So, you have youngsters in the house that have outgrown the latest kids movies and family programs, but they aren’t ready for The Walking Dead or The Witcher (regardless of what they have to say on the matter).
Not to worry, Netflix is dishing up plenty of content appropriate for the modern tween and teen audience. We are talking about appropriate shows that don’t feel juvenile, and show young people exactly what they are capable of and raise aspirations.
Here is our pick for the 15 best teen shows that are currently streaming on Netflix.
Anne with an E
This Canadian TV show is based on the classic 1908 novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery about an orphan, Anne Shirley, who finds herself living with a conservative elderly brother and sister on Prince Edward Island. Her carefree manner brings much-needed change into their lives.
The book was ahead of its time in terms of understanding that attitude is everything when it comes to life, and has valuable life lessons for today’s surly kids.
The Baby-Sitters Club
The latest reimagining for television of the classic book series by Ann M. Martin. A group of middle school girls go into business for themselves creating a babysitting company. But they learn much about responsibility and the value of friendship along the way.
The characters have been updated to reflect the lives of modern teens, but parents (and grandparents) will also recognize their favorite characters
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia
This show follows a 15-year-old science prodigy who is determined to become a robotics engineer and a rocket scientist. But just because her knowledge of science is lightyears ahead of her peers doesn’t mean that she is not also dealing with teen drama.
If stories are supposed to give young people aspirations and show them just how far they can go, this show certainly does the job.
A big family of six find themselves transplanted from Seattle, Washington to Columbus, Georgia as they move to be closer to family. But the unexpected culture shock throws the delicate balance of their relationships and brings new trials.
There are plenty of laughs in this situational comedy, but it also looks at family values and what really matters in life.
Based on the Israeli TV series The Greenhouse, Netflix has adapted the story for an international audience. Eight months after losing their mother, a brother and sister find themselves in a private boarding school of the gifted.
The pair find themselves dealing with school politics and rivalry, but also investigating much more sinister crimes.
This animated TV series follows three teenagers that wake up in a room with no memories of who they are. As they emerge, they find themselves in a strange forested world that provides many obstacles on their journey to discover themselves, and home.
The series feels very much like a modern re-imaging of the classic cartoon Dungeons and Dragons.
The Last Kids on Earth
In another animated option, a group of teenagers has set themselves up in a decked-out treehouse. But life is not all fun and games, they are also living through a zombie apocalypse.
This might be The Walking Dead for youngsters, with less gruesome story lines, and the lined of fantasy maintained thanks to the use of animation.
The Letter for the King
Based on the Dutch novel, this is a coming of age drama set in a medieval fantasy world. An aspiring night volunteers for a perilous mission to deliver an important message to a foreign king. He must traverse strand lands that contain many unusual beasts.
The context provides plenty of room for action, while dealing with fundamental stories about finding yourself and overcoming fears.
Liv and Maddie
Starring tween favorite Dove Cameron, she stars both as Liv, an actress who has been away from home starring in TV series for four years, and Maddie, her twin sister that she left behind. When Liv returns home, she finds that everything has changed, or that she has changed.
The dual-nature of Cameron’s role adds some fun to the show which is all about remaining down to earth and remembering what is really important in life.
The New Legends of Monkey
This Antipodean TV show is based on a classic Japanese tale and follies a young monk, escorted by a group of gods, on a journey across an ancient and fantastical land now ruled by evil demons in order for her to complete an important mission.
A swashbuckling and magical adventure with young people showing just what kind of a difference they can make in the world.
No Good Nick
Siena Agudong stars as Nick, a teenage con artist that presents herself at the door of the Thompson family claiming to be an orphan, and that they are her closest living relatives. As the family makes her part of their lives, and she begins to wonder if she can go through with her plan.
This show is all about knowing what you are capable of in certain situations, and doing the right thing, even when it is hard.
This is another show that focuses on STEM, and of kinds of careers that young people can aspire to in the modern, scientific economy.
It follows a group of friends who work for a government organization that has mobilized a group of young, super-intelligent, female operatives to protect the world from some evil geniuses.
This comedy stars Bryana Salaz as a famous 19-year-old billionaire who receives community service after a brush with the las. She is set to lead the Wilderness Club in an inner-city middle school, something that she is entirely unprepared for.
But that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t have any knowledge and experience to share with the youngsters, and they have a lot to teach her too.
This popular TV show ran from 2010 to 2013 and starred Victoria Justice and Tori Vega, an aspiring singer who finds herself at a competitive performing arts school.
She makes friends, competes for parts, and learns what it really takes to make dreams come true. Fame for a modern tween audience.
The Worst Witch
Before there was Harry Potter, there was the Worst Witch, and this reimaging is based on the popular novels by Jill Murphy.
The show follows a group of misfit friends at a school for magic as they learn to cast spells, the importance of friendship, and occasionally save the magical world from evil sorcerers.
What To Watch Next?
If your teen watcher manages to exhaust all of these great shows, they might also be interested in the best teen romances currently available on Netflix or the latest installment in the To All the Boys movie series.