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Teen Drama
aka: Pretty White Kids With Problems
Any show where the central focus is on teenagers, their angst, pimples, and/or clothes. Best describes shows like Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawsons Creek (or anything else on The WB or The CW, really). Most likely place to find the Very Special Episode.

The kind of show where everyone's too old and too short to be teenagers, they have to bring new people in, the men keep taking their shirts off, there are no more than two non-white main characters, the teens talk much more like adults than teenagers, and anyone over a specific age is bad news.

See also Kid Com which also features teenage protagonists and many of the same tropes, but generally in a far more light hearted manner. Young Adult fiction is the rough literary equivalent of the teen drama. Compare Soap Opera and Prime Time Soap.

When the lens is reversed to focus on the flaws of the kids' entire families, it's Stepford Suburbia.


Smitten Teenage GirlTeenage TropesTeen Genius
Tears of FearDrama TropesTeens Are Monsters
Supernatural Soap OperaShow GenresTwo-Fisted Tales
Malcolm in the MiddleKid ComMighty Morphin' Power Rangers
Supernatural Soap OperaFictionTwo-Fisted Tales

alternative title(s): Pretty White Kids With Problems
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