20 cool series about school and teenagers

School years are a unique time when everything happens for the first time in life: love, friendship, betrayal, rivalry, victories. Long-term prospects open before young people and all the knowledge of the world falls into their hands, but is a school for learning? In any case, not in the cinema, otherwise who would watch TV shows about school and teenagers, except for the compilers of textbooks?

Generation (2021)

The eccentric teenager Chester is famous for his extraordinary demeanor and ability to find a common language with others. However, there is a downside to the personality of a liberated high school student, where hidden fears are hidden. The zoomer generation dreams of success, but at the same time peers uncertainly at the screens of gadgets, clinging to ghostly virtual relationships and afraid to show feelings in real life.

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

Original title:
Generation

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Natanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.5


Cancel action (2020)

The Mexican series about love and school will delight you with an excellent detective story. High school students are being blackmailed by a mysterious hacker who has collected impressive dirt on students from their mobile phones. The revelation of secrets causes panic among the schoolchildren, and only the observant Sophia retains her sanity. The girl collects evidence in order to come to the blackmailer along the chain of evidence.

Original title:
Control Z

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Ana Valeria Becerril, Michael Ronda, Yankel Stevan…

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8


I do not like it! (2020)

Schoolchildren often dream of gaining superpowers, becoming famous all over the world and winning the fight against evil. Sydney does not need to fantasize, because she already has an unusual power that needs to be learned to control. The girl is able to flare up at any moment, and her gift just manifests itself in moments of emotional upsurge. Any event can become a catalyst – from difficulties at home or at school to unrequited love.

Original title:
I Am Not Okay with This

Genre:
Comedy, fantasy, drama, fantasy

Actors:
Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Bryant …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.5


Sexual education (2019 – 2020)

A foreign series about schoolchildren and the problems of sex education that some parents ignore. Young Otis knows a lot about intimate relationships – his mother works as a sex therapist. Not all guys are so lucky with competent sexual education, and the lack of information sometimes leads to serious complications. A classmate suggests that Otis use his knowledge to help his peers who find themselves in a difficult situation.

Original title:
Sex Education

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age Limits :
16+


Looking for Alaska (2019)

Miles Holter is new to Culver Creek Forest Boarding School. The young man studies the last statements of famous people, and following the dying words of the French writer Francois Rabelais, he changes a quiet life with his parents for a new one, where he starts everything from scratch in an unfamiliar environment. He has friends and adventures , but the tragic death of his beloved friend makes Miles rethink his attitude to the world.

Original title:
Looking for Alaska

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Charlie Plummer, Christine Froseth, Denzel Love…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.1


Don’t Try It Again (2019 – 2020)

A modern teenage series about school and love tells the story of a difficult relationship that pushes a young hero onto a criminal path. Moritz Zimmerman is in love with Lisa Novak, but she has long been addicted to ecstasy. The girl leaves the guy for the dealer, but the young man does not want to give up. Moritz steals a pack of pills and starts his own drug business in order to get Lisa back.

Original title:
How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Maximilian Mundt, Danilo Kamber, Anna-Lena Klenke …

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.9


Our teacher, Gabriel Iglesias (2019 – 2020)

There is not a single student who is indifferent to such a great teacher as Mr. Iglesias. The mentor knows how to find a common language with the children, speaks with them on an equal footing, and the lessons in the yard cause real delight among the students. For the sake of improving academic performance, the school principal expels negligent high school students, but the teacher is ready to rectify the situation. Gabriel forgoes an exciting trip to bring up the lagging students.

original title :
Mr. Iglesias

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Gabriel Iglesias, Sherry Shepherd, Jacob Vargas…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 7.1


Elite (2018 – 2021)

An interesting story about teenagers from low-income families got into the top series about school. The guys, due to the emergency state of their educational institution, ended up in a prestigious gymnasium, where the real elite studies. But not all high school students are happy with new beggars. The children of rich parents decide to put the poor in their place, resorting to rude and cynical tricks. Gradually, the conflict between different layers of society develops into a tragedy.

Original title:
Élite

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardo, Aron Piper…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Complete rubbish! (2018)

The action of the youth series takes place in the 90s of the last century, when smartphones did not yet exist. Going to school makes children sad, and a variety of hobbies bring real pleasure. Young enthusiasts join a circle where they are taught how to create videos, and teenagers light up the idea. The schoolchildren intend to make their own film, trying themselves as novice filmmakers.

Original Title :
Everything Sucks!

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Actors:
Jahi Diallo Winston, Peyton Kennedy, Patrick Darro …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Head teachers (2016 – 2018)

The American series about the school is a funny black comedy , where the unbalanced leadership of the educational institution is at the center of the plot. The director’s retirement vacates a vacant position, for which a serious battle unfolds between the two head teachers. Men are responsible for the schedule and discipline, but all duties fade into the background, because at stake is a real school throne.

Original title:
Vice Principals

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Danny McBride, Walton Goggins, Georgia King…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 8.0

Age Limits :
16+


My crazy diary (2013 – 2015)

The popular series is worth watching for fans of heartfelt stories with recognizable characters. Ray Earl is a 16 year old overweight girl. The schoolgirl shares her experiences with her diary, because there are not too many who want to make friends with a former patient of a mental hospital . Ray has to go through a difficult path of self-acceptance so that numerous complexes do not interfere with enjoying life.

Original title:
My Mad Fat Diary

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Jodie Comer, Kiera Baxendale, Dan Cohen …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4


Physics or Chemistry (2008 – 2011)

The selection continues with a Spanish series about school love and young teachers, which has earned a lot of rave reviews from viewers. Both teenagers and adults were imbued with a fascinating plot, because the story is not only about romantic relationships, but also the interaction of mentors and wards. The ardent feeling of a schoolboy for a teacher, an unconventional relationship between two classmates, friendship and quarrels, betrayals and intrigues – the series captures from the first minutes of viewing.

Original title:
Física o química

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Ana Milan, Andrea Duro, Javier Calvo…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Overgrown (2008 – 2010)

The popular British sitcom is a flurry of teenage humor and unpredictable situations that lie in wait for teenagers. Young men are afraid to embarrass themselves in a new class, it is difficult for them to meet girls, it is not easy to get a drink, and one can only dream of first intimacy. Adolescence is a kind of life test that four Britons are trying to pass, generously using profanity.

Original title:
The Inbetweeners

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 8.4

Age limit:
16+


Beverly Hills 90210: The Next Generation (2008 – 2013)

Among the best series about the school was a spin-off of the popular telenovela about the adventures of young people living in a prestigious area. Harry Wilson moves to Los Angeles from Kansas with his wife and children. The head of the family has been appointed director of the Beverly Hills School, where teenagers of different religions and races study. Among the students, their leaders and outcasts appear – growing up in a heavenly place is also not cloudless.

Original title:
90210

Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Actors:
Shiney Grimes Beach, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynn McCord…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age Limits :
0+


Skins (2007 – 2013)

Each new generation of teenagers is no different from the previous ones: a riot of hormones, conflict with themselves and others, the desire for independence. The children of modern Britain live not only with joys, but also with problems, where drug use is in the first place . Hazardous substances remove moral restrictions, and teenagers want to make themselves known to the whole world in any way.

Original title:
Skins

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, Kaya Scodelario…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2


Gossip Girl (2007 – 2013)

The youth series about high school will give the audience an intrigue, like in a real detective. Students at a prestigious Manhattan private school get the latest news from the mysterious Gossip Girl’s popular blog. Teenagers do not know who is hiding behind a mysterious pseudonym. Gossip Girl is able to find out any secret by making it public, and everyone blindly trusts the published information.

Original title:
Gossip Girl

Genre:
Drama, melodrama

Actors:
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Friday Night Lights (2006 – 2011)

Dillon High High School is renowned for its strong athletes and the strong support of local American football fans. The emergence of a new coach, Eric Taylor, provokes a series of conflicts. The school management puts pressure on the mentor, obliging him to lead the team to victory by any means. Eric does not agree to act with dirty methods and overstep personal principles.

Original title:
Friday Night Lights

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6


One Tree Hill (2003 – 2012)

The series about high school students has sports rivalries, love triangles, and family secrets. Self-confident Nathan from a wealthy family is the star of the basketball team . The guy is used to being a leader and leading the rest of the guys, but the intellectual Lucas, the son of a single mother, tries to stay away from the local celebrity. Everything changes when the quiet one gets into Nathan’s team and becomes the main rival of the popular athlete.

Original title:
One Tree Hill

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, sports

Actors:
Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hilary Burton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Rebellious Spirit (2002 – 2003)

In the center of the plot are four teenagers with different destinies, pupils of an elite school. The arrogant beauty Mia considers herself the perfect girl, Marizza does not get along with her mother, who has devoted her life to a modeling career . Pablo’s father is the current mayor, and only Manuel, who comes from a poor family, stands out from the general picture of well-being. The guys are connected by a passion for music , and teenagers decide to organize a school group.

Original title:
Rebelde Way

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy, family, music

Actors:
Camila Bordonaba, Benjamin Rojas, Luisana Lopilato…

Country:
Argentina

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Hooligans and Nerds (1999 – 2000)

Lindsey Wier is a diligent high school student and math contestant . The girl’s life changes when, out of sympathy for the local bully Daniel, she begins to spend time in a strange company. Lindsey’s best friend does not support her friend’s new hobby, but the schoolgirl in love does not pay attention to the warnings and advice of others.

Original title:
Freaks and Geeks

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daly, James Franco …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.8


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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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