Class is in Session: The Top 10 High School Shows

My So Called Life

My So Called Life

First Aired: 1994-08-01
Network: ABC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Claire Danes, A.J. Langer, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Tom Irwin
Top Attributes: Interwoven Storylines, Ensemble Cast, Drama, High School
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, 90210, Beverly Hills, 90210

Description: "My So-Called Life" is a realistic mid-nineties teen drama series that takes a look at a 15 year-old girl and her trials and tribulations with being a teenager and dealing with friends, guys, parents and school.

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

First Aired: 1999-09-25
Network: NBC
Runtime: 60
Starring: John Francis Daley, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, James Franco, Samm Levine
Top Attributes: Cult Hit, Family, Geekiness, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: Hung, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, My So-Called Life, Gary Unmarried, Skins

Description: The universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama. Revolving around the lives of freak and geek siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir, the show studies the everyday fears, humiliations and little triumphs of adolescents past, present and, no doubt, future,too.

One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

First Aired: 2003-09-23
Network: The CW
Runtime: 60
Starring: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Bethany Joy Lenz, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton
Top Attributes: Family, Targeted to Young Demographic, Teen Presence, Drama
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, My So-Called Life, Beverly Hills, 90210, 90210, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Description: This series follows the eventful lives of some high-school kids in Tree Hill, a small but not too quiet town in North Carolina, where the greatest source of pride is the high school basketball team, the Ravens, since living memory coached by old Whitey Durham. Its greatest talent ever was Dan Scott, who now runs a successful car dealership. The present talents are his two sons, Nathan Scott, a beautiful and popular athlete, the absolute star, who was molded and stifled by his proud dad, ambitious Dan Scott, who pushes him harder then even the coach approves of, but rather neglected by his spoiled, impulsive mother Deb, an alcoholic, and Lucas, abandoned at birth with his devoted mother, hard-working café-owner Karen Roe, who grew up with Dan's older but poor brother Keith as substitute father as a social reject, only playing hoops on a public yard in the park with street-kids, his passion being reading; when an incident forces the coach to replace suspended players

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

First Aired: 1997-03-10
Network: The WB
Runtime: 40
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg
Top Attributes: Supernatural, Drama, Geekiness, Strong Female Lead
Similar Shows: Eastwick, Charmed, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Angel

Description: In every generation there is a Chosen One. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as Buffy Summers, The Chosen One, the one girl in all the world with the strength and skill to fight the vampires. With the help of her close friends, Willow (Alyson Hannigan ), Xander (Nicholas Brendon), and her Watcher Giles (Anthony Stewart Head) she balances slaying, family, friendships, and relationships.

Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

First Aired: 2004-09-22
Network: The CW
Runtime: 60
Starring: Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra
Top Attributes: Drama, Teen Presence, School, High School
Similar Shows: Revenge, Weeds, The O.C., Pretty Little Liars, Ringer

Description: In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, California, the rich and powerful make the rules. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars, a smart, fearless 17-year-old apprentice private investigator. During the day, Veronica must negotiate high school like any average teenage girl. But at night, she helps with her father's struggling private investigator business.

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

First Aired: 1988
Network: ABC
Runtime: 30
Starring: Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano

Description:The Wonder Years tells the story of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) facing the trials and tribulations of youth while growing up during the 1960s. Told through narration from an adult Kevin (Daniel Stern), Kevin faces the difficulties of mantaining relationships and friendships on his enthralling journey into adulthood

The O.C.

The O.C.

First Aired: 2003-08-05
Network: FOX
Runtime: 60
Starring: Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie, Mischa Barton, Willa Holland, Autumn Reeser
Top Attributes: Teen Presence, Drama, High School, Beautiful People
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, Gossip Girl, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210

Description: The O.C. is an idyllic paradise, a wealthy, harbour-front community where everything and everyone appears to be perfect. But beneath the surface is a world of shifting loyalties and identities, of kids living secret lives hidden from their parents, and of parents living secret lives hidden from their children. 'The O.C.' tells the story of the Cohen, Cooper, and Nichol families, and Ryan Atwood, a troubled teen from the wrong side of the tracks, who is thrust into this world, and who will forever change the lives of the residents of The O.C.

Summer Heights High

Summer Heights High

First Aired: 2007
Network: HBO
Runtime: 30
Starring: Chris Lilley, David Lennie, Kristy Barnes-Cullen

Description: Chris Lilley, creator of "We Can Be Heroes" brings a whole new meaning to high school with his various characters in his new ABC comedy "Summer Heights High" which include Mr G, Ja'mie and Jonah. Lilley stars as all three characters in this comedy which small issues become huge and social groups are important.

Skins

Skins

First Aired: 2007-01-25
Network: E4
Runtime: 50
Starring: Hannah Murray, Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Sean Teale, Jessica Sula
Top Attributes: School, High School, Ensemble Cast, Targeted to Young Demographic
Similar Shows: Dawson's Creek, My So-Called Life, Beverly Hills, 90210, 90210, The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Description: Fast-paced and full of angst-ridden fun, this British drama may be based on teenage characters and aimed at a teenage audience, but its content is strictly adult. Watch as eleven teens struggle with highly-charged issues of race, religion, sexuality, drugs, and food disorders. With a solid set of good actors, expect the drama to consist of a lot of well-played emotional ups and downs.

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

First Aired: 2006-10-03
Network: NBC
Runtime: 60
Starring: Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Taylor Kitsch, Aimee Teegarden, Scott Porter
Top Attributes: Sports, Drama, Serial, Teen Presence
Similar Shows: The Secret Life of the American Teenager, 7th Heaven, One Tree Hill, Dawson's Creek, Life Unexpected

Description: Expanding on the hit feature film and best-selling book "Friday Night Lights," this award-winning series centers on life in Dillon, Texas, where high school football brings the community together -- and the drama of small town life threatens to tear it apart.

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