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Here Are 5 Worst American Teen Drama TV Show

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We’ve come to a point where TV Shows that feature teen drama is now extremely popular. Especially those that involve high school. Many TV Shows have been made into movies or Tv series. Some of them are good and some of them are not.

The US is obsessed with TV Shows related to teens and their high school drama. So many teen dramas are produced in just a year. And needless to say, due to the sheer volume, some of the shows don’t have a great premise. Some of them are sloppy and not realistic. And others are downright bad. They carry horrible messaging for teenagers who are watching the show.

Here is a list of horrible teen drama that you should never watch:

1. The Secret Life Of The American Teenager

This is a show that has been running since 2008 and features the life of a high school girl who gets pregnant. The lead character, Amy Juergens, is played by Shailene Woodley. She was only 16 years old when she started playing the character.

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The show got canceled in 2014. It featured bad acting and a stupid storyline. The show was about a girl who gets pregnant and decides to raise her baby and the decisions she has to make.

However, it has been criticized for not showing any consequences for the characters’ choices.
It also glamorizes teen pregnancy.

2. The O.C

This show ran from 2003-2007 and featured bad acting (except for Peter Gallagher who played Trey MacDougal). It has been referred to as one of the most boring shows in existence, with a predictable storyline.

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The show revolves around the Cohen family who has recently moved from New York City to Orange County so that they can run a business there while coping with their problems. This show has been criticized for lacking original teenage angst. Even though the cast of the show was very talented, they weren’t utilized by this show.

3. Skins US

Skins is an American teen drama based on the UK series of the same name. During the series, teenagers deal with the struggles of being amateur artists. The show wasn’t as popular with American viewers as it was in the UK.

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Because most of the actors were minors, it was accused of having child pornography and encouraging minors to drink alcohol. The film also contained some insensitive racy images, and some critics criticized the cast for their poor acting. As a result of the controversy, sponsors dropped the show, resulting in its cancellation after only 10 episodes.

4. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars (PLL) is another bad show that ran for a very long time. The show has many problematic aspects. We can begin with the obvious: Ezra, a grown man, is dating Aria. In addition to being a teenager, she was also his student.

At the time of their meeting, Aria was 16 and Ezra was 23. Because the consent age in Pennsylvania is 16, it’s not considered statutory rape, but if it were in another state it would be, and that’s not an ideal starting point for a relationship. After they hook up, both of them find out he is her English teacher.

It is absurd of Ezra to keep seeing Aria (and grading her work), rather than be a sensible, law-abiding adult and call the whole thing off. And then they get MARRIED. When you think about it, every adult in this series has dated a teenager at some point. And that is just the tip of this problematic iceberg.

5. 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why is based on the novel of the same name by Jay Asher. In the series, Hannah Baker records a box of cassette tapes before she commits suicide. As the tapes were passed from person to person, they gradually concluded why she committed suicide.

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The show had many problematic aspects even though it was one of the most talked-about shows on Twitter and one of the most popular shows in the US. Many mental health advocates have criticized the show for being too graphic and deviating from its source.

The show is also accused of glorifying self-harm and suicide. Besides that, In Hannah Baker, depression comes under the guise of quirky eccentricity. Suicide ideation in the show is not discussed in the same way as bullying, sexual assault, and poor decision-making practices, since mental illness also contributes to it. It was one of the show’s most glaring failures. It does not make discussions of mental illness and depression.