The show was a bona fide success. Its pilot episode broke the record for the highest rated debut on ABC Family with 2. Now, looking back, I chuckle because the controversial storyline of a teen girl getting knocked up is a mere B-plot in teen dramas today. It makes me realize that current teen dramas are darker than they were 10 years ago. But compared with teen characters today, they were saints. Now, kids are growing up in the Teen Wolf , Riverdale and 13 Reasons Why generation where serious issues are put on display in the name of entertainment.
Why Are Teen TV Shows Getting Darker And Darker?
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As the Halloween dance rages — a gymnasium of high schoolers in cheap costumes bouncing around to the sounds of The Offspring — one teen arrives with murder on the brain. Anton Devon Sawa cuts through the crowd, vaults onstage and waves the bleeding stump of his arm at his schoolmates. By this point in the movie, his hand has brutally killed his parents and his two best friends, who are resurrected as wisecracking zombies. Once the lead singer of The Offspring has been summarily dispatched, a bloody night at the once-idyllic high school begins. The ensuing mayhem, all peppered with jokes, leaves students dead or horribly maimed. Ten days earlier, two seniors had entered Columbine High School in Colorado, each bearing two guns, and murdered 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves. For critics, film executives and American society at large, the unhappy coincidence forced the question: Was the movie not just bad, but wrong?
1999 Was The Pinnacle For The Dark Teen Comedy. Then It Disappeared.
Back in the lates and earlys , Daria was THE show for misanthropic, book-loving teens. The title character speaks to anyone who found high school boring, who preferred to spend most of their time alone in their room, or who constantly proved the adults around them wrong. In , MTV announced it was developing a reboot of the series, which aired between and Daria is known for highlighting the dark side of high school in humorous and relatable ways, and the show's characters span the spectrum of the teen tropes.
R 98 min Horror. Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. R min Comedy, Crime.