Drama TV for Teens

The best dramas pull you in with great stories, compelling characters, and complex moral questions. These picks for teens mix the best of drama with some sensitive issues -- read the reviews for more information and some suggestions for how to talk to your teens about the topics in these shows.

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Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
Network: ABC
(2015)
TV spin-off takes dark fantasy drama to another dimension.
Network: ABC
(2013)
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Tech-driven drama celebrates brains over brawn.
Network: CBS
(2014)
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Engaging but controversial show for teens.
Network: WB
(2003)
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Fresh time-warp drama has likable lead, worthwhile message.
Network: VH1
(2015)
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Likable teens tackle tough circumstances in moving dramedy.
Network: Fox
(2014)
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Family drama explores questions of ethics, espionage.
Network: NBC
(2015)
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Odd-couple cops deliver laughs and drama, with some blood.
Network: CBS
(2015)
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Likable drama blends good role models, small-town humor.
Network: Freeform
(2012)
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Twisty hostage drama involves kids in danger.
Network: NBC
(2014)
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Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
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Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.
Network: CBS
(2012)
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Violent teen drama series raises Internet safety issues.
Network: MTV
(2015)
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Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
Network: Freeform, NBC
(2006)
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A coming-of-age drama that's great for teen girls.
Network: Freeform, CW
(2005)
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Dark, violent drama tells compelling Batman backstory.
Network: Fox
(2014)
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Compelling crime drama centers on a tween's murder.
Network: Fox
(2014)
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Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
Network: ABC
(2005)
Strong female lead in smart, teen-friendly drama.
Network: CBS
(2014)
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Tense rendering of nuclear project is OK for brave teens.
Network: WGN
(2014)
Tantalizing mystery plays up glamour, sexiness of teen life.
Network: Freeform
(2010)
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Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
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Sophisticated dramedy features some mature themes.
Network: FX, Syndicated
(2013)
Flawed-but-forceful female lead is a tough act to follow.
Network: ITV, PBS
(2013)
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Compelling Pretty Little Liars spin-off is darker.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
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Dark, mature drama explores race, violence, drugs, family.
Network: ABC
(2015)
Breaking Bad spin-off is a darkly comic tale of ambition.
Network: AMC
(2015)
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Complex lead, dark cases make for a compelling cop drama.
Network: Amazon
(2014)
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Dark family drama is gripping, addictive -- and grim.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
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Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
Network: Fox
(2014)
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Dark drama brings violence to generations in troubled town.
Network: FX
(2014)
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Sophisticated snowbound mystery is slow, bloody, compelling.
Network: Pivot
(2015)
Adult divorce drama has mature themes, innuendo, cursing.
Network: Bravo
(2014)
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Racy royal drama is guilty pleasure for mature viewers.
Network: CW
(2013)
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Sex, mild violence, language in period space drama.
Network: Syfy
(2014)
Intelligent British political spy drama is intense, violent.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Historical medical drama is violent, graphic, and complex.
Network: Cinemax
(2014)
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Unsettling crimes make for complicated character studies.
Network: HBO
(2015)