Veronica Mars might be my first teen drama show obsession. Back in Fall of 2005, I started watching Veronica Mars. 24 hours later, I had watched all 23 episodes we had. I even went to class in there and slept for 1 hour. Dave had watched Veronica Mars over the summer and I complained that he'd watch it versus IM with me on his lunch break. Well then I understood why. I loved that show. I would dream about it too. I can't even believe the show only lasted 3 seasons. I would watch it again if it was on Netflix streaming. It has an IMDB rating of 8.2. At least Netflix is smart enough to guess I would rate it at a 4.4 when the average rating is 4.2. I'm very much excited about the movie. I watched the second season twice because I borrowed the DVD before Season 3 started. I liked the special features on the DVD and thought that might entice me to buy seasons on DVD but I never actually did.IMDB rating is 7.4/10 and the Netflix rating is a 4/5. I watched Seasons 1-8 twice. I only didn't watch Season 9 a second time because it wasn't on Netflix at the time. I watched the series for the second time the last week of June this year. I liked the show a lot better when they were still in high school. I did like how they had 2 seasons = 1 year in high school so they could remain in high school longer. I thought more shows should have tried that. So many shows are awesome in high school and then they go off to college and they fall apart. I was a bit intrigued with this show having a jump instead of following them at college. That was a little weird but I thought better than having them go separate ways or having them mysteriously all go to the same college. All of the main characters got a little bit too successful but I still loved the show because of the earlier seasons.
The O.C. was a show I started watching shortly after we moved into our house. I never watched any of it when it was on TV. Dave would come downstairs and watch me watching it but then he started to stick around. Then I had to watch it with him. It was the only one besides Veronica Mars that I can remember him watching. IMDB gives it a 7.2/10. Netflix guesses I'd rate it at a 4.7 while the average score is 3.7. (On a side note, it annoys me that Netflix will guess a rating for me to the decimal place but I can only rate shows to the whole number.) I wish The O.C was available to stream on Netflix because I'd like to watch it again. There is so much I forget.
Hellcats is a show I started watching just because it was on the CW. Because of Veronica Mars and then One Tree Hill, I kept trying to watch all shows on the CW. I really did like it. It only has a 6.2 on IMDB. It probably wasn't the best but I could have seen it being awesome. I watched this as it was on versus on Netflix later.
Friday Night Lights was a show I started watching with Dave. He thought it'd be more about football and stopped watching. That is the only show that every single episode would have me in tears. I'm really sad it got cancelled. I felt like there were too many loose ends. I found it interesting how they handled it with the writers strike. They didn't get to write about so many things so then they just pretended they had happened when the next season started. The only thing I remember off the top of my head is the one guy getting injured.
Dawson's Creek was recommended by a friend. I watched all 6 seasons in a week in September. I got very little sleep. I was never rooting for Dawson during any of it. It's so weird watching people make plans by using a real phone or by picking a designated spot in advance. Once they went off to college, they had cell phones. I still found it odd that Joey ran with a cell phone in her running shorts and that was in the opening credits so I saw it every episode.
The Lying Game is a show I started watching on Netflix then continued to watch weekly. I tape many shows each week and I would watch this show every time it was on. The IMDB rating is 6.9/10. There is no way it should be that low. I love this show. I gave it a 5/5 on Netflix. The average on Netflix is 4.3. So far there have been 2 seasons or maybe it's 1.5. I can't really tell how their seasons work. I really hope there are more. I started watching the Lying Game after having watched a few other series on ABC Family. The Lying Game involves adopted twins that were separated at birth. There are so many twists to the story. Some might be a bit over the top but not too much. I still love it.
Make It or Break It was one of the first few series I watched on Netflix. I started it because it was on ABC Family. I am surprised how much I liked it especially considering the girls weren't actually gymnasts and doubles did all that work. As the years went on the main characters got a bit heavier and clearly weren't built like Olympic gymnasts anymore.
Greek was another ABC Family show. I can't remember if I watched it before or after Make it or Break it. I really liked it. I enjoyed it more that after the season was over, I went online and they had an extra 2 minute clip that kind of showed what happened to the main characters after the season ended. It was about a few years later. I enjoyed this college series a lot.
Switched at Birth was started on Netflix because I watched quite a few ABC Family shows and liked them all. I record it as episodes air now. I'm not sure where the story line can go. It's not so much focused on the switching at birth anymore so we will see how that goes. I often watch this as it aired instead of collecting a 5 or so to watch. IMDB gives it a 7.6/10 and Netflix gives it a 4.2/5. It's harder to do other stuff and watch this show because you have to be constantly watching the screen with all the sign language going on.
IMDB has it at a 7.8/10. The show focuses more on class and dancing than normal teen dramas that focus on sex. I started another Australian teen drama, Blue Water High, after this but then stopped after the 2nd episode. Maybe I'll jump back to it later.
Glee has been on for ages. I'm not sure how much of a teen drama it is but it is about teens so I included it. I used to love the show but lately I'm not even that motivated to finish and episode I start watching. Dave even quit watching it after last season.
The Secret Life of an American Teenager is a show I started and got 3 minutes in and stopped but then a few weeks later I started it over again. I record it weekly now too. I might only be 2 episodes behind. I'm not sure but I think I hate the show but then I keep watching it so I guess I don't. I know I don't like Amy and I like Ricky. I'm not sure if that's how they want it to be or not. I think I might keep watching because I want something awful to happen to her.
Jane by Design was pretty cool but it only had 1 season. I really wanted more.
18 to Life was another half hour show. The main characters were 18 when they got married so I counted it in teen dramas but it wasn't so much of a teen drama as an annoying show with teens. It was set in Canada but it took me until about halfway through the first season to even realize it wasn't in the US. It lasted 2 seasons. I was actually surprised it lasted that long but then at the same time I really wanted to know what happened next. IMDB gives it a 6.5/10. I watched it a few months ago and would probably give it a 2 or 3 (out of 5) based on what I remember about it. Netflix guesses that I would give it 3.9 and the average rating is 3.7 stars.
What teen dramas do you like? Which ones do you hate? Did you watch any that I haven't included here? I wonder if I watched some that I forgot to include.
Overall I think Veronica Mars, One Tree Hill (earlier seasons), Dance Academy, The Lying Game, and Green were my favorites.