A Look at the Impact of TV’s Favorite Teens of Yesterday & Today
Ah, teen dramas. They shape our teenage years, make us yearn for our youth, and have brought forth countless numbers of TV heartthrobs to pine over. With the recent announcement of HBO Max’s new series Genera+ion, and the raging popularity of other teen dramas like Riverdale and the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot, it’s almost impossible to imagine the modern TV landscape without a heaping serving of teenage dramatics.
Don’t forget to respect your elders though! Before there was Euphoria, there were the intense U.K. hijinks of the Skins crew. Before the singing teens of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a group of oddball theater nerds joined forces with quarterbacks and cheerleaders in Glee. The list goes on and on, but one thing is for certain: Teen dramas have been a mainstay in television for years prior to 2021. As the years have passed, it’s interesting to note what classic shows paved the way for the teen groups that have come to dominate our screens since.
Calling all Upper East Siders and pretty little liars, here’s a look at some of TV’s favorite teens of the past and present.