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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.

Browse Drama TV for Teens

AGE
12
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Strong female lead defies stereotypes in tantalizing series.
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Network: ABC
(2015)
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12
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TV spin-off takes dark fantasy drama to another dimension.
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Network: ABC
(2013)
AGE
12
QUALITY
 
Tech-driven drama celebrates brains over brawn.
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Network: CBS
(2014)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Twisty hostage drama involves kids in danger.
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Network: NBC
(2014)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Engaging but controversial show for teens.
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Network: WB
(2003)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Poignant football drama scores; OK for teens.
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Network: ABC Family, NBC
(2006)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Fresh time-warp drama has likable lead, worthwhile message.
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Network: VH1
(2015)
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Likable teens tackle tough circumstances in moving dramedy.
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Network: Fox
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Family drama explores questions of ethics, espionage.
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Network: NBC
(2015)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Likable drama blends good role models, small-town humor.
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Network: ABC Family
(2012)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
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Network: TeenNick
(2005)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.
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Network: CBS
(2012)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Violent teen drama series raises Internet safety issues.
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Network: MTV
(2015)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
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Network: ABC Family
(2013)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
A coming-of-age drama that's great for teen girls.
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Network: ABC Family, CW
(2005)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Dark, violent drama tells compelling Batman backstory.
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Network: Fox
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Compelling crime drama centers on a tween's murder.
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Network: Fox
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Excellent, sometimes scary drama for fearless families.
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Network: ABC
(2005)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Strong female lead in smart, teen-friendly drama.
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Network: CBS
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Tense rendering of nuclear project is OK for brave teens.
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Network: WGN
(2014)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Tantalizing mystery plays up glamour, sexiness of teen life.
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Network: ABC Family
(2010)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Compelling Pretty Little Liars spin-off is darker.
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Network: ABC Family
(2013)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Smart modern detective tales with dark, morbid elements.
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Network: PBS
(2010)
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
Sophisticated dramedy features some mature themes.
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Network: FX, Syndicated
(2013)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Complex lead, dark cases make for a compelling cop drama.
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Network: Amazon
(2014)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Flawed-but-forceful female lead is a tough act to follow.
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Network: ITV, PBS
(2013)
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
Racy royal drama is guilty pleasure for mature viewers.
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Network: CW
(2013)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Breaking Bad spin-off is a darkly comic tale of ambition.
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Network: AMC
(2015)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Musical melodrama explores family, fame, and homophobia.
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Network: Fox
(2014)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Dark drama brings evil and violence to a small town.
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Network: FX
(2014)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Sophisticated snowbound mystery is slow, bloody, compelling.
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Network: Pivot
(2015)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Adult divorce drama has mature themes, innuendo, cursing.
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Network: Bravo
(2014)
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Unsettling crimes make for a compelling character study.
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Network: HBO
(2014)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Sex, mild violence, language in period space drama.
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Network: Syfy
(2014)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Intelligent British political spy drama is intense, violent.
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Network: Sundance Channel
(2014)
AGE
17
QUALITY
 
Historical medical drama is violent, graphic, and complex.
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Network: Cinemax
(2014)

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