Are you bored with being stuck at home this winter? We’ve got some suggestions for how to fix that. Stop the endless scrolling through Netflix and Hulu, and cue up one of these great teen TV shows. (Warning: You might get sucked in fast!)
American Vandal (Netflix)
Is your queue filled with true crime documentaries? Then American Vandal, a satirical take on the genre, is the show for you. It follows two high schoolers creating a documentary about a prank that happened in their school’s parking lot. All the evidence points to the guy who always gets into trouble, but he says he didn’t do it. And as the investigation continues, the situation grows murkier…
East Los High (Hulu)
This was the first English-language series to feature an all-Latino cast. It focuses on a group of teens in Los Angeles, navigating the end of their high school careers. The show ultimately encourages good life choices, but there’s also plenty of romance, heartbreak, and juicy gossip to go around.
If you’re obsessed with The Walking Dead, add Daybreak to your queue. The lead character, Josh Wheeler, moved to Los Angeles from Canada not long before the apocalypse happened, and is now trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world while he searches for his British girlfriend. That means dealing with gangs of evil jocks and cheerleaders who are now Amazon warriors. So, not too different from your high school experience, right?
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
This reboot of the ‘90s sitcom looks nothing like the original. Sure, you have familiar characters Sabrina, Harvey, Salem, and Aunties Zelda and Hilda, but the similarities end there. Trust us, this Sabrina is not a good witch. But she is trying to balance her normal life at Baxter High with learning witchcraft at the Academy of the Unseen Arts. Get ready for four seasons of love and adventures.
Love, Victor (Hulu)
Did you see the hit 2018 movie Love, Simon? This is a spin-off set in the same world. Victor just moved to a fictional town in Georgia and is navigating being the new guy while also struggling with his sexual orientation and trying to figure out who he is. From the first episode, you’ll be invested in his journey. Binge the first season now to prepare for season 2, which should be dropping soon.
Grand Army (Netflix)
This Netflix series is an honest look at students attending a fictional high school in Brooklyn, New York. The first season follows them through the challenges they face when discovering who they are while living under the microscope of social media. Get ready for some seriously moving plotlines.
We Are Who We Are (HBO Max)
Another coming of age story, We Are Who We Are features teens on an army base in Italy exploring their sexual identities. The limited series was created by filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, who won an Oscar for best screenplay for the movie Call Me by Your Name. You may notice some similarities between the two.
Are you ready to laugh about your middle school experience? Comedians Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle sure are. In Pen15, they play younger versions of themselves, throwing it back to the early 2000s. Fashion and technology may be different now, but otherwise, it’s clear middle school doesn’t change much. This hilarious show is perfect for laughing at your former self while also celebrating how far you’ve come.
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By: Mandy Carr