One of the most important teen series in history, The OC: Um Estranho no Paraíso (2003-2007) is back in Brazil from this Tuesday (20th) on Globoplay. As well as the attraction, several other productions aimed at young people and that were successful in the 2000s are available on other platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, Paramount+ and HBO Max.
Fever among millenials who were in puberty in the early 2000s, The OC told the story of Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), an outcast young man from a poor background who is eventually adopted by a wealthy family in Orange County. At the time, she clashed with One Tree Hill (2003-2012), known in Brazil as Lances da Vida and which is also available on Globoplay.
Before the two, the phenomenon that caught the attention of young teenagers at the time was Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003), a production that revealed the likes of Michelle Williams (Venom), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and Joshua Jackson (The Affair). With more appeal to the female audience, Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) also made a name for herself in this subgenre.
Among the series that debuted in the 1990s and remained high in the following decade are 7th Heaven (1996-2007) and Party of Five (1994-2000), titles that can now be marathoned with the arrival of Paramount+ in Brazil.
Two attractions that won the hearts of millenials and the popular Generation Z, Gossip Girl (2007-2012) and The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017) debuted just in time and were successful enough to join the relationship. There is also the classic Sabrina, A Sorceress’s Apprentice (1996-2003) and Barrados no Baile: A Nova Geração (2008-2013). Sandy & Junior (1999-2002), a teen series that marked an epoch on Globo, is the Brazilian representative on the list.
Check below ten teen series selected by TV news para maratonar no streaming:
- One Tree Hill (Globoplay): One Tree Hill made an epoch in the United States as one of the few teen series to go head-to-head with phenomenon The OC The series told the story of half brothers Lucas Scott (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), two teenagers rivals on the basketball courts and in Peyton Sawyer’s (Hilarie Burton) love match;
- Dawson’s Creek (Netflix): A teen milestone between the 1990s and 2000, Dawson’s Creek centered on the story of Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), a 15-year-old who dreamed of becoming a film director. In addition to addressing topics relevant to young people, the attraction also featured the first gay kiss on American TV prime time;
- Gilmore Girls (Netflix): Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Gilmore Girls was aimed more at the female audience, and is even today considered one of the favorite series of women of different generations. The story of love and friendship between Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), a 30-year-old single mother, and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel), her daughter, even yielded a revival produced by Netflix in 2016;
- 7th Heaven (Paramount+): Series that revealed Jessica Biel (The Sinner), 7th Heaven was a drama focused on the Camden family. The protagonist was Eric (Stephen Collins), a small-town reverend who was trying to balance his work with a mission to raise seven children with his wife Annie (Catherine Hicks). The drama was a success and was marked by having two endings. After being canceled by the defunct WB network, in which she was the leader of the ratings for eight straight years, she was rescued by The CW and lasted another season;
- Party of Five (Paramount+): The oldest attraction on the list, Party of Five told the story of the five Salinger brothers, who needed to overcome their differences after the unexpected death of their parents. The series revealed names like Matthew Fox (Lost), Neve Campbell (Scream franchise) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (I Know What You Did Last Summer);
- Gossip Girl (HBO Max): Described by many as the successor to The OC (it debuted in the same closing year as its predecessor on The CW), Gossip Girl showcased the world of lust, wealth and lies of young millionaires on the Upper East Side, one of the hippest neighborhoods of New York. This year, the series gained a revival that is also being aired on HBO Max;
- The Vampire Diaries (Prime Video): Based on the books by LJ Smith, The Vampire Diaries was adapted for TV by Kevin Williamson, the same creator of Dawson’s Creek. The supernatural plot told the story of Elena (Nina Dobrev), a normal girl who ends up having her love disputed by brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). The series was so successful that it yielded two puppies: The Originals (2013-2018) and Legacies;
- Barred at the Ball: The New Generation (Globoplay): Direct sequel to the classic Barred at the Ball (1990-2000), The Next Generation centered on brothers Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds), two teenagers who move with their family from upstate Kansas to the trendy neighborhood from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, home to many rich and spoiled young people. Despite bringing in cast actors from the original series, the new version made significant changes to the story to make the plot more diverse;
- Sandy e Junior (Globoplay): A landmark on Globo’s Sunday afternoons, Sandy and Junior featured the musician brothers in fictional versions of themselves as they faced dramas of teenage life during high school and college. The series revealed names such as Paulinho Vilhena, Fernanda Paes Leme, Marcos Mion and Wagner Santisteban.