It’s hard to beat a good teen show. From classics like Degrassi and Dawson’s Creek to The O.C. and Freaks and Geeks, teen shows have the rare ability to combine the heartwarming with the hilarious, the earnest with the eccentric.
2021 saw a plethora of excellent teen content, both in the form of new shows and new seasons. Read on to discover the best teen shows of 2021.
Best teen shows of 2021: Never Have I Ever
Co-created by Mindy Kaling, this show centers around Devi Vishwakumar, an Indian-American high schooler from Southern California. Dealing with grief from her father’s passing, conflict with her overbearing mother, and all the stress that comes with being in high school — crushes, friendships, grades, etc. — Never Have I Ever is one of the most layered and realistic depictions of high school out there.
Season 2 premiered on Netflix this summer.
Best teen shows of 2021: Sex Education
Sex Education is one of the boldest, most daring shows out there in any genre. Focusing on the nitty-gritty of sex and puberty, Sex Education touches on important topics like sexuality and assault in a respectful way while never losing its heart or comedic touch. Few shows can say every single person in their large ensemble brings something unique to the table the way Sex Education can.
Season 3 premiered on Netflix this fall.