15 best Netflix teen movies and shows for younger teens

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Netflix teen movies and shows for 13-15-year-olds

It should be universally acknowledged that Netflix is the best streaming platform for teen movies and shows. No other streaming network is consistently churning out content for the 13-18 year old age demographic like they are.

From YA adaptations to teen rom-coms, Netflix has the market cornered on where to go for the best content for teenagers not found on network television. Arguably, their the best place to find a diverse range of teen media period. Netflix teen shows and movies draw large audiences and often huge followings.

But, it must also be acknowledged that the streamer’s most popular teen content is more often than not rated MA. While that categorization can be based on the amount of adult language, drug/alcohol use, and blood/gore in a title like Fate: The Winx Saga, it can also be determined by sexual content and nudity in a title like Tiny Pretty Things.

Where does that leave 13-15-year-old Netflix users? Most likely not up a creek without a paddle as some of them are tuning into these shows anyway with or without their parents’ permission. However, it does makes it difficult for teens searching for content skewed more toward their age group. The same can be said for parents not comfortable with their 13 year old watching Riverdale but highly aware that Nickelodeon, Disney, and Cartoon Network are about to become staples of the past for their maturing child.

So, we’ve compiled a list of Netflix teen shows and movies suitable for younger teens. The list is comprised of sitcoms, dramas, romances, and coming-of-age stories. Some will deal with lighter topics while others cover issues that many teens deal with like peer pressure, inequality, discrimination, identity, grief, and relationship exploration (romantic and sexual).

While each show and movie selected was chosen based on its appropriateness for a younger teen audience, we acknowledge the definition of appropriate changes from household to household. As such we suggest utilizing sites like Common Sense Media and IMDb Parental Guide to make a final determination for yourself or your child.

Now, without further ado, here are 15 Netflix teen shows and movies for 13-15 year olds!

Teen movies on Netflix: 1. Work It

Quinn Ackerman dreams of going to Duke University just like her late father. It’s what she’s been working toward her whole academic career. So much so that she’s checked every overachiever box there is but there’s nothing that makes her stand out in a crowd, a point made by a Duke admissions officer.

Unwilling to give up, Quinn decides to join her school’s dance team, The Thunderbirds, but when she crashes and burns in the auditions, she takes it upon herself to start her own dance troupe.

Lacking in skill, Quinn enlists the help of her best friend Jasmine and together, along with former dance champion Jake Taylor, the pair whip their rag tag group of dancers into competition shape. In the process, Quinn not only allows herself to embrace dance as a means of expression but also learns to let herself have new dreams and aspirations.

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