The teen drama is definitely a strange beast. By its very nature, it tends to be a little shallow and melodramatic because after all, that's sort of how teenagers are too. Half of the stuff that we watched as teens may have been entertaining for us, but it was objectively not very good television, and looking back at it now we can see it for all of the flaws that it had. They were either needlessly soapy (Beverly Hills 90210), sanctimonious (7th Heaven), or trying way too hard to be hip (Glee). But every once in a while, there was a legitimately good show on the air aimed at teenagers. One that was particularly intelligent, or had strong actors, or just managed to tap into something real and genuine. These were the shows that your parents would find excuses to watch with you (as lame as that was), and when you watch them now, they still hold up. We would never begrudge you your favorite teen drama because hey, we all have are guilty pleasures. But there are definitely some programs out there that transcend their target demographic and manage to be not just good teen shows, but good television, period.