Teen dramas have been some of TV’s most successful series for decades, and even as audiences grow older, they can’t help but get pulled into the drama, intrigue and romances of the show. Of course, the one thing that makes, breaks and marks the success of any series is the core cast, and teen dramas have seen extremely strong young casts to ones that needed work. Everything from off-screen chemistry to character portrayal have both helped and hindered series, and have made some casts beloved to audiences long after the show has come to an end. Here are the 15 most popular teen series cast ensembles ranked from worst to best:
15. Gossip Girl
There is no doubt that Gossip Girl was a popular series during its six season run on The CW, but it wasn’t necessarily due to an extremely strong cast. At the beginning of the series, audiences were enthralled with seeing the luxurious lives of the “rich kids,” and rooting for Dan and Jenny Humphrey to make their mark as the outsiders, but past the first season things began to fall apart. As young actors it was easy to see that Penn Badgley and Blake Lively had a hard time making the romance convincing which is surprising given their off-screen romance. Additionally, as the storylines became more and more ridiculous it was harder for the stars to make the whole thing convincing. Then it cannot go unmentioned that Taylor Momsen as Jenny quickly became a weak link, and her desire to no longer be on the show was evident, pulling the solidarity of the cast apart even further.