Gen Z is the first generation to grow up with technology all around them. With technology comes endless possibilities, including the ability to watch whatever you want, from Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula” to “Avengers Endgame.”
With new TV shows and movies coming out all the time, Gen Z has chosen a select few to call their favorite. Most of our shows deal with real-life problems that some people never see. Here are some series that prominently feature Gen Z characters getting into situations any post-millennial would be able to relate to.
1. “Euphoria” (HBO) is an American drama television series that takes a look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love and violence. 2. “Atypical” (Netflix) is a coming of age TV show created and written by Robia Rashid. Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, looks for a girlfriend, while his mom (Jennifer Jason Leigh) goes on her life-changing path. 3. “End of the F***ing World” (Netflix) is an eight-part British absurdist dark comedy-drama television series based on the comic series by Charles S. Forsman. James, 17, believes he is a psychopath. After meeting rebellious schoolmate Alyssa, he falls in love with her. At the same time, they both embark on a road trip. 4. “On My Block” (Netflix) is a coming of age TV show created by Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft. In an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood, four teens – a tomboy (Sierra Capri), a reluctant gangster (Diego Tinoco), a math genius (Jason Genao) and a nerd (Brett Gray) – find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school together.
Gen Z’s preference in TV shows is very different than in past generations. They focus on real-life issues and problems are not swept under the rug. Gen Z also is ditching cable TV and focusing on streaming services such as HBO, Netflix and Disney+.
Chloe Berg is a Leavenworth native and a freshman at Benedictine College.