17 International Teen TV Shows on Netflix That Bring All the Drama
Think high school TV shows are just for people still in high school? Think again. Series revolving around teens make for totally compelling watches no matter your age, and there are more addicting coming-of-age shows out there than you may even realize. Netflix has tons of international teen TV shows available to stream, and they're just as drama-filled (if not more so) than your fave teen dramas from the United States. If you can't get enough of love triangles, school uniforms, and unsupervised house parties, then we have some YA series from around the world that you should add to your Netflix queue.
In this drama from Spain, three working-class teens displaced by an earthquake are enrolled in the most exclusive school in the country, and the clash between the classes erupts into a battle that eventually turns fatal. Prepare to feel major Gossip Girl vibes (but with even more drama involved, if that's possible). There are currently three seasons available to stream, and there's a fourth season on the way.
How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)
Inspired by real events, this German series tells the story of how a 17-year-old high school student created Europe's largest online drug business from his bedroom with his best friend, Lenny — and all to impress his American pill-popping party-animal ex-girlfriend, Lisa. This coming-of-age story will likely remind you of Sex Education (if the series replaced sex advice with pills, that is). You can stream the first two seasons of this series, though you'll have to wait until fall 2021 for season three.
Loosely based on the real-life scandal of two high school students from Rome's wealthy Parioli district engaging in part-time prostitution, this series follows a group of Roman teens seeking a sense of identity and financial independence by selling sex. Spoiler alert: the pressure of leading double lives inevitably catches up to them. You can watch all three seasons of the series now (though, unfortunately, there won't be a fourth).
Set during the Troubles in early-1990s Northern Ireland, this comedy series follows 16-year-old Erin and her friends as they navigate their adolescence amid the country's political unrest. Though you'd think the setting might make the show a bit morose, the talented young cast and the funny trials they face in their Catholic girls' secondary school make the show surprisingly lighthearted. It might be a while before we see season three, but you can watch the first two seasons now.
Blood & Water
Netflix's second original series from South Africa revolves around Puleng, a crafty 16-year-old on a mission to find her older sister, who was abducted at birth 17 years before. This series may contain the same tropes as other teen-centric series, but the fact that human trafficking (which is a huge issue in South Africa) is at the center of this drama gives it a depth that other teen shows lack. Good news: it's officially coming back for a second season.
Inspired by Norse mythology, this Norwegian coming-of-age series takes place in the fictitious town of Edda following bizarre weather patterns caused by global warming. As the town faces the threat of pollution and melting glaciers, it becomes clear that only a teenager gifted with the embodiment of Thor can save the people of Edda. The best part: it's returning for a second installment.
Set in 17th-century Celleno — a ghost village in the province of Viterbo, Italy — this drama centers on a teenage midwife who's accused of using witchcraft after she has a dark premonition while helping her grandmother deliver a baby. Ade is then forced to flee from her village with her younger brother in tow. She then meets a group of ancient witches — as well as a really cute boy named Pietro. Here's hoping we get a second season of this one.
Based on a manga series by Shiki Kawabata, this thrilling drama tells the story of high schooler Ayumi, who has the perfect life and the perfect boyfriend — so perfect, in fact, that a jealous classmate decides to steal Ayumi's body and take over her life. Though Zenko claims not to know how the body switch happened, her scheme (and what motivated it) is slowly revealed.
In this postapocalyptic Danish series, two teenage siblings, Simone and Rasmus, navigate the world alongside a ragtag team of survivors five years after a virus spread by rainfall wipes out almost all of Scandinavia. Expect a lot of drama, a lot of struggle, and a lot of raging hormones. There won't be a fourth season of this one, but you can watch all three seasons of the series now.
The Stranded is Netflix's first original series from Thailand, telling the story of 18-year-old Kraam, who survives a devastating tsunami along with 36 of his fellow high schoolers, only to be left stranded on a remote island in the Andaman Sea. When it becomes clear that no one is coming for them, they must figure out how to rescue themselves. Can we get a second season please, Netflix?
Based on the novel of the same name by Malin Persson Giolito, Netflix's first Swedish-language series is set at a Stockholm prep school, telling the story of a student who finds herself on trial for murder following a tragic school shooting. As the trial unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that the case isn't as straightforward as it initially seemed. It's unclear whether we'll get a season two, but we have our fingers crossed.
In Netflix's first-ever Arabic original series, a group of teenagers unexpectedly come face to face with a supernatural threat while on a class trip to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. When that threat becomes deadly, they must take it upon themselves to stop the spiritual force from killing others. It's unlikely that we'll get a second season of this one, but the first season is definitely worth a watch.
We Are the Wave
This German coming-of-age drama, which is loosely based on the novel The Wave by Todd Strasser (originally released under a pen name, Morton Rhue), centers around a group of teens who fall under the influence of a mysterious new classmate and dream up an idealistic revolt against nationalism. However, those lofty ideas eventually evolve into dangerous action. There's still no word on whether we'll get a second season of this one.
In this Brazilian drama, three friends since childhood — Nando, Doni, and Rita — take different paths in their teens in an attempt to distance themselves from their São Paulo backgrounds. However, no matter how far they travel from home, they still must rely on one another to avoid self-destruction. Season two is officially happening, though it's unclear when we can expect to see it.
What happens when a group of weird (and wildly rich) teens decide to start selling ecstasy? This Mexican dramedy has the answer, and as you can imagine, it involves some run-ins with the law — and some angry narcos. There's no word on whether this series will get a second installment, but the first season is a wild ride.
In this dark French series, a trio of teenagers — Sofiane, Victor, and Luisa — find themselves bound together by a supernatural force, and together, they attempt to figure out what happened to Sofiane's missing brother. Of course, in between solving crimes and testing out their new powers, the teens must contend with the usual high school drama. We're still standing by for news on a potential second season.
Based on the digital comic of the same name by Chon Kye-young, this South Korean drama revolves around a mysterious developer who creates an app, which tells users if someone near them has romantic feelings for them — as well as if you don't like someone. For Kim Jo-jo, high school becomes even more complicated when the app ropes her into a love triangle with two classmates. Thankfully, season two is on its way.