Must Watch Nostalgic Teen Dramas!

Sometimes, all you want to do is to watch a cheesy nostalgic drama as you lie in bed. If you’re looking for a new show like this, follow along as we introduce you to some of our favorite teen dramas from the 2000s up to the 2010s.

The Carrie Diaries (201-2014)

Austin Butler. Need we say more? If you’re seeking a delightful series set in the 1980s that follows a young teenage girl discovering and navigating relationships, we wholeheartedly recommend The Carrie Diaries. This feel-good tv show captures the essence of everyday teen drama that most regular teenagers might experience, and it includes an endearing romance of young love and self-discovery along the way. Unfortunately, this show was short-lived with only 2 seasons, so if you’re looking for something quick and lighthearted to watch, The Carrie Diaries is the show for you. But don’t tell us we didn’t warn you when you’re left wanting more because trust us, you will!

Where to watch: The CW

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Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017)

Looking for a dramatic teen mystery? You got to check out Pretty Little Liars. This gripping series centers around the lives of four teenage girls, each grieving one year after their close friend’s disappearance. Follow along the girls’ story as they face threatening text messages by a mysterious ‘A’, who alludes to the fact that their friend just might be alive. You’ll get hooked into the mystery of this show as you try to uncover ‘A’ and solve who’s behind the many deaths that arise in this small town. With 7 seasons and a couple of spinoff series, we can guarantee that this teen mystery won’t disappoint.

Where to watch: Max & Hulu

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90210 (2008-2013)

If you’re seeking a glamorous show full of drama within a group of privileged teenagers, look no further in 90210. A spinoff of the popular 1990s Beverly Hills, 90210, this show follows the lives and relationships of part of the original cast as well as the next generation of this famous zip code. “90210” transports you into a world of glamor and extravagance as you follow along the captivating lives of these young adults. Indulge in this addictive drama that effortlessly weaves together the nostalgia of the past with fresh storylines.

Where to watch: The CW & Amazon Prime

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008-2013)

The Secret Life of the American Teenager follows the life of a 15-year-old girl who discovers she is pregnant right from the first episode. Like 90210, this show is full of captivating drama that entangles the lives of six high school students. As the story progresses, the audience witnesses the many challenges she encounters, and the impact her decisions have on the relationships surrounding her. Delve into this emotional journey and prepare to be hooked as the young protagonist navigates the complexities of her situation, providing a thought-provoking exploration of the consequences and dynamics that arise from her choices.

Where to watch: Hulu

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Dawson’s Creeks (1998-2003)

Prepare yourself, as this show will remind you exactly what it feels like to be a naive, innocent 15-year-old, giving you all the feels as you watch your favorite characters grow up through these 6 seasons. If you’re looking for a show that has a dramatic yet realistic experience, we highly recommend Dawson’s Creek. It follows a coming-of-age storytelling pattern, where you’ll love to watch every character grow and discover themselves as they make mistakes along the way.

Where to watch: Max, Hulu & Amazon Prime

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Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson is a Junior at The University of Texas at Austin studying radio, television, and film with a minor in business. She is an intern with AfterBuzz TV and Heal Squad with Maria Menounos, and hopes to have a career in the media industry working in production or post-production. Amanda is from Atlanta, Georgia, is a lover of all animals, and a television buff.