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Despite the recent upsurge of teen dramas that go beyond boy trouble, sibling rivalry, and love triangles, the genre is still viewed as lovey-dovey fluff with no substance.

At closer glance, however, these shows are more than escapist TV programming. If you take the time to dive deep into the mineshaft that is Netflix, you'll see there are many palatable binging options — no vampire slaying or hooded figure chasing involved.

So here's a list of suggested viewing — some super hyped, some sleeper hits — that cater to broader audiences. Each one has the power to spark conversations about issues that matter.