The teen years are full of angst, heartbreak, and over-dramatizing the simplest of moments. These themes are carried over to almost every show made geared toward or featuring teenagers.
Over time, hundreds of shows have been made to highlight the plights of teens including favorites like Saved By The Bell and Beverly Hills 90210. For those of a younger generation, there was The Hills, and now Riverdalebrings Archie to life.
The teenage years provide the perfect backdrop for a series with a mix of humor, tragedy, happiness, and sadness. Almost every selection will feature ups and downs as teens wind their way through common and sometimes unusual circumstances.
- American Vandal
This is the perfect place to start for someone looking to binge a series highlighting the complicated, hilarious life and times of teens. Featuring a unique “mockumentary” format that leaves viewers unsure if the stories are fact or fiction, this series will provide hours of watching that will be impossible to turn off.
With two seasons available on Netflix, American Vandal will keep you entertained for hours. Each season follows the investigation of different, unusual high school pranks and visits some social justice issues like bias and socioeconomic status.
Some actors from “older” teen television make appearances on this show that brings the characters from Archie comics to life. Luke Perry and Mollie Ringwald may be familiar faces to those that were teens about 20 years ago.
While Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty all appear regularly in this CW original (seasons available on Netflix), the storyline takes a drastically darker turn than the comics ever did.
- Stranger Things
Okay, so this may be more of a pre-teen TV series, but it is certainly worth watching over the weekend. Perfectly set in the 1980s, this half fun, half sci-fi show keeps the plot moving while building depth in each character.
Only 17 episodes separate you from catching up on all the hype surrounding this show before the third season comes in the summer of 2019. If any part of you loved the humor and drama of E.T., you’ll love this show.
- The 100
A space station is orbiting Earth awaiting it to be inhabitable again and the powers that be decided to send 100 kids down to check things out. Most of them are considered delinquents by their leaders.
This action, adventure, and drama hybrid introduces an element of tribalism akin to Lord of the Fliesand is undoubtedly a binge-worthy option. What better teen show than one where teens rule the world?
- 13 Reasons Why
Many have heard of this series because of its controversial storyline. Following the suicide death of a teenager, a recording surfaces dictating why she decided to go through with it and whomay have been the cause.
This is absolutely a show to be binged, and you may not be able to turn it off even if you wanted to. Most of the social conversation surrounding the show has dissipated, but it’s never too late to catch up.
Keep Your Streaming Safe and Secure
Binge watching has been made much easier by the advent of portable devices like laptops, tablets, and phones that are capable of streaming anywhere. Many people will log in to their Netflix or Hulu account while waiting on a flight or enjoying a coffee at the local café.
Unfortunately, hackers are aware of this and try to take advantage of streamers connected to these unsecured public WiFi networks. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) to protect yourself in this scenario.
A VPN provides a layer of encryption to all data leaving and coming to your device. This can help to prevent a hacker from intercepting data or gaining control of your computer, tablet, or phone.
If you frequently stream over public networks or are concerned with home network security, a VPN is a great step toward cyber-safety. However, it is recommended that you avoid so-called free VPN apps.
A free VPN has several downsides and can leave you more vulnerable than not using one at all. First, many free VPN providers are offering it as a shell of their paid options. The performance is poor and is likely to provide a lousy streaming connection. It is better to get a free trial from a dependable provider, rather than taking risks with completely free ones.
Importantly, some free VPN providers will collect your web browsing data and provide it to third-parties for marketing purposes. This runs counter to the overall purpose of a VPN – privacy.
There are countless shows to binge-watch this weekend, next weekend, and every weekend to come. There is a teen show for you out there in almost every category, and streaming services let you watch episode after episode. Enjoy whatever suits your fancy safely by streaming on a VPN-secured device.