Shows Like "13 Reasons Why" That Start Important Conversations

The edgy Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which revolves around teen bullying, rape, and a subsequent suicide, has created a lot of buzz for the way it addresses complicated issues. However, it's gotten lots of parents and kids talking, which is always a good thing. For families looking to continue the conversation, Common Sense has lots of recommendations for shows that tackle big questions. The shows on this list aren't for every family, and some are more mature than others, but they all thoughtfully address issues such as mental health, sexual assault, drug use, and other tough topics.

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Andi Mack TV Poster Image
Heartwarming, diverse coming-of-age story best for tweens.
Network: Disney Channel
(2017)
(2017)
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One Day at a Time TV Poster Image
Worthy update of classic sitcom has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2017)
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Degrassi: Next Class TV Poster Image
An edgier Degrassi for the digital age still has heart.
Network: Netflix
(2016)
(2016)
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It Gets Better TV Poster Image
Honest accounts of LGBTQ life inspire hope for teens.
Network: Logo, MTV
(2012)
(2012)
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Degrassi TV Poster Image
Superb, socially conscious drama deals with tough issues.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(2001)
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My So-Called Life TV Poster Image
Mature teen angst at its best.
Network: TeenNick
(2005)
(1994)
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Freaks and Geeks TV Poster Image
Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.
Network: Syndicated
(2011)
(1999)
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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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The Fosters TV Poster Image
Heartwarming drama about foster teens and their two moms.
Network: Freeform
(2013)
(2013)
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Recovery Road TV Poster Image
Teen-in-rehab drama has realistic plot, great characters.
Network: Freeform
(2016)
(2016)
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East Los High TV Poster Image
Edgy Latino teen soap raises timely issues in sensitive way.
Network: Hulu
(2013)
(2013)
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My Mad Fat Diary TV Poster Image
Edgy but heartfelt British coming-of-age tale wows.
Network: Hulu
(2016)
(2015)
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Please Like Me TV Poster Image
Aussie show tackles tough issues with humor.
Network: Pivot
(2015)
(2014)
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Crazyhead TV Poster Image
Comedy-horror series mixes mental health and the paranormal.
Network: Netflix
(2017)
(2016)
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Sweet/Vicious TV Poster Image
Edgy series tackles sexual assault with comedy, violence.
Network: MTV
(2016)
(2016)
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