A Back-to-School Open Thread

I can tell by all the new Facebook photos of kiddies in backpacks and statuses groaning about grad school that it’s back-to-school time. Of course, the numerous commercials promoting markers, crayons, and glitter — lots of glitter — gave it away, too. So in the spirit of scholarly wisdom, let’s talk TV.

What’s your favorite campus-based series?

There are so many options here. My first thought, of course, was Saved by the Bell. After all, by the time I get my books and I give myself a look, I’m at the corner just in time to watch the bus fly by. When your theme song chats buses, school bells, and general tardiness, it’s all about the high school. Plus, you’ve got cheerleaders, lockers, and one Zack Morris speaking to the camera.

But you know, there is another favorite — one of my all-time TV shows. Hello, can we get a Buf-fay? That’s right. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, in fact, a story about high school (then college). Definitely a keeper.

Finally, let’s give a hand for Gilmore Girls. The whole series is built on the premise of Rory going to Chilton. Definitely quality.

So I’ve run the gamut. From directly high school to premises to the background for demon slaying. So what’s your favorite? Can I get a rah rah rah for your favorite campus-based TV show?

Oh, Saved by the Bell. If only I could find the Tiger cheer. But hey, if you want more cheerleading, check this out from Buffy (the movie).

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4 thoughts on “A Back-to-School Open Thread

  1. Breaker High! It’s where my love for Ryan Gosling started (he played the nerd, but I saw potential).

  2. Gossip Girl… very entertaining for a few years there. Plus, I had the luxury of being out of high school at that point. Whew.

  3. Gotta go with Undeclared. Always Undeclared. Early Seth Rogen is hilarious. Of course, every character in that show is hilarious.

    Other notables worth mentioning mentioned:

    Freaks And Geeks (More early Apatow.)
    Joan of Arcadia
    Community
    Boston Public (Mainly because of Chi McBride. Every principal should be so badass.)
    Boston Common (I haven’t watched an episode in 10 years, so this may be based only on nostalgia.)

    Speaking of which, it should be noted that Patrick Fabian should get some sort of weird type-casty shout-out here. I mean, he was Prof Lasky in Saved By The Bell: The College Years, the assistant principal Gavin Price in JoA, and the initial casting of the Prof Reed in the pilot ep of Boston Common. (According to IMDB, he was also a recurring professor character in Veronica Mars.)

    Also, best campus movie? Dead Man on Campus. Hysterical.

  4. I love it when I alter a statement, but don’t finish clearing out the old phrasing. It leaves phrases like “Other notables worth mentioning mentioned”.

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