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The Problem with Teen Shows

by Ada Zuba 2 years ago in tv

Reasons why teen shows are ridiculous

90210...I think

On a weekend when I do not have expected plans, I like to sit down and watch teen shows because of the drama that occurs and the dramatic events that happen, but let's face it the teens in shows are sometimes annoying. I have watched Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale, Vampire Diaries, and Gossip Girl. I like to watch the stories unfold and sometimes scream at the characters for being mind-numbingly stupid. So I will now, take each show one by one and explain why these shows and characters are not good for the teen hearts.

First, I will look at Gossip girl. The first episode starts off with this quarrel between two girls because she slept with someone else's really? You ladies are already sleeping with each other's boyfriends when you should be focused on school, but then, what would be the point of having a show. Chuck he is already drinking whiskey and rum, that is an acquired taste and not for a high school teen boy. Most teens drink the fun stuff with sugar. I get that he is rich and all, but the fact that none of his father's workers cares that he is day drinking? that's concerning. The girls at the school are beyond mean, they way out league. It's all a dumb popularity contest. When that is not going to affect the future in anyway, all Ivy league schools focus on grades and not how popular you were, it sets such a bad example.

Pretty Little Liars, I cannot fathom how annoying this show is, I spend most of my time screaming at the screen "Tell your parents and the police!" but instead they try to take on the torture on their own, it was smart of the writers or producers to bring in the corrupt cop, but that was a smooth move on their part, it made it so the girls could not trust anyone. What they should have done was tell their parents right away as soon as that first message came in. Keeping secrets is what the show runs on, yes Aria was dating a teacher and that should have ended as soon as they realized who they were. Instead they kept their love a secret and sneaked around everywhere and every time there was a chance Ezra could have been fired. Not the best move. They should have ended relationships that doomed the girls of being blackmailed. It would have all stopped the ball from rolling if they had gone straight to the cops.

Riverdale, it does not annoy as much, but man some of the adult characters act like small children and then their kids are taking care of what? Archie for example, he was basically telling his uncle how to run his dad's company. He went head-to-head with one of the most powerful men possibly in the state and lost numerous times, he also threatened Mr. Lodge on multiple accounts and I'm surprised that Archie even got out of jail. Jughead running a gang is the weirdest thing because he wanted nothing to do with the serpent gang and then he was the boss man. Betty getting in and out of the Farm, while her mom was undercover. Betty should have left it alone. Yes, she was concerned for her mother, so I understand that. Veronica starting a rum business even though she is not even out of high school and can't legally drink is another issue that arises. Teens in this show seem to be protecting their parents a lot when in fact they are the ones that need protecting.

Vampire diaries, I put this one last because it annoys me the least. The only thing I had an issue with was the amount of people that died and kept coming back. Elena Gilbert and her brother have been through so much tragedy, their parents first died then their aunt and then her brother died...bad things keep happening around Elena, she had to grow up quickly even though she never wanted to and never asked for any of that. I'm astounded that any of the characters even went to college it seemed like all they did was run around after vampires. It sets unrealistic expectations for teens thinking that they can blow school off and still get into a good college. No, no. That is not what happens. Stefan was in a coffin for an entire summer, while drowning and being alive again and again is unrealistic that no one noticed a coffin all that time. I am sure hikers would have found him sooner or later. Why do all teens drive in these shows? I am honestly asking because I never drove as a teenager until I absolutely had to get my license. There should have been a few teens who did not drive right?

So, there it is a list of shows where unrealistic expectations happen for no good reason. Teen shows are fun and ridiculous to watch with drama and plot twists, but in no way should anyone aspire to be like the characters. Also, just to add on maybe they should think about hiring actors who are actually in high school and not twenty-five to thirty year old pretending to be teens.


Ada Zuba

Hello fellow interweb explorers! I am Ada Zuba. I binge the Netflix shows and just recently Disney plus has been my happy place. I am a creative person with a big love for Disney movies. I hope to one day write and publish a fantasy novel.

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