Dawson’s Creek is one of the best classic teen series ever made. The WB series is created by Kevin Williamson and it follows two childhood best friends Dawson (James Van Der Beek) and Joey (Katie Holmes), as they go through different stages of their teen life including relationships and friendships. Dawson’s Creek premiered in 1998 and it ran for brilliant six seasons, ending its run in 2003. So, if you like the series here are some similar shows you could watch next.
Freaks and Geeks (Prime Video, Hulu & Paramount+)
Synopsis: Growing up circa 1980, a misfit high-school student and his pals are probably destined to become new media millionaires, but right now they’re stuck in school, where all the girls are a foot taller and bullies terrorize the gym class. Meanwhile, his older sister is flirting with the dope-smoking bad boys, cutting classes and questioning the point of getting good grades.
Sex Education (Netflix)
Synopsis: Sex Education is a Netflix comedy-drama starring Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, and Emma Mackey. The show follows Otis Milburn, an awkward teenage virgin who channels the knowledge of his sex therapist mother to counsel his peers at school, with his classmate Maeve Wiley. The series was created by Laurie Nunn. It is directed by Ben Taylor; and by Kate Herron, Sophie Goodhart, Alice Seabright, and Runyararo Mapfumo.
One Tree Hill (Hulu & Max)
Synopsis: Aside from basketball, Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) have little in common — but the two young men share the same father, Dan (Paul Johansson). Arrogant, wealthy and assured, Nathan is the star of the high school basketball team. Quiet and driven, Lucas is a legendary player on the playground and the product of a working single mom, Karen (Moira Kelly). After growing up in opposite worlds in the same small town, the half-brothers find their lives colliding. In the middle of the crossroads is Peyton (Hilarie Burton), Nathan’s beautiful girlfriend who may have more in common with Lucas, and Lucas’ platonic best friend, Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti). Sophia Bush also stars as Brooke.
Friday Night Lights (Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu & Peacock)
Synopsis: A small Texas town has high expectations for its top-ranked football team. Expanding on the hit feature film “Friday Night Lights,” this poignant series centers on the small rural town of Dillon, Texas, where the coveted state football championship rings are held in the highest regard.
Never Have I Ever (Netflix)
Synopsis: Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars newcomer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations. Never Have I Ever is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as executive producer, showrunner and writer.
My So-Called Life (Hulu)
Synopsis: MSCL follows Angela Chase, a neurotic, touching and funny 15-year-old as she chronicles the ever-present trials and tribulations of adolescence. No matter the fixation, Angela finds extraordinary drama within ordinary situations as she navigates discovering who she is and where she belongs.
Synopsis: Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. When gentle Charlie and rugby-loving Nick meet at secondary school, they quickly discover that their unlikely friendship is blossoming into an unexpected romance. Charlie, Nick and their circle of friends must navigate the ever-relatable journey of self discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.
Felicity (Prime Video & Hulu)
Synopsis: A story about a wide eyed college freshman and the most exhilarating journey of all, self discovery. Felicity explores the excitement and uncertainty of living in New York City, a setting where anything goes and anything can happen.
The O.C. (Hulu & Max)
Synopsis: Outsider Ryan, quick-witted Seth, girls-next-door Summer and Marissa and more – all the characters you love (or sometimes love to hate) are here in episodes alive with laughs and drama, indie bands and Chrismukkah, and featuring real insights into teens and parents, what’s in and what matters, growing up and moving on. There’s nothing like a day at the beach. Catch every wave!
Beverly Hills, 90210 (Prime Video, Hulu & Paramount+)
Synopsis: The show focuses on the assimilation of a solid, value-oriented Midwestern family into an accelerated Beverly Hills lifestyle. The show explores the realities and myths of social classes in Beverly Hills while at the same time exposing the strains this lifestyle can put on family relationships.