Best TV Shows for Young Adults

by annaboland | created - 31 Jul 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

From crime series to medical dramas, always with a twist of romance involved and a bit of laughter.

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1. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

Votes: 101,388

Category : Drama,Romance and Comedy

2. The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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A young teen struggles to make a decision between two vampire brothers and their supernatural lives. Soon after she discovers the truth her whole world turns upside down.

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

Votes: 245,672

Category : Supernatural , Drama, Romance and Comedy

3. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 127,182

Category : Crime ,Romance and Comedy

4. Rizzoli & Isles (2010–2016)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Detective Jane Rizzoli and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Maura Isles team up to solve crimes in Boston.

Stars: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

Votes: 26,082

Category : Crime and Comedy

5. The Lying Game (2011–2013)

44 min | Drama, Mystery

7.4
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The Lying Game follows long-lost twins Emma and Sutton. Separated under mysterious circumstances, Sutton was adopted... by the wealthy Mercer family in Phoenix, while Emma grew up in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexandra Chando, Andy Buckley, Allie Gonino, Alice Greczyn

Votes: 17,002

Category : Drama and Romance

6. 90210 (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.1
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A Kansas family relocates to Beverly Hills, where their two children adapt to the infamous social drama of West Beverly Hills High.

Stars: Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Mack Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord, Jessica Stroup

Votes: 38,699

Category : Drama,Romance and Comedy

7. Switched at Birth (2011–2017)

60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.8
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Two teenage girls' lives are turned upside down when they find out they were switched at birth.

Stars: Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D.W. Moffett

Votes: 20,812

Category : Drama and Romance

8. Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.6
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Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend.

Stars: Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

Votes: 133,621

Category : Drama, Thriller and Romance

9. The Fosters (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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Teenager Callie Jacob is placed in a foster home with a lesbian couple and their blend of biological, adoptive, and foster children.

Stars: Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Sherri Saum, Hayden Byerly

Votes: 19,962

Category : Drama and Romance

10. Drop Dead Diva (2009–2014)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A vapid aspiring model killed in a car crash gets brought back to life as an intelligent, overweight lawyer, hoping to find the meaning of inner beauty.

Stars: Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, Kate Levering, April Bowlby

Votes: 16,036

Category : Romance and Comedy

11. The Client List (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama

6.7
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Riley is a single mother living in a small Texas town and leading a shocking double life.

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Loretta Devine, Colin Egglesfield, Cybill Shepherd

Votes: 9,141

Category : Drama and Romance

12. Teen Wolf (2011–2017)

TV-14 | 41 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it.

Stars: Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O'Brien, Linden Ashby

Votes: 106,578

Category : Sci-Fiction, Drama and Romance

13. Hart of Dixie (2011–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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New Yorker and new doctor Zoe Hart accepts an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work in his medical practice in Bluebell, Alabama. She arrives to find he has died and left half the practice to her in his will.

Stars: Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams, Wilson Bethel

Votes: 38,358

Category :Romance and Comedy

14. Twisted (2013–2014)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A teen with a troubled past reconnects with his two female best friends from childhood. He becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is surprisingly found dead in her home.

Stars: Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson, Ashton Moio, Kimberly Quinn

Votes: 8,518

Category : Thriller, romance and drama

15. The Big C (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A suburban mother faces her cancer diagnosis while trying to find humor and happiness as well.

Stars: Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 12,849

Category : Comedy over looking death

16. The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

5.1
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After an unplanned pregnancy, teenager Amy Juergens's life will never be the same, as she deals with other teenagers around her.

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Molly Ringwald, India Eisley, Mark Derwin

Votes: 18,120

Category : Drama,Romance and Comedy

17. Body of Proof (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Medical examiner Megan Hunt's unique approach to solving crimes puts her at odds with her superiors.

Stars: Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Windell Middlebrooks

Votes: 13,053

Category : Crime

18. Life Unexpected (2010–2011)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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After 15 years in foster homes, Lux decides to get emancipated, which leads to her meeting her birth parents.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Britt Robertson, Kerr Smith

Votes: 12,554

Category : Drama,Romance and Comedy

19. Mistresses (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.1
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Follows the scandalous lives of a group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery as they brave the turbulent journey together.

Stars: Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim

Votes: 11,394

Category : Romance and Drama

20. The Carrie Diaries (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 42 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Carrie Bradshaw is in her junior year of high school in the early 1980s. She asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while navigating the worlds of high school and Manhattan.

Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Ellen Wong, Katie Findlay

Votes: 23,506

Category : Teen Drama and Romance

21. Jane by Design (2012)

44 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A case of mistaken identity has a dateless high school outsider living a double life as a twenty-something career girl in the fashion world.

Stars: Nick Roux, Rowly Dennis, David Clayton Rogers, Matthew Atkinson

Votes: 9,459

Category : Drama and Comedy

22. Star-Crossed (2014)

60 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.4
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About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp.

Stars: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon, Greg Finley

Votes: 15,231

Category : Sci-fi, Action and Romance

23. Gossip Girl (2007–2012)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York can hide no secret from the ruthless blogger who is always watching.

Stars: Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Ed Westwick

Votes: 129,473

Category: Drama and Romance

24. The Originals (2013– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.3
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A family of power-hungry thousand year old vampires look to take back the city that they built and dominate all those who have done them wrong.

Stars: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Phoebe Tonkin

Votes: 92,031

Category: Supernatural,Drama and Romance

25. Jane the Virgin (2014– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

7.8
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A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas, Justin Baldoni

Votes: 22,100

Category: Comedy, Romance and Drama

26. Witches of East End (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.6
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Centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters, both of whom unknowingly are their family's next generation of witches, who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day ... See full summary »

Stars: Julia Ormond, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rachel Boston, Mädchen Amick

Votes: 21,337

Category: Supernatural, Romance and Drama

27. Grey's Anatomy (2005– )

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Stars: Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Ellen Pompeo

Votes: 187,951

Category : Medical Drama with Romance

28. Finding Carter (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama

7.7
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A teenager finds out she was abducted as a toddler and returns to her biological family.

Stars: Kathryn Prescott, Cynthia Watros, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Alex Saxon

Votes: 6,060

Category : Teen Drama and Romance, and Crime

29. Scandal (2012– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Stars: Kerry Washington, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, Joshua Malina

Votes: 59,431

Category : Political Drama with Romance

30. How to Get Away with Murder (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.

Stars: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 87,527

Category: Legal Drama

31. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 230,496

Category: Criminal Drama with Romance

32. Quantico (2015– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A look at the lives of young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base in Virginia when one of them is suspected of being a sleeper terrorist.

Stars: Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Johanna Braddy, Aunjanue Ellis

Votes: 43,939

Category : Crime and Romance

33. Riverdale (2016– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

Stars: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse

Votes: 48,639

Category : Crime and Romance