No matter how old you are, a great coming-of-age story is always appreciated.
Whether you can relate to these stories because of your past, or because of your present, your teenage years are some of the most memorable chapters of your life. Coming-of-age stories are perfect for when you want to escape back to your days of youthful extravagance, here are just a few of our favorites.
This HBO creation has captivated both younger and older generations with its American adaptation of, the originally Israeli show, Euphoria. This show shines a light upon explicit drug use amongst teenagers as well as the struggles of coming to grips with your sexuality and identity as a teenager.
The show has incredibly light and happy moments that are contrasted with the dark realities of the adolescent age. The show’s music, make-up, and sense of style have influenced a whole group of young adults to break free from conventional fashion norms. Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, and Barbie Ferreira are just a few of the actors who embody the modern American misfits in Euphoria.
The Chi is a riveting coming-of-age drama that follows a group of neighbors living on the South Side of Chicago. Although the show deals with the complexities of urban violence, it makes a conscious decision to refrain from perpetuating any racial stereotypes. The plot features characters from all walks of life and the nuances between these contrasting individuals are what gives this show its creative flair.
The show, which is produced by Aaron Kaplan, is currently on its third season on Showtime and it has already been renewed for a fourth. The series has been reviewed by critics as an optimistic companion to The Wire but with its own set of captivating characters. The Chi features an incredible array of actors, including Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, and Yolanda Ross, to name a few.
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Skins is a British drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol during their last two years of high school. Every two seasons, the cast features a refreshing set of new characters. The old cast members go on to graduate and live their lives after sharing their own unique coming-of-age stories with the audience.
Like Euphoria, Skins touches upon sensitive and controversial subjects in the teenage sphere, such as mental illness, illicit substances, sexuality, and eating disorders. The show boasts raw emotional content and riveting performances from its actors. Skins have even created a legacy of famous actors like Nicholas Hoult, Kaya Scodelario, and Dev Patel.
These shows tackle the difficulties that adolescents can sometimes experience in day-to-day life. The stories are jampacked with drama and crazy teen-related action. No matter whether the characters are rich, poor, obnoxious, or charming, we can relate to them in some way.
What better way to unwind from the stresses of life, than by focusing on some teenage drama instead? Put on your comfy pajamas and start exploring the most binge-worthy coming-of-age shows featured on our list.
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