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10 Shows Like 'Teen Wolf' to Watch Next

It's been five years since 'Teen Wolf' turned off on MTV, but the movie is right around the corner.

Taylor Freitas
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Tyler Posey (front) in 'Teen Wolf'

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Inspired by the 1985 coming-of-age comedy starring Michael J. Fox, MTV's Teen Wolfpremiered in 2011 and ran for six seasons. In the show, Tyler Posey plays Scott McCall, a high schooler in fictional Beacon Hills, Calif., who's bitten by a werewolf and transforms into the titular character. 

After being bitten, Scott develops supernatural abilities that are amplified by the full moon. With the support of his best friend Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O'Brien) and an older werewolf named Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), he must learn how to control his urges and maintain a normal teenage life — while also using his powers to promote peace in Beacon Hills. To make things even more complicated, Scott develops romantic feelings for Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), a descendant of werewolf hunters.

This month marks five years since Teen Wolf ended, but the series isn't gone for good just yet. In fact, most of the show's original cast members — including Posey, Hoechlin, and Reed — will return for a follow-up film (Teen Wolf: The Movie) on Paramount+ in late 2022. 

If you're a fan of the TV series and want to watch more Teen Wolf-style shows before the film comes out, Metacritic has you covered. Nearly all of the titles we've chosen for the below list fit into the supernatural teen drama category (think: high-school werewolves, vampires, witches, and spirits). 

Here, Metacritic shares 10 shows like Teen Wolf to add to your viewing list.


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Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of supernatural high-school shows
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 7

Like Teen Wolf, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a movie-turned-TV-show and revolves on a high schooler who inherits supernatural abilities. In Buffy, that person is Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a teenager in fictional Sunnydale, Calif., with the power to defeat vampires and other malicious creatures. When she's not busy fighting off evil forces, Buffy spends time with her close friends, Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan) and Xander Harris (Nicholas Brendon), who help her survive the ups and downs of teenage life. Created by Joss Whedon, Buffy premiered in 1997 and spawned a spin-off (Angel) two years later.

"This supernatural series has fast, raucous music, attractive heroes and heroines, and nifty morphing effects for the vampires." — Michael Farkash, The Hollywood Reporter


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'Being Human'

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Being Human

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of horror-centric dramedies 
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 5

Being Human follows a trio of supernatural beings — a werewolf, vampire, and ghost — who live together in the U.K. Each roommate does their best to live an average human life, but they often face hurdles in assimilating to mortal existence. Although the show mostly fits into the suspense and horror genres, there are comedic elements as well (similar to Teen Wolf). Being Human debuted on BBC Three in 2008 and later inspired an American adaptation of the same name (although it wasn't as well-received as the original).

"This show is shocking in all the right ways. It's monstrously entertaining." — Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine


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Shiri Appleby in 'Roswell'

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Roswell

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of young adult sci-fi dramas
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 3

Developed by Jason Katims, Roswell is about a group of young humans and aliens living in the titular New Mexico town. The show's main characters include Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby), a human high school student who works at her family's restaurant, and Max Evans (Jason Behr), a hybrid who saves Liz from a gunshot wound and gives her some of his alien abilities. After the shooting, Liz and Max begin dating but often clash due to their differences. Roswell and its 2018 reimagining (Roswell, New Mexico) were inspired by Melinda Metz's Roswell High book series.

"The series is anything but ordinary, a cosmic blend of high school angst and otherworldly intrigue." — Laura Fries, Variety


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Kiernan Shipka in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina 

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of dark coming-of-age shows
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 4

Based on the comic book series of the same name, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka), a half-human, half-witch in the fictional town of Greendale. Although she's expected to choose between her mortal and magical lives when she turns 16, Sabrina finds a way to balance both. Much like Teen Wolf's Scott, she stays in touch with her human side through friendships and school responsibilities while also embracing her supernatural abilities under the guidance of her aunts, Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto). 

"Smart, engaging, thoroughly updated." — Verne Gay, Newsday


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Laura Vandervoort in 'Bitten'

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Bitten

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of action-packed fantasy stories
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 3

Laura Vandervoort stars as Elena Michaels in Bitten, a Canadian supernatural drama based on Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld novel series. Elena, a werewolf, enjoys a seemingly normal life in Toronto — until she's called back to her upstate New York hometown to deal with a deadly enemy. While there, she reluctantly reconnects with Clayton Danvers (Greyston Holt), her former lover who initially turned her into a werewolf years earlier. Together, Elena and Clayton must use their skills to protect their pack, all while grappling with their romantic feelings for each other.

"Bitten is mildly diverting while also being pretty goofy in spots--even for a werewolf drama." — Ed Bark, Uncle Barky


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'Legacies'

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Legacies

Metascore: 59
Best for: Fans of campy, teen-friendly supernatural tales
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 4

In this spin-off of The Originals (which itself is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries), we head to fictional Mystic Falls, Va., to reunite with Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a teenage descendant from a long line of werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural creatures. Needing to get a better grasp on her powers, Hope enrolls at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, where she meets other young magical beings and learns how to subdue her evil impulses. Although the four-season series wasn't a favorite among critics, it received generally favorable reviews from fans of The Vampire Diaries franchise.

"It's slickly produced, but it all comes back to a formula that CW has mined a few times too many, where raging teen hormones are further complicated by extraordinary abilities." — Brian Lowry, CNN


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Willa Fitzgerald in 'Scream'

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Scream

Metascore: 57 
Best for: Fans of gory slasher shows
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 3

Like Teen Wolf, Scream is a suspenseful teen drama adapted for MTV from a well-known teen flick (although Scream skews more horror, while Teen Wolf fits has more supernatural elements). The series takes place in the fictional town of Lakewood, where a group of teenagers is being terrorized by a masked killer known as the Lakewood Slasher. His main target? Emma Duval (Willa Fitzgerald), a popular high schooler who communicates with him by phone and has secretive connections to her town's grim past. Posey appears in Scream's third season, which has a different cast from the first two seasons.

"The result could easily have been a messy botch, but Scream is a little better than that." — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV


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Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder in 'The Vampire Diaries'

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The Vampire Diaries 

Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of vampire love stories
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 8

Also set in the supernatural hotspot of Mystic Falls, The Vampire Diaries revolves on Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a mortal girl caught in a love triangle with vampire brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). The siblings frequently feud over their mutual love for Elena, who bears a striking resemblance to a woman they knew many years prior. The Vampire Diaries is based on L.J. Smith's book series of the same title. It later spawned two spin-off shows, a web series, comic books, and more.

"The Vampire Diaries ... successfully hitches the sanguinary sexuality of the vampire ethos to the in-group/out-group dynamic of the teen soap." — Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald


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Thomas Dekker and Britt Robertson in 'The Secret Circle'

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The Secret Circle 

Metascore: 56
Best for: Fans of witchcraft and magical fantasy stories
Where to watch: 


Seasons: 1

Smith also wrote the novels that inspired The Secret Circle, a supernatural teen fantasy series about a group of witches in the Pacific Northwest. It follows Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson), a teen who moves in with her grandmother in fictional Chance Harbor, Wash., following her mother's death. Soon after arriving in town, Cassie meets a few of her new classmates, who reveal that she's a witch and invite her into their coven. With the help of Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker), a new love interest and fellow witch, Cassie must face the truth about her family's history.

"Secret Circle is competently performed and produced and liable to entertain anybody not old enough to remember Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty doing pretty much the same stuff in Charmed back in the 20th-century day." — Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald


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For left: Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell in 'Pretty Little Liars'

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Pretty Little Liars 

Metascore: 55
Best for: Fans of dark and creepy teen dramas
Where to watch: 

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Seasons: 7

Based on Sara Shepard's book series, Pretty Little Liars chronicles the lives of four high school girls in idyllic Rosewood, Penn. One year after their friend Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) disappears, the girls start to receive unsettling text messages from an anonymous sender who goes by "A." Although they've grown apart, the friends come back together to make sense of the notes (which threaten to expose their darkest secrets).The series premiered in 2010 and received spin-offs Ravenswood and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, and a new series in the same universe titled Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.

"Fun enough, but the nastiness could be applied more heavily." — Tom Gliatto, People