10 Shows Like 'Never Have I Ever' to Watch Next

Looking to spend some more time with teens on TV? From romantic drama to family turmoil, we have 10 shows to check out after you finish 'Never Have I Ever.'
by Andrea Reiher — 

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Darren Barnet in 'Never Have I Ever'


Never Have I Ever is a coming-of-age comedy from the minds of Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher that is loosely based on Kaling's experience growing up as an Indian-American student in Boston.

The main character is Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), a high school student who suddenly finds herself not being able to feel her legs and unable to walk following the traumatic, sudden death of her father. Going into her sophomore year of high school, she desperately wants to change her social standing and have a boyfriend, though she gets entangled in a love triangle with two boys, Ben (Jaren Lewison) and Paxton (Darren Barnet), and ends up really messing that up when she cheats on them with each other. She also has to deal with her strained relationship with her mother, especially in the wake of her father's death, and then temporarily with a new Indian student named Aneesa Qureshi (Megan Suri) who is everything Devi wants to be — confident, poised, and immediately popular.

In the penultimate season, Devi finally gets to be publicly official with Paxton — for a time. But because she still has a lot to learn, they don't last all the way through the season. After a short connection with someone new, she ends up back at Ben's door, setting up quite the drama for the fourth and final season, which is still to come.

The series is narrated by professional tennis player John McEnroe, whom Devi's father Mohan (Sendhil Ramamurthy) idolized. Additionally, Poorna Jagannathan plays Devi's mom Nalini, Richa Moorjani plays Devi's cousin Kamala, Lee Rodriguez plays Fabiola, Ramona Young plays Eleanor, and Niecy Nash-Betts recurs as Devi's therapist.

If you love the exploits of Devi and her friends (and frenemies), here is a list of 10 shows to watch next while you wait for the final season of Never Have I Ever, ranked by Metascore.


Claire Danes in 'My So-Called Life'


My So-Called Life

Metascore: 92
Best for: TV historians who want to see who did teen angst with a dash of '90s fashion
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Seasons: 1

It's an oldie but a goodie. This show from 1994 stars Claire Danes and Jared Leto, who burst onto the scene as Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano, respectively — and Danes was so good that she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the age of 16 and she won the Golden Globe that year for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. My So-Called Life was one of the first TV series to show high school how it really is and not how people like to remember it was, including the typical romantic relationship drama, but also highlighting the struggles of a young LGBTQ character who didn't have a strong support system at home.

"In some ways, the show recalls the early days of Beverly Hills, 90210. With its exceptional writing and sensitivity, however, it resembles nothing so much as a teensomething version of thirtysomething." — Tom Feran, The Plain Dealer


Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine in 'Pen15'



Metascore: 87
Best for: Those who enjoy cringe comedy and awkward teen antics
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Seasons: 2

This show stars its creators Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, both of whom are in their 30s, as 13-year-old versions of themselves. It is set in the year 2000 and is largely based on their real-life experiences — and it is a-w-k-w-a-r-d. But it is also incredibly heartfelt, dealing with issues of divorce, puberty, fractures in friendships, and more, and Erskine's experiences mirror that of Never Have I Ever's Devi because her character Maya is a shy Japanese-American girl who is being primarily raised by her mother in a largely white school and town.

"Erskine and Konkle do not skip past the mindless cruelty of teenagers, and it's possible that for all its rip-roaring daffiness, 'Pen15' is at its best when it's most lacerating." — Glenn Garvin, Reason


'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Metascore: 85
Best for: Those who want to experience teen drama through a supernatural filter
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Seasons: 7

Another oldie but a goodie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer came out just a few years after My So-Called Life and took another unflinching look at high school and college but this time filtered through a supernatural lens. Sarah Michelle Gellar (ahem) slays as the title character, the one girl in all the world who can defeat the forces of evil but who most of the time just wants to be a normal teenager. She accumulates a terrific set of supporting characters along the way, and the writers always used interesting metaphores to explore typical teen and young adult problems in a spooky way.

"A biting, stylish high-school drama masquerading as a vampire-movie spinoff and cleverly combining the dark humor of Heathers, the homeroom angst of Beverly Hills, 90210 and the goofy, mystery-solving camaraderie of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" — David Okamoto, The Dallas Morning News


From left to right: Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in 'Gilmore Girls'

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Gilmore Girls

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans who want their teen dramedies to feel like a warm blanket
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Seasons: 7, plus a followup revival

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel star as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, respectively, a mother and daughter who are best friends and who have been on their own since Lorelai severed ties with her wealthy, overbearing parents at the age of 16 when she got pregnant. They live in an adorable small town full of quirky characters who are like a family to the titular Gilmore girls, but when Lorelai can't afford to send Rory to a fancy private school she gets accepted to, she swallows her pride and reconnects with her parents, Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (the late Edward Herrmann). The series got a sequel at Netflix set 10 years after the original TV series went off the air.

"The rapid-fire patter gets more room to breathe, all the better for cheeky asides or pointed repetitions." — Erik Adams, The A.V. Club


Nikesh Patel and Rose Matafeo in 'Starstruck'



Metascore: 78
Best for: Those looking for a rom-com with genuine belly laughs
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

This series bears little resemblance to Never Have I Ever in terms of the plot, but it is an adorable rom-com series that inspires genuine laughter. Rose Matafeo stars as a New Zealander named Jessie who lives and works in London. She has a one-night stand with a man who later turns out to be a famous movie star (Nikesh Patel as Tom Kapoor). Emma Sidi plays Jessie's best friend and the show is based on one of Sidi and Matafeo's real-life mutual friends who one night went out to a pub and spent the whole night hanging out with a famous Hollywood star.

"Starstruck shows us that the kind of charm we're craving from Hollywood doesn't necessarily have to come in familiar modes, nor does it need to cleverly break every rule in the book." — Cassie da Costa, Vanity Fair


The young cast of 'Yellowjackets'



Metascore: 78
Best for: People who want their coming-of-age drama with a side of murder, mayhem and mystery
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This TV series is less a dramedy and more a horror adventure, telling the story of a high school girls soccer team traveling to a national tournament when their plane crashes in the Canadian Rockies. After the crash, the girls (plus three men: the late head coach's two sons and an assistant coach) are stranded for months and crazy, horrific things ensue — and not everyone who survived the crash survives to be rescued. The show is unique in that it can turn on a dime from spine-tingling to laugh-out-loud, and it also juggles the immediate aftermath of the crash with a storyline set years in the future, when the adult versions of the survivors are pulled back together because of a high school reunion and a mysterious stalker who may or may not have killed another survivor. It earned seven Emmy nominations for its first season, including Outstanding Drama Series.

"Don't be fooled by its teen show trappings: Yellowjackets is a pitch black parable of human desperation that will creep its way under your skin given the chance." — Caroline Framke, Variety


Jordan Kristine Seamón and Jack Dylan Grazer in 'We Are Who We Are'


We Are Who We Are

Metascore: 77
Best for: TV fans looking for a more leisurely character study of teenagers
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Seasons: 1

This one-season drama focuses on Fraser Wilson (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Caitlin/Harper Poythress (Jordan Kristine Seamón), two 14-year-old military kids living on a base in Italy. Fraser has two mothers, a colonel and a major in the United States Army, and Caitlin/Harper is struggling with gender identity. They meet a diverse group of friends at the base as everyone tries to figure out just who they are and how they fit into the world. 

"The scripts ... are meticulously crafted, guided in large part by the steady unearthing of the characters' layers." — Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter


'The Sex Lives of College Girls'


The Sex Lives of College Girls

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of Kaling
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

From Kaling and Justin Noble, The Sex Lives of College Girls follows the lives of four college roommates — Kimberly (Pauline Chalamet), Bela (Amrit Kaur), Leighton (Reneé Rapp) and Whitney (Alyah Chanelle Scott) — who are navigating young adulthood at a New England college. From exploring sexuality to experiencing abuses of power, the show explores what happens to teenagers when the sudden freedom of college is thrust upon them.

"[T]his is a terrific vehicle for Kaur, Chanelle, Rapp and Chalamet to demonstrate their comedic and dramatic talents. They work beautifully together and have a natural rhythm, even when the dialogue seems almost too perfectly written." — Richard Roeper, the Chicago Sun-Times


From left to right: Nika King and Zendaya in 'Euphoria'



Metascore: 70
Best for: Those who want an unflinching look at being a teen in the 2020s
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Seasons: 2 (so far), plus standalone specials

Euphoria takes a stark look at teenage drug use, relationships, and sex, exploring what it means to be in that weird stage of life where you are trapped between being a kid and being an adult. The show is so unflinching that it is sometimes hard to watch, especially as Zendaya, who won an Emmy for her performance as Ruby "Rue" Bennett, plays the pain of being a teenage drug addict. 

"The success of Euphoria's teen drama ultimately depends on which teen it focuses on at any given moment. With Rue and Jules at the center, you feel the exhilaration of their friendship as much as a real concern for their growing troubles. But with its less fully developed characters, the series can feel like little more than a lurid performance of teenage pain." — Steven Scaife, Slant


Dylan Minnette and Alisha Boe in '13 Reasons Why'


13 Reasons Why

Metascore: 60
Best for: People looking for a coming-of-age drama with a mystery
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Seasons: 4

The first season of this Netflix drama is ripped from the pages of Jay Asher's 2007 novel of the same title, focusing on why high school student Hannah (Katherine Langford) died by suicide. Dylan Minnette stars as Clacy Jensen, a classmate who liked Hannah and wants to get in the bottom of what happened. He finds a box of cassette tapes that explains how each person in their circle played a role in her death. From there, though, each season that follows is centered on a new character-driven mystery that feature intense themes of bullying, sexual assault, and other violence, including guns. The first season received much higher ratings than subsequent seasons, so proceed with caution.

"This story is sure to be devoured by teens who respond to its dark themes. But it could use a bit more leavening, acknowledging the reasons why life can be something more than apocalyptic." — Daniel D'Addario, Time