Netflix has some of the best shows and movies streaming on its platform, and there's just no denying that. One of the genres that the streamer has a lot of content in is the teen genre. We've watched our fair share of teen content on Netflix, and we'd definitely say that the streaming platform has some good teen shows and movies. However, I'd say the teen shows on Netflix are better than the movies. But that's just my opinion.
If you've been browsing through Netflix's teen section, you might've found yourself overwhelmed since there's so much to choose from. No worries! We've got you covered and shared some teen show recommendations below. More specifically, we shared a list of seven quirky teen shows on Netflix that we strongly recommend you check out as well as some you should skip.
We absolutely must start with easily one of the quirkiest shows there is, Never Have I Ever.
Never Have I Ever
Watch! Inspired by Mindy Kaling's own childhood, Never Have I Ever follows the complicated life of an Indian-American teen girl named Devi Vishwakumar. After the sudden death of her father and a horrible freshman year, Devi just wants to reinvent herself and change her social status going forward. Willing to do whatever it takes to climb the social ladder, Devi comes up with an ever-evolving plan to achieve her goals. But she soon realizes that it's not an easy task juggling school, love, family, and friendships while also still navigating the loss of her dad.
Watch! Heartbreak High on Netflix is a reboot of the 1994 series of the same name. When a map detailing all of the sexual escapades at Hartley High is discovered, its author, Amerie, becomes an instant social pariah. After losing her best friend, Amerie then befriends two other outsiders who help her repair her reputation while she also navigates love, sex, and heartbreak.
Watch! Whenever I describe XO, Kitty to someone, I always say it's a cute, quirky teen show. It's a spin-off series to the hit To All the Boys film trilogy, and centers around the love life of the youngest Song Covey sister, Kitty.
Kitty is now on her own journey to find true love. After spending so much time apart, Kitty wants to be reunited with her long-distance boyfriend Dae, who lives in South Korea. Her opportunity comes when she receives a full scholarship to the prestigious boarding school where Dae attends. It's also the same school her late mother once attended.
So, Kitty packs her bags and travels across the country to Seoul to be reunited with Dae and to learn more about her mother. But after spending only a day in Seoul, she quickly realizes how complicated love and relationships can be.
That '90s Show
Skip! While I was happy that the popular sitcom That '70s Show would be getting a spin-off, I was greatly disappointed with how it turned out. I could barely make it through the first episode of That '90s Show because it was a complete cringe-fest. I wouldn't even call this show quirky. It's just embarrassing.
I mean, I wasn't expecting it to be an exact replica of That '70s Show, but it doesn't even give the same vibe. It's more like some of these new Disney Channel shows, which works for Disney but not for a series that's supposed to be a successor to an iconic show. Go ahead and skip right over this one!
Skip! Hear me out. I actually really enjoyed watching Everything Sucks!, and it definitely put the quirk in quirky, but the reason why I say you should skip over it is because it only has one season. Unfortunately, the teen series was canceled in 2018 because of low completion rates.
Set in the mid '90s in a town called Boring, Everything Sucks! follows the students in the A/V club and Drama club at Boring High School as they join forces to makes a movie together while also navigating the ups and downs of teenage life.
On My Block
Watch! A show following a group of smart yet street-savvy teens searching all over their neighborhood for a large sum of money that was hidden by gang members many years prior is definitely considered a quirky show in my opinion, and that's On My Block. All four seasons of the teen series are streaming now on Netflix.
Teenage Bounty Hunters
Skip! This is another show that I hate to say skip over because I enjoyed watching it, but it's not worth the watch since it only has one season. Sadly, the teen series was canceled in October 2020. While the reason for the show's cancellation is unknown, it's believed to have been canceled because of low viewership.
Here's the show's official synopsis via Netflix Media Center:
"Rebelling against their buttoned-up Southern community, sixteen-year-old fraternal twin sisters Sterling (Maddie Phillips) and Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) Wesley team up with veteran bounty hunter Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison) for an over-the-top adventure as they dive into the world of bail skipping baddies and suburban secrets while trying to navigate high school drama -- love, sex, and study hall. "
Watch! Imagine living your life safely under the radar for most of your high school experience, and then the one time you try to live a little, you wind up crossing over to the spirit world. That's what happens to Lana Condor's character Erika in Boo, Bitch on Netflix. During their senior year, Erika and her best friend Gia decide to make a last-ditch effort to live their best high school lives. This leads them on a wild night out. But what Erika wasn't expecting to happen to her was for her to wake up the next morning to find out she was a ghost.
Watch! In this heartwarming teen series, we follow Sam, a teenager on the autism spectrum who decides that he's ready to experience love for the first time and have a girlfriend. But in order to make this happen, he'll need to start being more independent. As expected, this throws his entire family for a loop as they try to adjust to this sudden change. Throughout four seasons, we watch as Sam and his sister Casey try to navigate dating, school, and typical teenage problems. Meanwhile, their parents are on their own paths of self-discovery.
Watch! A teen show about a socially awkward teen boy and his love interest starting an underground sex therapy clinic at their school to help students with their sexual problems is definitely considered quirky in my book. I mean, it doesn't get any quirkier than this. That's how Sex Education starts, and over four seasons, expect to be thoroughly entertained.
Will you be watching any of these quirky teen shows on Netflix?