Hi, I’m Hannah, and I’m shamelessly a fan of teen dramas.
Though I love getting way too invested in these storylines, I can’t deny the obvious formula these shows all follow. The plots may differ, but there are plenty of cringey and tired tropes that stretch across the entire teen drama universe.
So, I’ve decided to put together my own list of the absolutely bonkers “unwritten rules” that all teen dramas seem to follow.
Everyone is inexplicably hot. Like, smokin’ hot.
The teenagers must all be played by grown-ass adults.
School dress code is nonexistent.
It wouldn’t be a drama if we didn’t include at least one love triangle.
There’s nothing unnatural about the supernatural.
There is never any parental supervision.
No one is ever going to class or doing their homework…
…but everyone keeps getting into Ivy League schools.
The parents of two of the main characters will inevitably be long-lost lovers.
Someone’s bound to have a secret sibling.
Money must grow on trees.
Everyone takes fashion REALLY seriously.
Everyone has aggressive school spirit.
There’s probably gonna be a time jump.
Someone’s an imposter…but who?
Student-teacher affairs are commonplace.
Finally: Life is never mundane…like, EVER.
What are some more classic teen drama tropes? Drop ’em in the comments below!