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New York Times Article on Teen Dramas

Buzz In: What Teen Show Best Captures Your Own Experience?

The New York Times recently ran a story comparing the portrayals of teenage life in Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and the British show Skins. As I read through the reporter's description of each show, I wondered which teens, if any, see themselves represented in these three seriously different shows. Though they're fun to watch, none of these three shows quite captures my own teen years.

For example, the Times describes Secret Life as "steeped in moralizing" (my teen years weren't as pious), Gossip Girl as a place "where jetting to Aspen from Teterboro" is normal (yeah, not my experience either), and Skins as "nihilistic in its mood" (my hormones were raging, but I wouldn't say I was a nihilist).

So what teen drama did come closest to my own youth? Strange to admit it, but Saved by the Bell comes pretty close (sometimes I related to Jessie Spano. There, I said it. Except during this scene). Or maybe My So-Called Life (because of this scene, I did my fair share of bed dancing) — but even that still isn't quite right. What about you? What teen show — past or present — best sums up your own teenage years?


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Allytta Allytta 9 years
none i guess. maybe some veronica mars...
Choco-cat Choco-cat 9 years
guess i'd have to go with Freaks and Geeks
fashi0nfghtpause fashi0nfghtpause 9 years
Freaks and Geeks.
raieven raieven 9 years
My So-Called Life, hands down.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I would have to say Felicity, Dawson's Creek, and Gilmore Girls.
asweetberry asweetberry 9 years
Hmm, I'm leaning towards saying Dawson's Creek, even though my friends and I didn't go around philosophizing/questioning everything quite to the extent the show did, ha ha. But it's definitely the closest to my experience that I can think of (especially with the exchange of hookups and relationships within one circle).
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I'd have to say 90210 mixed with the movie Thirteen. I have no idea how I'm still alive, but just wait until my memoir comes out!
alisaa alisaa 9 years
i'm in high school right now, and i cant say any of these shows really portray my school. We don't really have cliques and no jocks or cheerleaders either. lol, it might be fun though, my school is pretty boring
lmf8899 lmf8899 9 years
Gossip Girl almost completely.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
Oh man, Daria...goooooood point.
robynfromdahood robynfromdahood 9 years
Skins, definitely. There's at least one aspect in all of the characters that I can directly relate too
cordata cordata 9 years
A show called flash forward on the disney channel - Jewell Staite and Ben Foster were the leads.
Neve1 Neve1 9 years
Dawson's Creek, definitely!
Dollylo Dollylo 9 years
I'd say 90210 ;)
Juiceee Juiceee 9 years
Laguna Beach--relationships wise.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
it's funny - i can't say for sure that i really related well with any of the shows that i watched - they were more for my escape from reality that i enjoyed them and found things that i could see myself doing in random times. i loved felicity - although they started in college for us - but i think that they were closest to reality - being teens in NYC colleges, working, trying to go to classes and make things work, and still fall in love and maintain their relationships
teagirl teagirl 9 years
I don't think I had a typical high school experience. My high school was just one building with five floors and we didn't even have a field...just a gym! There was no such thing as cliques and the only rivalry was between the different grade levels at pep rallies. At least I had a great group of friends I hung out with all four years :)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
There has yet to be a show that resemblance or captures my life growing up.
theplaiddress theplaiddress 9 years
Daria. Oh my god. Daria.
Swen Swen 9 years
Hmmm this is hard. Gilmore Girls would probably be the closest since I grew up in a Stars Hollow-ish town, went to a private high school, and can relate to Rory. People always say I remind them of Rory too. I think it's mostly because I'm studious and shy, but we also have similar style, personalities, and little mannerisms I guess. Oh and I am qualified to join the DAR lol. The whole mother-daughter thing that the show is based around doesn't fit though as I have two parents and a sibling. Most of the other teen dramas I've watched I can't relate to much. I always find a few characters and situations that are similar to me, but overall they're so full of crazy drama and scandal that I did not experience at all. For example, on Gossip Girl I could relate completely when Serena felt that she couldn't be good enough for Dan because he holds her on a pedestal and if she messes up he'll be so disappointed. I've had that same feeling with a guy. But overall I can't relate to her because I'm not a millionaire, haven't done drugs, didn't run away to boarding school, didn't break into the school's pool and have a party, my friends haven't slipped me roofies (I hope!), etc etc.
nat1 nat1 9 years
A bit of Felicity, a touch of 90210... also a pinch of Dawson and finally the edge of Popular.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
my so called life.
JaeB JaeB 9 years
There really isn't one for me. And if there is, I wouldn't know it, because I refuse to watch teen dramas. No way I want to dwell on any of that stuff! I'd rather watch Desperate Housewives or, hate to admit it, Lipstick Jungle any day. XD
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
They haven't made a show featuring mostly characters who have that overachieving streak my friends and I had (have). There's always the one - usually a girl - who is focused on getting somewhere rather than sleeping with people or making drama. Alexandra Robbins' "Overachievers" could have been written about my school. As it was, only my state. Freaks and Geeks comes the closest, I think, to the total experience for me, maybe maybe Rory Gilmore as a character but without her flakiness about boys.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
hmm thats tough. i identified with most of the characters on Skins, so i guess that one is the most accurate.
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