my supposed life
This show has all the stereotypical teen characters. Angela is a distraught teenager in love with the beautiful Jordan Catalano that she doesn’t even know exists. Angela has grown estranged from her childhood best friend. Angela flocks to rebel with Rayanne Graff and Rickie, the first openly gay teen on TV. Oh, and you can’t forget Angela’s nerdy and annoying neighbor Brian, who you can’t help but love. Although the show only lasted for one season and 19 episodes, it is what this show accomplished in the short amount of time that makes it memorable.

weird and nerdy
If you have never seen this show, I recommend you watch it on Netflix as soon as possible. This show follows the Weir family. Lindsay goes from being a star student with a super religious best friend to hanging out with the “Freaks” at school. This show is a treasure because it features the comedy superstars of this generation early in their careers. Judd Apatow, the guy behind 40-year-old Virgin and Knocked Up, was a producer. James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segel played the hilarious monsters. Another shining moment of the show is Lindsay’s younger brother Sam and his awkward friends. This is another short-lived TV show, only lasting for one season and 18 episodes. However, the quirkiness is priceless and somewhat awkward, especially Sam and Lindsay’s run-ins with their parents. Warning: you will become emotionally attached to each character.

Hitting theaters in 1988, this movie is totally the original Mean Girls except 10 times darker. Wiona Ryder stars as the classic angst-ridden teen Veronica Sawyer. Veronica is part of the Heathers, the bad girl who rules the school. However, Veronica hates him and takes on the classic outcast role by venting on her diary. This clique basically set all the standards, the heartless leader, the different one in the group ready to overthrow him, and the two girls in the background. The movie takes a dark turn when James Dean as Jason “JD” Dean wins over Veronica. JD is played by the beautiful and messy Christian Slater, who is basically every outcast dream boy. JD sees how unhappy Veronica is and kills the leader of the Heathers, dragging Veronica down by planting a suicide note. Heathers is wry and really funny. I know it’s crazy to say based on the theme, but it’s not an easy movie to describe, you have to see for yourself why it’s considered one of the best high school movies of all time.

10 things i hate about you
This film is a modern version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”. Kat and Bianca are two high school sisters who are forced to deal with their overbearing father. The youngest, Bianca, is the popular one, while the oldest, Kat, is a tough bitch. I’m sorry, but there really is no other way to express it. I’m not going to bore you with the plot since most of you know what it’s about. If you forget, remember that it features a younger Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the late Heath Ledger. That’s reason enough to watch it.

Degrassi: the next generation
I’m sorry, but I had to put this here. I’ve never seen the original Degrassi, but this show has every teenage plot line imaginable. The show is in its 13th season, but I’m going to be honest and say I don’t recommend watching the new seasons. The reason I loved this show so much when I was in high school was because of the first four seasons. The show begins by introducing a character about old man Degrassi’s 12-year-old daughter who is starting high school. Although she can be annoying at times, Emma is a strong female lead who always stands up for what she believes in. There are so many characters that are introduced as the show progresses and each episode focuses on two different characters. Afterwards, the show tackles topics such as: eating disorders, mutilation, abortion, teen pregnancy, homicide, suicide, and even school shootings. You might know it as the show where rapper Drake got shot. However, look at it from the beginning, the character of her Jimmy of her played a major role from the beginning.

This is a Disney Channel Original Movie that came out in 1998 and is easily forgotten. This movie is about Andy Brink who loves to inline skate and he and his friends consider themselves “Soul Skaters” which means they refuse to get paid. Brink is one of those characters that you have to love. His slang and his overly friendly attitude make him one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. The heartbreak arises due to problems with Brink’s father and his rivalry with the bully Val, who gets paid a lot to skate. I know it’s not your typical teen angst movie, but it’s a movie to watch and remind yourself of how important it is to accept who you are.

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