I love coming-of-age stories to pieces. My favorite movies, books and TV shows are all, basically, tales about teens and young adults growing up, finding themselves and figuring out how to navigate this great, big world of ours. There is just something really special about these stories, especially when you’re busy trying to figure out what it means to grow up, too! And yeah, that doesn’t stop when you turn 18-years-old, believe me. I’m still on that weird journey to adulthood, too, and I still don’t really know what the hell I’m doing.
So I guess there is a sense of comfort in witnessing fictional characters who also don’t know what the hell they’re doing. When it comes to TV shows, it’s a more involved journey than in film, because we don’t just get an hour and a half to watch our protagonist figure it out. Instead, we get episode, after episode, after episode of angst, romance and drama to cull through. And it’s really fun.
Some TV shows in this genre are definitely more popular than others. Here are 10 underrated coming-of-age TV shows that you should definitely check out ASAP.
Some GirlsOkay, the second season of Some Girls just started and I want to know why it isn't getting as much hype as it deserves! This show is funny, heartwarming and really relatable, yet it is still pretty underrated compared to some other British teen TV shows. Some Girls seriously needs some more love! Source: BBC
My So-Called LifeLike Freaks And Geeks, My So-Called Life has a lot more critical acclaim now than it did when it was on the air in the '90s. No matter if you're into melodramatic teen saga or can't stand them, at least watch the show for the fashion. Source: Fanpop
TainaCancelled despite its popularity, Taina was one of the few shows in the history of television that focused on the life of a Latina teen. It was just as good as other Nickelodeon and Disney shows of the early 2000s, but it feels like people have straight up forgotten that this show existed. Source: Fanpop
Being EveIf you live in the states, you might have caught this little known show on The N back in the early 2000s. Being Eve chronicles the life of a teenage girl in New Zealand and I remember it being super quirky and entertaining. Apparently, you can catch the entire show on Netflix, so now you have a perfect excuse not to get any work done tonight. Source: Tumblr
PopularWe all love when people with opposite social standings have to deal with each other. That's pretty much the entire plot of Popular because the two leading ladies'--a cheerleader and an outcast--parents get married. Source: After Ellen
State Of GraceSet in the '60s, State Of Grace is a forgotten gem that was underrated when it was on the air and is still underrated now. It was like the female version of The Wonder Years, but the main characters were a lot cooler. They were like the smart, rebellious chicks you wanted to hang out with in elementary school. Source: Tumblr
Beautiful PeopleBeautiful People is set in the mid-'90s and follows the life of gay teenager named Simon as he goes through some of his most formative moments, many of which involve his sexual identity. This show is pretty funny and really takes me back to my early childhood memories from the same period. And yes, there are plenty of Spice Girls references in this show, so it's a winner by default. Source: TVBites
Dead Like MeThis show is definitely not your average coming-of-age tale since our main protagonist is killed in the first episode in a freak accident involving a falling toilet. Yeah, a toilet. This dark dramady ended after two seasons, but it has garnered a pretty big cult following. Source: Fanpop
Freaks And GeeksSure, it's a cult classic now, but when it first aired, Freaks And Geeks wasn't popular enough to convince Fox to renew it for a second season. It's finally getting the love it deserved from the start, but I wish it got more love from the start. Source: Fanpop
South Of NowhereA show about teen girls who weren't straight? Whoa, stop the presses. But seriously, this show was a pretty big hit on The N when it aired in 2005, but despite the critical acclaim it has a pretty small bubble of fans compared to other teen dramas. This show also touched on issues of race, class and gender, too, without coming across as an After-School Special. Source:Fanpop
Which of these shows do you absolutely love? Do you hate any of them? Indifference is cool, too! Which coming-of-age shows do you think are underrated? Tell us in the comments!