, edgy show that has teens obsessed. Whether they're watching on TV or streaming on Netflix, they can't get enough of the gritty mystery, the dark humor, and, of course, the love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica. That's why we've come up with this list of supernatural mysteries and teen dramas for teens who just can't wait until the next episode. Parents should also keep in mind that, like Riverdale, many of these shows deal with violence and sex, so consider watching with your teen and talking about media messages. And for more to watch, try our list of Drama TV for Teens.

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Doctor Who

age 10+

Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans.

Network: BBC America, Syfy (1963)
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A Series of Unfortunate Events

age 10+

Exceptional, spooky book adaptation is best for tweens.

Network: Netflix (2017)
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Raising Dion

age 11+

Supervillain violence, bullying in excellent family drama.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Best Worst Weekend Ever

age 12+

High school caper OK for tweens, deeper than it seems.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Marvel's Agent Carter

age 12+

Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.

Network: ABC (2015)
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Arrow

age 13+

Drinking, deaths in dark superhero tale beloved by teens.

Network: CW (2012)
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

age 13+

Teen vampire series has female role model; sex, violence.

Network: FX (1997)
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Degrassi: Next Class

age 13+

An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Stranger Things

age 14+

Dark 1980s-set sci-fi/horror drama is gory but great.

Network: Netflix (2016)
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Freaks and Geeks

age 14+

Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.

Network: Syndicated (1999)
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Friday Night Lights

age 14+

Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.

Network: Freeform, NBC (2006)
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Gracepoint

age 14+

Compelling crime drama centers on a tween's murder.

Network: Fox (2014)
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iZombie

age 14+

Quirky zombie-detective show has violence, heart (and guts).

Network: CW (2015)
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Lost

age 14+

Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.

Network: ABC (2004)
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Sherlock

age 14+

Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.

Network: PBS (2010)
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The Society

age 14+

Language, violence, substance abuse in dark teen mystery.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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Twin Peaks

age 14+

Surreal cult hit might be too disturbing for teens.

Network: ABC (1990)
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Everything Sucks!

age 15+

Sweet, sensitive, authentic '90s-set teen drama is a winner.

Network: Netflix (2018)
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Gossip Girl

age 15+

Over-the-top teen soap mixes backstabbing with drugs, sex.

Network: CW (2007)
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The Order

age 15+

Entertaining supernatural teen drama has violence, language.

Network: Netflix (2019)
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