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Five Underrated Young Adult Shows to Watch Today – Streaming Now!

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There are some shows out there that are so incredibly hyped up that when you finally get around to watching them, they fall short of all your expectations. Some others yet that are so devilishly underrated young adult shows that you wish more people would only give them a fighting chance. Coming of age stories always have a different kind of aesthetic approach to them, and we love to see a story of this kind made and made well. Today, we will look at five Young Adult coming of age series that we think deserved better. Read on if you’re trying to get introduced to some hidden gems in this genre.

  1. Freaks and Geeks

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Freaks and Geeks (1999)

If there is anything you take away from on here, let it be this show!

Freaks and Geeks is a 1999 drama consisting of one season and 18 episodes. The show is credited for introducing an entire set of stars, including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Busy Phillips, and many others.

The show follows two groups of people: the freaks and the geeks, as they try to make it through school without losing all of their remaining individuality.

The series is extremely witty and has a handsome amount of dry humor that will have you chuckling long after you’re done watching it.

  1. Bunheads


Bunheads (2012)

With this series, we have 3 words for you: Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Bunheads could be one of her best works to date – and the most underrated. Sutton Foster’s on-screen brilliance, coupled with the script’s effortless hilarity, makes it a delight to watch.

It is light-hearted yet intense – it lets you feel many things, making it a well-rounded viewing experience.

Following the story of a show-girl that takes dance lessons with her mother-in-law, Bunheads is a series meant for everyone.

  1. Daria


Daria (1997)

The sister-show of Beavis and Butt‑Head truly believes that Daria has not yet received the recognition it deserves.

This comedic masterpiece revolves around the title character Daria – a confessed misanthrope, brainiac, and teenager, as she walks us through her life one sarcastic remark at a time.

A great work of adult animation is hard to come by on a good day, and it is fair to say that the world is truly sleeping on Daria’s excellence.

  1. I am Not Okay with This

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I am Not Okay with This (2020)

Give us something current! you say. We hear you, and we’ve got you covered.

The long list of shows with potential that was canceled due to COVID19 is I am Not Okay with This. This 2020 Netflix comedy-drama is like the lovechild of Stranger Things and Carrie.

The series, albeit short, is worth watching so that you could see what happens when a storyline is executed the right way. It gets you hooked from the start and sees to it that you stay that way.

It sure is a shame that we wouldn’t really see what happens to these characters we learn to love as we get through season 1, but this shouldn’t stop you from experiencing I am Not Okay with This.

  1. Betty


Betty (2020)

Here is one for all of you looking for a good female-centric piece of young adult fiction to watch.

Betty is a show based on the 2018 film Skate Kitchen. It is created by Crystal Moselle and tells the story of a group of female skateboarders that try to make it big in a male-dominated field.

It deals with sexism and prejudice issues in a light-hearted manner but manages to get the message through to the audience. It is funny in a heartfelt way and will leave you with all the warm fuzzies you will ever need in life.

This is our list of five young adult shows that are underrated yet second to none. Choose your player and get ready to be entertained and inspired, all at the same time!

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