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A teen drama is a television drama series that centers on teenage characters. The genre is relatively new, first appearing in the late 1980s. The shows are usually serial, starting when the characters are well into their teenage years (usually between 13 to 19 years of age) and if they have a long run, end when the characters are in their twenties. They typically deal with teen issues such as relationships, coming out, pregnancy, suicide, abortion, bereavement, child abuse, homelessness, male rape/date rape, alcohol addiction and drug abuse. For other uses, see Drama (disambiguation). ... Teen redirects here. ... For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ... Teenage pregnancy is defined as a teenage or underage girl, usually within the ages of 13-19, becoming pregnant. ... Teenage suicide is the self-killing of a teenager. ... Sad redirects here; for the three letter acronym, see SAD. Suffering is any unwanted condition and the corresponding negative emotion. ... Child abuse is the physical, psychological or sexual abuse or neglect of children. ... Bag lady redirects here. ... Male sexual assault and rape is a topic new to the research world. ... The title Date Rape is a very general term which has come to represent some very different situations. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Comparison of the perceived harm for various psychoactive drugs from a poll among medical psychiatrists specialized in addiction treatment[1] This article is an overview of the nontherapeutic use of alcohol and drugs of abuse. ...


Popular types of teen dramas

Teen dramas generally appeal to teen audiences. The most popular teen dramas are set in upper-class locales (ie. Beverly Hills 90210, The O.C., Gossip Girl), or if set in another type of town setting (ie. Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill), feature attractive actors whose cast members are in their late teens (age 15) at the youngest. Shows that depict teen life in a more realistic manner with a cast of actual teenagers tend not to do nearly as well. Notable examples include the critically acclaimed teen dramas My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks, as well as the less acclaimed Life As We Know It, A notable exception to this trend is the Canadian-produced Degrassi series. All three Degrassi shows (Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and Degrassi: The Next Generation) have been very successful in both Canada, the UK, and the United States. Beverly Hills 90210 was a popular primetime television soap opera that aired from October 1990 to May 2000 on the Fox Network in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... The O.C. was an American teen drama television series that originally aired on FOX in the United States , and in Canada On CTV Television Network from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. ... Gossip Girl is an American television teen drama based on the popular novel series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. ... For the city in British Columbia, see Dawson Creek, British Columbia. ... One Tree Hill is a teen television drama created by Mark Schwahn that premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB Television Network. ... For other uses, see My So-Called Life (disambiguation). ... Freaks and Geeks is an American television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 TV season. ... Life As We Know It is an American television drama on the ABC network during the 2004-2005 season. ... The Degrassi Series is a group of Canadian television shows and specials that followed the lives of a group of teenage individuals who lived on Degrassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Degrassi Junior High is a Canadian television teen drama series that was produced from 1987-1989 as part of the Degrassi series. ... Degrassi High was the third television show in the Degrassi series of teen dramas about the lives of a group of kids living on or near Degrassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian television series, which follows the lives of a group of high school students. ...


Most successful teen dramas are shown on youth-oriented stations such as Fox and The CW networks, while the less successful shows have historically been shown on the Big Three networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC). On cable television, most teen dramas can be found on such channels as Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, The N, MTV, Lifetime, SOAPNet and ABC Family. Syndications of teen dramas could be found on WGN America, ABC Family, and TVLand. The Fox Broadcasting Company is a television network in the United States. ... The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... This article is about the television network. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... This article is about the TV channel. ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... The-N is the nighttime block on Noggin for teens. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Lifetime Television is an American television network devoted to movies, sitcoms and dramas, all of which are either geared toward women or feature women in lead roles. ... SOAPnet (stylized from 2000 to 2002 as SoapNet) is an American cable television channel. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ...


In the UK, teen dramas were aimed at older children and teenagers. They were shown after school hours in special variety shows. Presenters would introduce them in between cartoons and other children's programs such as Grange Hill. The only exceptions is the teenage soap opera Hollyoaks, Skins and Sugar Rush all shown on Channel 4 and E4 with the Hollyoaks shown at 6:30 pm and Skins and Sugar Rush shown later at night and aimed at the older teenagers. For other uses, see Grange Hill (disambiguation). ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... Hollyoaks is a British television soap opera, first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on Channel 4. ... Skins is a BAFTA-winning British comedic teen drama from Company Pictures which premièred on E4 on January 25, 2007. ... This article is about the TV series based on the novel of the same name. ... This article is about the British television station. ... E4 is a British digital television channel launched as a pay-tv companion to Channel 4 on 18 January 2001. ... Hollyoaks is a British television soap opera, first broadcast on 23 October 1995, on Channel 4. ... Skins is a BAFTA-winning British comedic teen drama from Company Pictures which premièred on E4 on January 25, 2007. ... This article is about the TV series based on the novel of the same name. ...


History of teen dramas

The first teen-oriented dramas didn't call themselves by the actual name "teen drama." One of the earliest shows was the single season soap opera Never Too Young, which aired from 1965 to 1966. As the late 1960s and early 1970s progressed, younger viewers began to find relatable characters on more daytime soaps. In 1967, Love is a Many Splendored Thing premiered and quickly became a hit with teen audiences. It was soon followed by All My Children in 1970 and The Young and the Restless in 1973. Never Too Young was a teen soap opera that tooked place in Mailbu Beach, California. ... Love is a Many Splendored Thing was a soap opera which aired on CBS from September 18, 1967 to March 23, 1973. ... All My Children (AMC) is a popular American soap opera that has been broadcast Monday through Friday on the ABC TV network since January 5, 1970. ... The Young and the Restless (commonly abbreviated as Y&R) is a popular American television soap opera, first broadcast on CBS Daytime on March 26, 1973. ...


In primetime, various shows which centered on the whole family focused much of the attention on the adolescent characters. Such examples include Eight is Enough, Family, Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and the short-lived James at 15. As a result, young stars such as Willie Aames, Kristy MacNichol, and Melissa Gilbert became youth icons. PrimeTime is a television newsmagazine from ABC News. ... Eight Is Enough was an American television comedy-drama series which ran on ABC from March 15, 1977 until August 29, 1981. ... The cast of Family. ... Little House On The Prairie was an American one-hour dramatic television program that aired on the NBC network from September 11, 1974 to March 21, 1983. ... For other uses, see The Waltons (disambiguation). ... James at 15 was a United States television drama that aired on NBC in the 1977-1978 season. ... Willie Aames (born Albert William Upton July 15, 1960 in Orange County, California, USA) is an actor best known for the roles of Buddy Lembeck on Charles in Charge, Tommy Bradford on Eight is Enough and the voice of Hank on Dungeons & Dragons, the cartoon. ... Kristy McNichol (born Christina Ann McNichol on September 11, 1962) is an American actress, most known for her role as Letitia Buddy Lawrence on the drama Family, which she played from 1976 to 1980. ... Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress, writer and producer, primarily in movies and television. ...


One of the original teen dramas, Degrassi Junior High and later Degrassi High became very popular in both Canada and the US while airing on PBS in the late 80's and early 90's. Several years after the premiere of Degressi, Aaron Spelling created Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1990. The stars of “90210” became instantly popular with young audiences, most notably actors Luke Perry and Jason Priestley and the show became a phenomenon, becoming the #1 show among teen girls in the early 90s. The show remained popular throughout the first half of the 1990s, and remained on the air until 2000. Degrassi Junior High is a Canadian television teen drama series that was produced from 1987-1989 as part of the Degrassi series. ... Degrassi High was the third television show in the Degrassi series of teen dramas about the lives of a group of kids living on or near Degrassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Beverly Hills, 90210 was a popular primetime television drama series that aired from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, on FOX in the United States and subsequently on various networks around the world. ... // Luke Perry (born Coy Luther Perry III on October 11, 1966)[1] is an American actor. ... Jason Priestley (born August 28, 1969) is a naturalized American actor and film director. ...


The next teen drama to make it on the air was My So-Called Life on ABC in 1994. My-So Called Life although critically acclaimed, was not a success in ratings and was cancelled after its first season. One reason for the show's low ratings was its placement in the 8:00pm timeslot on Thursday, sharing a timeslot with NBC's Friends, which also premiered in 1994. My-So Called Life did however launch the careers of young actors Claire Danes and Jared Leto. For other uses, see My So-Called Life (disambiguation). ... This article is about the television show. ... Claire Catherine Danes (born on April 12, 1979) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated American film, television, and theater actress. ... Jared Joseph Leto (born December 26, 1971) is an American actor and musician. ...


Fox’s Party of Five, which premiered in 1994, became an instant hit with teenage audiences. Stars Matthew Fox and Scott Wolf became heartthrobs, and it also launched the careers of Jennifer Love Hewitt, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert. Party of Five is an American dramatic television series that premiered on FOX Network, September 12, 1994 and ended on May 3, 2000 after six seasons. ... Matthew Fox (born July 14, 1966) is an actor and former model. ... Scott Wolf on Everwood Scott Richard Wolf (born June 4, 1968) is an American actor. ... Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. ... Neve Adrianne Campbell (born October 3, 1973) is a Canadian actress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The creation of the teen-targeting The WB network in 1995 helped to launch a whole new era for teen dramas. Within three years, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Felicity, and Dawson's Creek were premiered, soon acquiring large teenage fan bases. The family drama 7th Heaven also became popular among teenagers. Dawson’s Creek was considered by many to be the “heir apparent” to Beverly Hills, 90210. The WB Television Network is a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... Felicity is a Golden Globe-winning American primetime television drama produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB network. ... For the city in British Columbia, see Dawson Creek, British Columbia. ... This article is about the TV program. ...


Over the next few years, The WB’s Everwood and Gilmore Girls became popular with teenage audiences. Smallville is another example of a WB show that is a successful teen drama, because although it is supposed to be a sci-fi show based on Clark Kent's years before becoming the Superman of today, it focuses on him as a teenager, and many of the stories revolve around teenage relationships between the characters. Degrassi: The Next Generation also began to have a growing fan base in the United States. However, NBC’s critically acclaimed Freaks and Geeks did poorly, despite its cult following, and was cancelled after less than a season due to low ratings. Many believe these were the result of the show's constant movement of poor timeslots, little promotion, and its realistic view of teen life. Everwood is a prime time television drama which initially aired in the United States on The WB. The series is set in the fictional small town of Everwood, Colorado. ... Gilmore Girls is a long-running, Emmy Award winning, and Golden Globe nominated American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ... Smallville is an American television series created by writer/producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, and was initially broadcast by The WB. After its fifth season, the WB and UPN merged to form The CW, which is the current broadcaster for the show in the United States. ... Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian television series, which follows the lives of a group of high school students. ... Freaks and Geeks is an American television series, created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 TV season. ...


By 2003, a whole new set of teen dramas sought fan bases. That year, both Dawson’s Creek and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer ended their runs. That fall, The O.C. premiered on Fox and One Tree Hill premiered on The WB. The former became a hit among teens very quickly, while the latter started rather slowly, but has outlasted the former, returning for a fifth season in January 2008. Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... For other uses, see Buffy the Vampire Slayer (disambiguation). ... The O.C. was an American teen drama television series that originally aired on FOX in the United States , and in Canada On CTV Television Network from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. ... One Tree Hill is a teen television drama created by Mark Schwahn that premiered on September 23, 2003 on The WB Television Network. ...


The O.C.'s avid popularity inspired the MTV reality show Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Laguna was structured as an "unscripted" serial drama, akin to The O.C. The show is very popular among teenagers as well. Its fan club group on MySpace is the second-largest group on the site, with over 100,000 members. Simultaneously, The OC's popularity (similar to that of 90210 and Dawson's) came to an abrupt halt and the show was cancelled in January 2007. Laguna is simultaneously still on the air with a spin-off of its own, The Hills. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... The Real Housewives of Orange County is a reality television program on the Bravo network. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... The O.C. ( stands for Orange County) is an American television drama/soap opera program broadcast on the Fox Network. ...


Currently, teen drama are experiencing a major backlash in spite of the lack of money and resources that are needed to make such shows. Today, teenagers are known to watch shows similar to young adults that are in their twenty and thirty-somethings. Many shows that are popular for adults such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Idol, Americas Next Top Model and CSI are very popular with teenagers, especially the male gender. Many teenagers enjoy reality shows, sitcoms, soap operas, game shows, movies, talk shows, variety shows, and cartoons. Fox is now the most popular channel watched on network television for teenagers and ABC Family is the most popular on cable.[citation needed] A young adult is an informal term used to describe the transition from teenager to adult. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... American Idol is an American reality-competition show airing on Fox. ... CSI is a three-letter abbreviation that may stand for: Crime scene investigator Container Security Initiative California Solar Initiative Country Specific Information, Bulletins issued by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs[1] // CSI franchise CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, a popular television series about Las Vegas forensic... Reality television is a genre of television programming in which the fortunes of real life people (as opposed to fictional characters played by actors) are followed. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... A game show is a radio or television program involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits. ... Cartoons started in the 1930s and 40s. ...


See also

The teen film (also called teen movie or teenpic) is a film genre in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. ... A list of Teen films. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Teen pop (also known in its vernacular sense as Disney pop) is a teenybopper subculture heavily influenced by Teen pop music which is socially considered exclusively consumed by preteens and teenagers. ... Bubblegum pop (also known as bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music whose classical period ran from 1967 to 1972. ... Pop rap (or hip pop) is a pop music influenced style of hip hop that contains pop-influenced melodic hooks and pop influenced melodies. ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... Teen magazines are magazines aimed at teenage readers. ... The teen film (also called teen movie or teenpic) is a film genre in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. ... Teen Vogue magazine began as a version of Vogue magazine for a younger audience. ... Not Another Teen Movie is a USA comedy film released in 2001 by Columbia Pictures. ... The Teen Choice Awards is an awards show presented annually by FOX (United States) and Global TV (Canada). ... The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards or also known as the KCAs is an annual awards show, always aired live and usually held in late March or early April, that honors the years biggest television, movie and music acts, as voted by the people (mostly kids) who watch the... Disney redirects here. ... Jive Records is an American record label, owned by Sony BMG, and operates as a quarter of the Zomba Label Group. ... Hollywood Records is a record label owned by Disney Music Group. ... Teen fashion franchise with stores in Australia and New Zealand. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ...

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