The Draw of Teen Dramas

When the world is overwhelming I turn to trash tv for comfort. Lately, everyday has been absurd, so in between my ResistBot letters and yelling at my CNN app I’ve been binge watching teen dramas. In my opinion, there is nothing quite like watching 20 to 30 year old adults pretend to be high society teens to jolt you from our grim reality.


This obsession all started in high school, when I got addicted to Pretty Little Liars. PLL took me on a tumultuous journey that lasted over half a decade and ended with me screaming at the tv. My flirtations with post PLL teen dramas have been brief; until recently they haven’t stuck. But now I am in deep. Below are my two new favorites.


Gossip Girl

I get it, I’m late to the party but this show is a GOLDMINE of feel good trash. If you’ve never seen it then I’ll catch you up on the arc of each episode. Serena and Dan have some sort of miscommunication which makes them worry that they aren’t perfect for each other that they resolve by the end of the show. Blair and Serena fight over Blair’s poor decision making skills, Chuck sexual assaults someone, Nate worries about the future he doesn’t want to have and Jenny actually gets shit done. There is a lot of ridiculous slut shaming and a lack of feminist values in the show but it is so bad it’s good. In my opinion Jenny should be Gossip Girl, but I don’t think the draw to the show is the’s the stupidity in the drama. I love it.



Riverdale season one is so insanely binge worthy that I finished it in less than 48 hours. Riverdale is a murder mystery coated in teen drama. It is so ridiculously palatable that B binge watched with me. The characters are loosely based on the characters from the Archie comic strip, but beyond that the comic has little to do with the plot. I’m personally obsessed with Cheryl Blossom and her family’s “maple syrup” company.


These are my current guilty pleasures and I’m pretty impressed by their effectiveness. For at least 30 minutes a day I can almost forget whats going on in the outside world. Necessary self care.


Summer was a time for activity and outdoorsy events but now that it is fall* I’m ready to Netflix and Chill with my blanket.  What are some of your guilty pleasure shows?

*SoCal doesn’t have seasons I’m just pretending my PSL is a latte and not a frap.

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