23 High School-Based TV Shows

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Have you ever wondered about the best series depicting high school? Check these out.

1. Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars
One of the biggest days was Alison's return to high school after two years absence, the same time Caleb tested to drop out!

2. Awkward

Probably the most realistic take on high school. Early, the show impart modern slang, real feelings, and parents that can't get over their own glory days. Underneath those funny layers (and some slightly creepy yet awesome "guidance" from Valerie Marks - Guidance Counselor Extraordinaire) the show with a heart of gold paints a new picture for the modern American family. -- Nick McHatton

3. Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth
High school means everything when you need a different type of education, and students even overtook Carlton to keep it for deaf students. These students mean business!

4. The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries
No one ever really had to attend class at Mystic Falls High School to graduate and the job of history teacher is cursed. The good news is there's a different theme dance every week! -- Miranda Wicker

5. The OC

The OC
When troubled youth Ryan Atwood was taken in by Seth Cohen's wealthy family, it was a tough adjustment for both high school students resulting in a terrific fish out of water saga.

6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you think your high school years were bad, try surviving them on the Hellmouth! Students at Sunnydale High learned fast that boyfriends can be vampires, band candy has wicked side effects and the principal really is a demon. -- Christine Orlando

7. Smallville

Yes, Superman went to high school. Clark Kent even played football for the Smallville Crows! Even superheroes need a well-rounded education.

8. Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell
The best lesson I ever learned was that you should never, ever take caffeine pills and push yourself to be a Type A overachiever. Jesse Spano was so excited, she got scared! -- Leigh Raines

9. Roswell

Ulysses F. Olsen High School was infiltrated by aliens, but that didn't mean the kids were allowed to stop going to school!

10. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars
Veronica's good high school education at Neptune High got her into law school and she saved Logan's life years later. Swoon.

11. Popular

As two families merged the high school feud between the popular and not-so-popular step-sisters began. If it aired today, it would last a lot longer than two glorious seasons.

12. One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill
OTH launched itself on the whole basketball aspect and how Lucas joining the team changed his future and his path. Additionally, Lucas joining the Ravens was the catalyst for change in all the other main characters, whether it was meeting, hooking up, friendships, changing perspectives, etc. -- Leigh Raines

13. My So Called Life

My So Called Life
Some superstars walked the halls of Liberty High. Jordan Catalano could lean into a locker like nobody else and his status as Oscar winner and musician suits him as much as Angela's Emmy winning turn as a CIA agent. (Jared Leto and Claire Danes)

14. Glee

Glee brought music, dance and diversity to high school, making both geeks and athletes popular.

15. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights
Centered around the football team, its coach and his wife, nearly every character was in or at the high school. Oh FNL how we miss you.

16. Welcome Back Kotter

Welcome Back Kotter
John Travolta became a sensation as Vinny Barbarino, tossing out cool phrases to his teachers and fellow students like "Up your nose with a rubber hose." Ohhh, scary. Bar bar bar bar bar Barino!

17. Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks
The most successful graduating class of any of the high school series has to be Freaks and Geeks. Can you name these students and where they are now?

18. Fame

Long before Glee, for six seasons students danced in and out of The New York Academy for Performing Arts in the 80s.

19. Dawson's Creek

Dawson's Creek
The series may have centered on Dawson and his friends, but it was Pacey having an affair with his teacher that really put the school into Dawson's Creek!

20. The White Shadow

The White Shadow
Even in the 70s high school was a hot topic. In this instance a white basketball player coaches in a minority school, teaching a lot of life lessons along the way.

21. Degrassi High & New Generation

Degrassi High & New Generation
Can the antics of high school be any more apparent than the fact the cast photo was taken old-school class photo style?

22. Boy Meets World

Boy Meets World
Cory's school problems turned out just fine and he's now raising his own daughter in Girl Meets World!

23. 10 Things I Hate About You

10 Things I Hate About You
Lindsey Shaw played Kat Stratford, and five years later she's still stuck in high school as Paige on Pretty Little Liars!

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