The Era of the Teen Drama (Part 1)

Picking a good television show to binge watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or even ordering a DVD boxed set (we’re all guilty of it), everything. You know ten minutes in if you’re going to like it or not enough to fully make the commitment. Most binge watching begins and ends with none other than the teen drama.

This concept of the teen drama is not a foreign one, and there is something about teens with insane, over-dramatic lives that has everyone hooked.

It all started in 1990, when the first show to ever be classified as a teen drama was put into our hearts and television screens. That is Beverley Hills 90210. The show ran from 1990 to 2000, and it followed a group of friends, living in Beverley Hills and making the transition from high school, to college, and even adulthood. Of course there was a maximum amount of drama. Between friends dating friends (and breaking up), drugs, alcohol, jobs across the world, there was nothing that couldn’t keep its viewers hooked into the lives of these teens.

The next show that came about was basically set up to live onto the teen drama name (or fame.) That show is none other than Dawson’s Creek. Dawson’s Creek is a show that if you are a tv show/ teen drama junky, you must have it under your belt.

It starts out as a classic coming of age, two best friends in high school, trying to make the transition from best friends to lovers, without it being awkward. However, there are major twists and turns, the girl next-door who without intention mixes up the love interests, and the other boy friend who is just trying to find himself but actually finds love.

Dawson’s Creek has pretty much everything you want in a teen drama. Even though it is a few years old by now, and can seem a little dated, it is just like the ones from current time that we tv junkies love, (One Tree Hill, and Gossip Girl, to name a few.) There are long drawn out love speeches from your favorite characters, you trying to figure out if you are team Dawson, or team Pacy, and of course the dramatic music that makes you cry and when it comes on shuffle, you automatically think back to that scene.

So what is it that has everyone hooked on the teen drama? Well for starters, those two shows really brought it into the world and people have been hooked ever since. Whether it be because you wish you had those lives when you were their age, or you simply love the audacity of the teen’s lives, there is something about the teen drama that lives on, and keeps people wanting more.

The list doesn’t end with those two, it started with them (thankfully,) but was continued by other shows, along the way. It seems as though each one paves the way for the next and maybe that is why they are so successful. Simply because they take a little piece of you with each high school, and each set of characters, that they follow.

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Taylor Ahern

Hi my name is Taylor Ahern. I am a student at Wagner College studying English. I love to write about pop culture and what I think the younger generation is very interested in. I love tv and it is my dream to eventually write a show or even a movie one day. I hope my articles keep you interested (: