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15 TV Shows to Watch with Your Teen

April 02, 2021

This line up of comedies, dramas and reality shows will give you plenty to talk about.


As the parent of a teenager, I know that finding a TV series that appeals to adults and kids alike can be as hard as finding Waldo. My daughter still loves to snuggle on the sofa with me to binge watch a show. But she favors high school dramas and isn't old enough for most of the series I want to watch.


I've compiled a list of show we have enjoyed together, from retro sitcoms to sci-fi thrillers on Cox Contour. So choose your favorite snacks, put your feet up on the sofa and savor some great entertainment — and bonding time — with your teen.


1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Where to Watch: HBO Max

Starring the a young Will Smith, this hilarious sitcom from the '90s is about a Black teenager who is sent to live with wealthy relatives in their Bel-Air mansion. In between all the humor, this feel-good show addresses serious issues ranging from racism to parental neglect.


2. Friends

Where to Watch: HBO Max

The iconic '90s sitcom follows a group of six friends on their journey through life's ups and downs in New York City. It's fun to watch and is easily relatable for teens.


3. The Next Step

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Younger teens and tweens who love dance and a whole lot of drama will enjoy this Canadian mockumentary. It follows a group of high school dancers on their quest to win regional and national dance competitions. While "The Next Step" is aimed at kids, it makes for easy viewing for grownups, too.


4. The Resident

Where to Watch: Fox

The Resident stars heartthrob Matt Czuchry ("Gilmore Girls," "The Good Wife") as the brilliant but unconventional Dr. Conrad Hawkins. Centering on life at the fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, the medical drama addresses the challenges of the U.S. healthcare system. Warning: The graphic scenes in the operating room are not for the squeamish.


5. Stranger Things

Where to Watch: Netflix

Set in a quiet town in Indiana in the '80s, this creepy sci-fi thriller is about a boy who mysteriously vanishes and what follows when his friends and family try to find him. This Netflix original series is filled with suspense and jump scares that will keep you and your teen on the edge of the couch.


6. A Series of Unfortunate Events

Where to Watch: Amazon Video

Weird, wacky and surprisingly addictive, A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on a hugely popular book series by Lemony Snicket. This dark comedy follows three unlucky siblings, known as the Baudelaire orphans, as they try to escape the clutches of evil Count Olaf, played by Neil Patrick Harris.


7. Lip Synch Battle

Where to Watch: Cox On Demand

Watch celebrities as they try to outdo each other in a comical lip-synch battle, judged by the audience, on this surprisingly entertaining TV game show hosted by LL Cool J.


8. Merlin

Where to Watch: Netflix

Packed full of action and adventure, this superb British fantasy-drama about King Arthur and his wizard Merlin is sure to keep you hooked. This is a series to watch with tweens and younger teens who love magic and make-believe.


9. Schitt's Creek

Where to Watch: Netflix

This Emmy-winning, Canadian sitcom is one of our favorites. It's about a wealthy couple who lose their fortune and end up having to move into a rundown motel in Schitt's Creek, a rural town they bought as a joke. The series follows their antics with their spoiled, grownup kids as they try to adjust to their new life.


10. Black-ish

Where to Watch: Cox on Demand

Black-ish follows an affluent, Black family living in a predominantly white neighborhood in Los Angeles. Worried the kids are losing touch with their culture, the father tries to reestablish their sense of identity with often hilarious results.


11. The Office

Where to Watch: Peacock

Set in a fictional paper supply company in Scranton, Pa., this fly-on-the-wall mockumentary centers on daily life in an office in modern America. The Office follows the comical exploits of eccentric boss Steve Carell and his employees.


12. Sugar Rush

Where to Watch: Netflix

Who doesn't love a good baking show? Sugar Rush is a reality competition will leave you and your teen hungry for more. Watch contestant duos battle it out in a race against the clock to see who can come up with the most spectacular sweet treats.


13. Cobra Kai

Where to Watch: YouTube

The hit martial arts comedy-drama Cobra Kai is a spin-off from the "Karate Kid" films. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles as Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in this action-packed series that has plenty of nostalgic appeal for adults and just enough drama for teens.


14. The Gilmore Girls

Where to Watch: Netflix

Watching Gilmore Girls is like comfort eating without the calories. This heart-warming comedy-drama series, set in a charming town in Connecticut, will have you glued to the screen. It centers on single mom Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory, delving into family relationships, friendships and romance.


15. Good Witch

Where to Watch: Netflix

Good Witch is a fantasy-drama that's just right to watch with younger teens. It follows the lives of the residents of Middleton, including an enchantress and her teenage daughter who live in a haunted mansion.


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