Sure, nothing beats your favourite show, but these fantastic teen dramas definitely come close. Check them out!
If there’s one teen drama that portrays the various trials of growing up in a tell-me-a-good-story way, it’s ‘One Tree Hill‘ the show has it all: family drama, sibling rivalry, love, high school, and basketball. Running for nine seasons between 2003 and 2012, it told the story of half-brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott who are competing for a position on the same basketball team and follows their lives, love, and friendships.
If you loved ‘One Tree Hill’ and are looking for shows that offer something similar, here’s a list of five teen dramas you’ll love.
- If you want teenage drama with a dash of mystery in it, this one’s for you
- This is a cult classic teenage drama, and it has vampires in it!
‘Pretty Little Liars’
‘Pretty Little Liars’ has the same sort of young adult feel that ‘One Tree Hill’ has, especially in terms of relationships between characters, except that this show has a little bit more: murder and mystery.
It takes place in a sleepy town and follows a group of girls who mysteriously start receiving threatening text messages from someone called “A” after their friend Alison dies. Apart from the mystery element, there is plenty of high-end drama happening in the differing lives of these very different characters.
‘Friday Night Lights’
A major element in ‘One Tree Hill’ was the role basketball played in the lives of the lead characters, initially becoming the source of rivalry and then the reason for their bonding. ‘Friday Night Lights’ has much the same appeal in that sense.
About a group of high school teens with a passion for football, ‘Friday Night Lights’ tackled quintessential teenage issues uniquely by making the sport the central focus of the show. It also focused on personal values, raising moral questions in the show about individual ambitions and dreams, and whether you are willing to give everything you have and then some to get what you want.
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The title may suggest the show bends towards the frivolous and flimsy, but ‘Gossip Girl‘ gets quite serious quite quickly. It is a delicious take on the dramatic lives of spoilt rich kids and delves deep into how hard growing up can actually be.
While it has all the drama that you love about ‘One Tree Hill’, it even has a fair amount of mystery to get you absolutely hooked to the show.
‘Beverley Hills 90210’
No, not the new one. We’re talking of the cult old teenage drama that was the inspiration for the reboot.
This olden, golden show is about eight friends who live in the posh Beverley Hills area and attend the high school there. Being beautiful and wealthy doesn’t immunise you from having serious growing up troubles, and ‘Beverley Hills 90210’ focused on some very real, very serious teenage problems indeed. But the show did this in a healthy and sympathetic way, dealing with issues ranging from drug abuse to date rape to AIDS and suicide very deftly.
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was a teen drama with a supernatural element that opened doors for other teen dramas of the same kind (such as ‘The Vampire Diaries’). Following the adventures of Buffy Summers, a spunky and wilful vampire slayer, the series took on typical teenage issues and gave them an added paranormal twist.
In parts funny, thrilling, and suspenseful, this show is for you if want the drama that ‘One Tree Hill’ has, but with a flavour of supernatural elements.
If ‘One Tree Hill’ was your all-time stop for teen drama, you’ll love these 5 shows we’ve picked out
Have you seen any of these shows? Are there others you think may be similar to ‘One Tree Hill’? Let us know in the comments section below!