There is no doubt that high school teenage dramas are one of the most entertaining escapes from the current issues and unprecedented times like these. Fictional teenagers have over-the-top dramas in their lives, and well, they make the perfect treat for us. You might not be in your high school right now or are dwelling in your twenties or thirties, but you can always go back to your teenage years through these entertaining creations on different streaming platforms, which are a perfect treat of nostalgia. In this article, we have compiled the list of top 15 High School teenage dramas, both new and classic, that you can stream on different OTT platforms and reminisce about those long-lost days where your only focus was on your crush rather than filing tax returns or several other adulting things, which feels like a forever thing to do now.
Therefore, these streaming platforms have come up with this teenage escapism through these incredibly wholesome high school dramas, which surely will take you down memory lane. Let’s get started.
Never Have I Ever (2020)
The Netflix coming-of-age drama is about Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a 15-year-old high school girl who just wants to be popular in her school days and have a smart boyfriend. The show is created by Mindy Kaling and shows the struggles of being an Indian American teenager. The drama beautifully portrays the constant balance that this teenager tries to maintain between her two identities. The show is streaming on Netflix, and you can watch it for a subscription fee.
Sex Education (2019)
This Netflix high school drama is about a socially awkward high school student named Otis, who later realizes in his life that he has a superpower. The boy possesses a remarkable depth of knowledge in the matters of sex education, which he ultimately gets from his mother, as she is a sex therapist. Otis and his crush Maeve (Emma Mackey) soon realize that they can team up together and make money out of his superpower by establishing an underground sex therapy clinic. Its two seasons are already out on Netflix, where this wonderful coming-of-age drama portrays the reality.
If you are no less than a fanatic when it comes to high school dramas, then this television series is the perfect call for you. Riverdale features a group of teenage friends where the main protagonist in the show is Archie. He is an angsty teenager who wants to create good music and is not interested in playing football, for god’s sake. The other characters include Betty, the school’s popular girl and are secretly into S&M. The rich, spoilt Veronica. Then there’s Jughead, who is more interested in becoming an investigative journalist.
The OC (2003)
It is considered one of the most popular high school dramas of the early 2000s, where the story is just perfect for giving you a heavy dose of nostalgia. The drama is based on teenagers’ lives in a small city in California. It is about a boy named Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) who gets adopted by a wealthy Cohen family and how he lives through this dysfunctional family’s ups and downs.
Gossip Girl (2007)
Streaming on Netflix, this iconic series is all about the lives of some super-privileged teenagers residing in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The show begins on a mysterious note where one of the main characters, Serena van der Woodsen, returns after missing. Then there’s this outsider Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley), a writer from Brooklyn who basically doesn’t fit in with the common crowd. There are several main leads in the show whose lives become intertwined, and the rest of the drama is gold.
One Tree Hill (2003)
Another classic from the early 2000s is set in a fictional town of Tree Hill in North Carolina. The story revolves around two half-brothers, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty), and their equally shared love for basketball. Still considered one of the best teen dramas of all time, its seasons are available on Netflix.
It is a Netflix original television series, a heartwarming comedy about Sam, played by Keri Gilchrist. He is a teenager on the autism spectrum and ultimately decides for himself that he is ready to fall in love. The show explores a socially awkward teenager’s features and how exactly is his high school life and romance. It also explores how certain families deal with this thing, being all over-protective and sometimes too difficult.
On My Block (2018)
This show is a typical high school drama that tropes while portraying African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods’ lives in Los Angeles. It is a great watch about friendships, love, loss, and much more to explore.
This show is based on the Israeli series of the same name, which revolves around the story of a 17-year-old girl named Rue (Zendeya). She is a troubled girl and a drug-addict and has been released from rehab. The series explores her life after the rehab, and along with her, the show will take you on different journeys where the teenagers learn how to deals with oncoming adulthood, drugs, and trauma. The show is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018)
The series is an adaptation of Sabrina the Teenage witch comic story. This is an absolute coming-of-age drama about Sabrina, a witch who has to deal with evil forces to protect her family and friends. The series also features a balance which she tries to make between her two identities as a witch and a normal girl on the other hand.
It’s a gripping tale about an overly optimistic girl in high school and tries to band together a group of people to form a ‘glee’ club together. The songs are amazing and give you the perfect feel of a high school band. However, the show primarily focuses on celebrating the diversity of different races and is set on a high school satire.
The show is a Spanish-language series that streams on Netflix. Set in Las Encinas, the story revolves around a fictional elite secondary school where three working-class teenagers get enrolled in a school through scholarship and now have to survive among their wealthy classmates. The twist is that the show also follows a murder mystery that ties them all together till the very end.
13 Reasons Why (2017)
The series is based on a 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher. This controversial drama deals with many sensitive themes of suicide and the growing bullying and assault culture in high schools. The series also features sexual abuse and molestation happening with youngsters now and then. Hannah Baker takes up her own life and leaves a box of cassette tapes behind. Each tape reveals a reason why she did what she did, and here comes the full picture.
The shoe features the bullying nature of an overweight girl through most of her high school years. An accident transforms her personality into a thinner and more confident individual. From there, she decides to take revenge on those who body-shamed her and made her feel terrible about her body.
Everything Sucks (2018)
Even though the show got canceled after its first season, it is still one of the most popular high school dramas due to its growing fan base. The show is set in the 1990s in a town called Boring, where it features Boring High School’s AV and drama clubs’ lives. The drama beautifully showcases how teenagers lived back then without the urgent need and dependence on smartphones and social media, which is a kind of labyrinth for today’s generation. The show still streams on Netflix with only one season on board.