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This Post-SKAM Life Got You Down? Check Out These TV Shows

Binge-watch potential: Likely.

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1. Clique

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Plot -- Two best friends are first years at University in Edinburgh, Scotland where they become captivated by a group of older girls with prestigious internships at an elite banking company. What follows is sex, murder, mystery, and a whole bunch of DRAMA.

2. SKINS

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You've definitely heard of this show by now, but have you watched it yet? One could argue that this show is the inspiration behind most Teen Dramas out there now since first airing in 2007. You'll also recognize many famous faces.

Plot -- Shows the POVs of a group of friends growing up in Bristol, England as they deal with school, family life, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, etc. A good mix of comedy and drama that feels very authentic.

3. Please Like Me

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Plot -- An Aussie Comedy-Drama Series that follows Josh as he navigates adulthood after realizing that he is gay. At the same time, his family life begins to fall apart when he learns that his mother has attempted suicide.

4. Riverdale

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The fandom is pretty strong with this show if that gives you any reassurance.

Plot -- Based on the comic, this is a new and heavily stylized take on Archie & co. as their small town lives are suddenly turned upside down by a murder.

5. Shameless (U.S.)

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No offense to fans of the U.K. show...but the Showtime version is so much better.

Plot -- The Gallagher kids living in the South Side of Chicago are doing whatever means necessary to get by. The dysfunction revolves around their father, Frank Gallagher, who is an alcoholic and a tornado of chaos. A true dark comedy that has a lot of heart to it.

6. Deutschland 83

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Plot -- A young East German spy has been recruited to help infiltrate the West German army during the Cold War.

Sounds like a bit of a stretch for a YA audience, but this show has earned extraordinary amounts of critical acclaim. It's also the first ever German-language series to air on US television. Pretty cool, right?

7. Summer Heights High

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Plot -- Mockumentary-style TV series that follows Chris Lilley as he takes on three different characters: a disobedient student Jonah Takalua, self-absorbed private school exchange student Ja'mie King, and megalomaniac drama teacher Mr. G.

This Australian TV show became so popular that it led to the spinoffs shows, Jonah from Tonga and Ja'mie: Private School Girl.

8. Felicity

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So, this show is a bit old (1998-2002). In fact, I couldn't even find a trailer of the first season. BUT, what's interesting about this is that it's J.J. Abrams' (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Super 8, LOST) first ever TV show...and it was a Teen Drama of all things.

Plot -- Felicity Porter is a recent High School graduate who makes the risky last minute decision to reject Stanford University and instead follows her crush to an NYU-esque school. The show follows her four years of growth while at college.

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