20 best youth series

Interesting series about youth have an army of devoted fans in several generations of viewers. Cool and ridiculous love stories, teenage dramas, career searches, first independent steps, and, of course, funny situations are evergreen stories where everyone recognizes himself. In this selection of long-running films, there are time-tested shows and fresh popular youth projects.

Normal People (2020)

Graduate students Marianne and Connell are radically different from each other in character and social class. A young man from a poor family is an athlete and a favorite of classmates, a girl from the upper class is an outsider at school. The couple is connected by a common secret, carefully kept from others. Irish youth series about the secret first love of teenagers with a continuation in adulthood.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Normal People

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Desmond Eastwood …

Country:
Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Emily in Paris (2020)

A new foreign youth series tells about the adventures of a talented marketer Emily Cooper. An American receives a business proposal from a Paris partner of the firm, and without hesitation moves to France from Chicago. Emily does not know the language and is not familiar with the local customs and culture of the country, but she is ready to compensate for everything with goodwill and diligence, because she is crazy about Paris.

Original title:
Emily in Paris

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Lily Collins, Philippines Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Trigonometry (2020)

The British mini-series is a cool new movie with an original vision of a love triangle where everyone finds happiness. The spouses Kieran and Gemma devote most of their time to work, but the financial situation of the family leaves much to be desired. The lovers decide to rent out an empty room, and the new roommate will turn the usual life of a married couple upside down.

Original title:
Trigonometry

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ariana Labed, Talissa Teixeira, Gary Carr …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1


Nancy Drew (2019 – 2021)

The list of the best youth series continues with a detective story about a purposeful provincial. Nancy dreams of going to college to leave the unpromising town forever, but fate decides otherwise. On the eve of departure, a mysterious murder occurs, and local teenagers become the main suspects. Nancy is also accused of committing a crime, so the girl starts her own investigation.

Original title:
Nancy Drew

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Kennedy McMann, Lea Lewis, Maddison Jaizani…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3


With a capital letter (2017 – 2020)

Sutton, Kat and Jane work for a popular glossy magazine where they give readers valuable advice. Friends talk about the latest fashion trends, current makeup, effective diets and healthy exercises to maintain tone. The heroines of the youth series are sure that they have found the job of their dreams, but the dizzying success in their career interferes with the arrangement of their personal lives.

Original title:
The Bold Type

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Megan Fahey …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.0

Age Limits :
16+


Broad City (2014 – 2019)

A comedy with an exciting plot has not left the top youth series for several years. Ilana and Abby live in New York, which turns into a real adventure for them. Every day, girls get into ridiculous situations, from which they try to get out with dignity. Optimism and an incredible sense of humor help friends not to fall into depression, because a small salary in tandem with big problems can drive anyone crazy.

Original title:
Broad City

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer, Hannibal Buress…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 8.4


Don’t trust the bitch from apartment 23 (2012 – 2013)

June moves from a small town to New York City in hopes of a better future. The first day fully justifies the expectations of the provincial – she is offered a prestigious position and accommodation in a luxurious office apartment. The engagement with her lover becomes a pleasant bonus, but a day later, Jean’s idyll collapses. The firm is stormed by special services, the apartments are arrested, and the guy turns out to be a real scoundrel. Girlish dreams burn with a blue flame, and Chloe’s unscrupulous neighbor adds fuel to the fire.

Original title:
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Krysten Ritter, Dream Walker, Michael Blakelock…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+


Girls (2012 – 2017)

One of the best series for young people in the comedy-drama genre is the show about four girlfriends. Hanna Horvath is 20 years old, graduated from university and dreams of a literary career. Inspiration requires freedom, so the graduate is in no hurry to get a job, preferring to get help from her parents, but the family refuses to finance the future writer. Hannah has to start an independent life, about which she has no idea, like her new acquaintances in New York.

Original title:
Girls

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirk, Adam Driver…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Shameless (2011 – 2021)

The highly rated American series has come to an end, but continues to hold attention and receive great reviews from viewers. After the departure of his wife, Frank Gallagher completely drank himself, so the six children of the unfortunate father are forced to take care of themselves. While the man gets involved in debts and troubles, the eldest daughter Fiona tries to control the restless brothers and sisters.

Original title:
Shameless

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky, Jeremy Allen White …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.6


Two Broke Girls (2011 – 2017)

The popular youth series will introduce viewers to two friends who dream of wealth. Caroline lost her own business , but did not lose faith in a wonderful future. Max is distinguished by gloomy sarcasm, as she has long resigned herself to her unenviable fate. The meeting of two girls develops into friendship and a joint project. It remains only to find a few hundred thousand dollars for its implementation – and life will sparkle with bright colors.

Original title:
2 Broke Girls

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Beth Behrs, Kat Dennings, Matthew My …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+


New Girl (2011 – 2018)

Jess Day finds herself in a difficult situation when she finds a guy with another. The girl has nowhere to go, but she does not want to remain in the company of a traitor. Jess accepts a strange offer – and shares with three guys. Schmidt is too dependent on the opinions of others, Ernie does not know how to communicate with girls, and Nick is going through a difficult break with his beloved. Jess treats everything with humor and teaches this to her neighbors, who take temporary setbacks too seriously.

Original title:
New Girl

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+


Happy ending (2011 – 2013)

Among the interesting youth series, a story about true friends who find themselves in a difficult choice stands out. Dave and Alex’s wedding ends with the escape of the bride, and friends do not know how to console the deceived groom. A week later, the girl returns, but the idea of ​​reconciling the couple fails. The personal catastrophe of some threatens the friendship of the others – young people must now decide which side to take.

Original title:
Happy Endings

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Eliza Koop, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Fresh meat (2011 – 2016)

British series about students from Manchester named one of the best projects of recent years. Several first-year girls and boys who do not know each other rent a house and begin to live under the same roof. Student life is full of discoveries, bright emotions and disappointments, but an unusual company successfully passes the exam for growing up. The movie is worth watching in the dubbing of Ketchup TV, where the character of each character is perfectly conveyed.

Original title:
Fresh Meat

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Zavi Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberly Nixon …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Dregs (2009 – 2013)

Not the last place in the top of TV series for young people is occupied by a foreign parody of a superhero movie . Five juvenile delinquents are serving time in community service and do not get along with each other. During a thunderstorm, the guys are struck by a lightning strike, after which they acquire unique abilities. Simon can become invisible, Alisha causes excitement with one touch to a person, Curtis can turn back time, and Kelly hears the thoughts of others. And only Nathan can not determine his own superpower, which has not yet manifested itself.

Original title:
Misfits

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Ivan Rheon, Lauren Socha …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Community (2009 – 2015)

A new school year begins in a provincial town, and the most diverse people gather at the local college. There are more young people among students without specific plans for the future, but there are also colorful characters. An arrogant lawyer , a middle-aged divorcee, a former football player and a grey-haired old man who manages to get into ridiculous situations.

Original title:
Community

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
16+


The Big Bang Theory (2007 – 2019)

One of the longest-running modern youth series, the closure of which was perceived by fans as a personal tragedy. Short episodes show the everyday life of talented geniuses, where they face not only scientific problems. Sheldon and Leonard are young physicists with exaggerated IQs. However, mental abilities do not always help in ordinary life situations.

Original title:
The Big Bang Theory

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:
Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

Ted first thinks about failures in his personal life when his friend announces his upcoming engagement. Marshal will soon marry Lily and is in anticipation of a joyful event. Ted realizes that more effort is needed to find a soul mate. Fate gives the guy a meeting with the beautiful Robin, generously laying one more trump ace up his sleeve.

Original title:
How I Met Your Mother

Genre:
Comedy, Romance, Drama

Actors:
Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.6, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


O.S. – Lonely Hearts (2003 – 2007)

The action of a cool youth series takes place in a prestigious resort in sunny California. At the invitation of the public defender, a teenager with a criminal past finds himself in a corner of paradise. Ryan Atwood wants to find himself in the ideal world of rich people as quickly as possible, but he will be disappointed. Behind a beautiful glossy picture lies betrayal, lies, and a sticky web of dangerous intrigues.

Original title:
The OC

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Ben McKenzie, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson…

Country:
USA

Rating :
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5


Klava, come on! (2002 – 2006)

The youth sitcom will introduce viewers to the staff of a popular television company. Claudia Casey receives a long-awaited assignment and moves into the news department. Friends from the old office support the girl, and new colleagues are not happy with the replenishment. Arrogant careerists try to offend Casey by any means, considering her an upstart, but Claudia is ready to fight back for the sake of the coveted position.

Original title:
Less Than Perfect

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Sara Rue, Zachary Levi, Andrea Parker…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0


Friends (1994 – 2004)

The cult comedy series is an unsurpassed classic that has not lost its charm after a quarter of a century since its premiere. After a failed wedding, Rachel moves in with her friend Monica in Manhattan. The girls’ neighbors are cheerful guys Joey and Chandler, who are trying to find themselves in this vast world. The company is complemented by a strange singer Phoebe with an original repertoire and brother of Monica Ross, who has been in love with Rachel since school.

Original title:
Friends

Genre:
Comedy, romance

Actors:
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 9.3, IMDb – 8.8

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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