The Netflix teen drama hotlist: From Riverdale to Dynasty, what to watch on TV now

We round up the best teen drama TV shows to watch on Netflix via your BT TV box.

From friendship betrayals and messy love lives to dysfunctional families and living as a werewolf or vampire, teenage life can be hard work.

But the dramatic lives of teenagers makes for great fodder for TV and, even better, Netflix has a ton of teen dramas, new and old, to enjoy.

From guilty pleasure box sets like Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries to original shows like Riverdale and Dynasty, we reveal the teen shows to watch on Netflix now.

And don’t forget, if you’re a Netflix customer, you can watch it straight from your TV box. Plus, you can add your Netflix bill to your BT TV bill, so it’s all in one place. Find out more.

Riverdale

Riverdale series 3

How can I watch it?

Riverdale seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now. Season 3 launches on Thursday, October 11, with new episodes released on Netflix each Thursday.

What’s it about?

Based on the Archie comic book series, Riverdale sees Archie Andrews and his gang (Jughead Jones, Veronica Lodge and Betty Cooper) entangle murder and mystery in the town of the same name. Series 3 sees the aftermath of Archie’s murder trial - which Hiram Lodge is seemingly framing him for. Meanwhile Betty is forced to deal with her problems head-on and Jughead leads the Serpents against the Ghoulies’ latest attack. It’s never a quiet day in Riverdale.

Why watch it?

The show combines the comic book characters from the original Archie Comics, the angst of small town teen life and murder mystery.

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Dynasty

Dynasty

How can I watch it?

Dynasty season 1 is available to stream on Netflix now. Season 2 launches on Saturday, October 13, with new episodes released on Netflix each Saturday.

What’s it about?

A reboot of the 1980s soap opera of the same time, Dynasty follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they fight for control over their fortune - and their children.

Why watch it?

This glamorous, over-the-top guilty pleasure TV show comes from the minds of Gossip Girl and The OC.

Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars

How can I watch it?

All seven seasons of Pretty Little Liars are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four high school girls whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. The girls band together when a blackmailer threatens to spill their dirt - while also investigating Alison's disappearance.

Why watch it?

Pretty Little Liars - or PLL as it’s known by the fans - has picked up a whopping 35 Teen Choice Awards since its 2010 inception.

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The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

How can I watch it?

All eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

The Vampire Diaries tells the story of two vampire brothers trapped in adolescent bodies (played by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley), who are obsessed with the same girl, Elena (Nina Dobrev).

Why watch it?

If you were a fan of The Twilight Saga, you’re sure to be gripped by this similarly supernatural angsty teen drama.

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

How can I watch it?

All six seasons of Gossip Girl are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

A group of privileged Manhattan private-school teenagers seem to get away with everything - except an anonymous blogger, Gossip Girl, is watching their every move.

Why watch it?

The ultimate guilty pleasure show, Gossip Girl features Hollywood actors including Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley and Chace Crawford before they made it big.

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Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf

How can I watch it?

All six seasons of Teen Wolf are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

An animal bite turns high school teen Scott (Tyler Posey) into a werewolf - but it causes him all sorts of trouble as he balances day-to-day teen life with his problematic hidden identity.

Why watch it?

If you’re looking for something supernatural but a little lighter than The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf features some comedic elements too.

Skins

Skins

How can I watch it?

All seven seasons of Skins are available to stream on Netflix or All 4 now via your TV box.

What’s it about?

From the makers of Shameless, this dark comedy drama - which originally aired on E4 - follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol.

Why watch it?

The show doesn’t shy away from controversy, with gritty storylines including sexuality, mental health, death and bullying. No wonder it catapulted the careers of young Brit talent including Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), Jack O'Connell (Unbroken), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) and Luke Pasqualino (Our Girl).

How to watch Netflix from your TV box

Open up the Players & Apps tab on BT TV and you'll find Netflix alongside BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4.

There are thousands of TV shows and films to stream on your TV box, as well as through your PC, Mac, mobile or tablet.

You can stream shows on up to four devices at the same time, meaning that everyone can enjoy what they want to watch, when they want to watch it.

The best part is that choosing Netflix with BT means you only have one bill and one company to deal with. It’s easy to add Netflix to your BT TV subscription - click here to find out more.

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