Drama TV for Teens

The best dramas pull you in with great stories, compelling characters, and complex moral questions. These picks for teens have it all, and characters they can relate to make it easy for you to start conversations afterward. From Pretty Little Liars to Madam Secretary to Manhattan, these shows span interests, historical periods, locations, and themes -- but they'll all keep you glued to the screen for "just one more" episode. For more, check out our list of Shows like Pretty Little Liars and Shows for the Modern Family.

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Marvel's Agent Carter TV Poster Image
Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland TV Poster Image
TV spin-off takes dark fantasy drama to another dimension.
Network: ABC
(2013)
(2013)
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Everwood TV Poster Image
Engaging but controversial show for teens.
Network: WB
(2003)
(2002)
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Hindsight TV Poster Image
Fresh time-warp drama has likable lead, worthwhile message.
Network: VH1
(2015)
(2015)
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Red Band Society TV Poster Image
Likable teens tackle tough circumstances in moving dramedy.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2014)
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Battle Creek TV Poster Image
Odd-couple cops deliver laughs and drama, with some blood.
Network: CBS
(2015)
(2015)
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Bunheads TV Poster Image
Likable drama blends good role models, small-town humor.
Network: Freeform
(2012)
(2012)
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Crisis TV Poster Image
Twisty hostage drama involves kids in danger.
Network: NBC
(2014)
(2014)
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Degrassi TV Poster Image
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(2001)
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Elementary TV Poster Image
Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.
Network: CBS
(2012)
(2012)
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The Fosters TV Poster Image
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
(2013)
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Friday Night Lights TV Poster Image
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
Network: Freeform, NBC
(2006)
(2006)
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Gilmore Girls TV Poster Image
Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.
Network: Freeform, CW
(2005)
(2000)
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Gotham TV Poster Image
Dark, violent drama tells compelling Batman backstory.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2014)
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Gracepoint TV Poster Image
Compelling crime drama centers on a tween's murder.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2014)
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Lost TV Poster Image
Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
Network: ABC
(2005)
(2004)
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Madam Secretary TV Poster Image
Strong female lead in smart, teen-friendly drama.
Network: CBS
(2014)
(2014)
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Manhattan TV Poster Image
Tense rendering of nuclear project is OK for brave teens.
Network: WGN
(2014)
(2014)
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Pretty Little Liars TV Poster Image
Tantalizing mystery plays up glamour, sexiness in teen life.
Network: Freeform
(2010)
(2010)
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Sherlock TV Poster Image
Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
Network: PBS
(2010)
(2010)
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Sports Night TV Poster Image
Sophisticated dramedy features some mature themes.
Network: FX, Syndicated
(2013)
(1998)
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Prime Suspect (UK) TV Poster Image
Flawed-but-forceful female lead is a tough act to follow.
Network: ITV, PBS
(2013)
(1991)
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American Crime TV Poster Image
Dark, mature drama explores race, violence, drugs, family.
Network: ABC
(2015)
(2015)
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Better Call Saul TV Poster Image
Breaking Bad spin-off is a darkly comic tale of ambition.
Network: AMC
(2015)
(2015)
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Bosch TV Poster Image
Complex lead, dark cases make for a compelling cop drama.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
(2014)
(2014)
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Bloodline TV Poster Image
Dark family drama is gripping, addictive -- and grim.
Network: Netflix
(2015)
(2015)
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Empire TV Poster Image
Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
Network: Fox
(2014)
(2015)
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Fargo TV Poster Image
Dark drama brings violence to generations in troubled town.
Network: FX
(2014)
(2014)
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Fortitude TV Poster Image
Sophisticated snowbound mystery is slow, bloody, compelling.
Network: Pivot, Amazon Prime Video
(2015)
(2015)
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Good Behavior TV Poster Image
A woman is drawn to dark choices in quality crime drama.
Network: TNT
(2016)
(2016)
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The Honorable Woman Movie Poster Image
Intelligent British political spy drama is intense, violent.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2014)
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The Knick TV Poster Image
Historical medical drama is violent, graphic, and complex.
Network: Cinemax
(2014)
(2014)
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True Detective TV Poster Image
Unsettling crimes make for complicated character studies.
Network: HBO
(2015)
(2014)
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