The 20 Greatest High School Shows Of All Time

by Sara on January 12, 2009

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Here at Sugarslam we have taken a poll and determined our Top 20 High School Shows! This was a VERY close decision and our Top 10 is packed with phenomenal television shows! After much debate, here is our list! Enjoy!

20. Party of 5

When it ran: 1994 – 2000

Starring: Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Lacy Chabert and Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Plot: When Nick and Diana Salinger are killed in a terrible car crash, their five children are left -all alone. Oldest son, Charlie , steps in to raise his younger siblings. Bailey attempts to help keep it all together but falls into his own struggles with alcoholism. There is oldest daughter Julia, a young girl who keeps jumping from one bad relationship to another. Claudia , the youngest girl that plays the violin, who has to enter adolescence without any help of parents, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died and thus will never know how it feels like to have a mother and a father. ‘Party’ also introduced us to Jennifer Love Hewitt as Bailey’s girlfriend, Sarah Reeves.

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19. The Secret Life of the American Teenager

When it ran: 2008 – Present

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Molly Ringwald

The Plot: When 15 year-old Amy Jurgens becomes pregnant at Band camp, we watch as she decides not only how to process her pregnancy but we’re along for the ride of telling her family, friends and father of the baby. The ABCfamily original series debuted in July 2008 and has quickly established a large and faithful fan-base. I’m sure this series will prove to be a great one!

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18. Fame

When it ran: 1982 – 1987

Starring: Debbie Allen, Albert Hague, Carol Mayo Jenkins

The Plot: The 1980 movie, the musical show follows students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Episodes tackle serious topics, but smoothed over with singing and dancing.

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17. Welcome Back, Kotter!

When it ran: 1975-1979

Starring: Gabriel Kaplan, Marcia Strassman, John Travolta

The Plot: Gabe Kotter, a wise-cracking teacher who returns to his high school alma mater -the fictional James Buchanan High in Brooklyn, New York to teach a group of remedial wiseguys known as the “Sweathogs.” The school’s principal dismissed them as worthless hoodlums and only expected Kotter to attempt to control them until they inevitably dropped out. Kotter learns how to keep the kids in line, while dealing with their antics!

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16. 21 Jump Street

When it ran: 1987 – 1991

Starring: Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson, Peter DeLuise

The Plot: This wasn’t just your typical cop drama! 21 Jump Street followed Officer Tom Hanson and his fellow police officers, all who just happened to look young enough to go undercover in high schools. Each episode covered typical teenage problems and tempations, drugs abuse, alcoholism, AIDS and racism. The pilot was originally filmed without Johnny Depp but was reshot to include Depp before it aired. All episodes were followed immediately by public service announcements.

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15. Happy Days

When it ran: 1974-1984

Starring: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Anson Williams

The Plot: We follow the Cunningham family as Richie and Joanie grow-up during the 1950-1960s. Richie has as group of friends from school that he runs with, Potsie and Ralph and eventually high-school drop-out Arthur Fonzarelli, more affectionately known as “The Fonz”. Richie (Ron Howard) was eventually written-out of the show to enlist in the military. Happy Days spawned several successful spinoffs including Joanie Loves Chachi, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy.

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14. Growing Pains

When it ran: 1985-1992

Starring: Joanna Kearns, Alan Thicke, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller

The Plot: If you were a teenager during the mid-late Eighties you were a fan of Mike Seaver! The classic class-clown spent his days tormenting his perfect-grades sister, Carol, his little brother Ben and of course his parents Maggie & Jason. Everyone has to remember the episode where Mike writes all the answers on the bottome of his show??!! Growing Pains brought us many moments of laughter and of course many versions of their classic theme song!!

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13. The OC

When it ran: 2003 -2007

Starring: Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Benjamin Mackenzie, Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson

The Plot: Ryan Atwood is a troubled teenage youth from the wrong side of the tracks in LA and when he gets the boot from his own house, he winds up living with one of the most wealthy family’s in Orange County (The OC). The show follows Ryan in his adjustment to his new way of life and his interaction with the other teens, Seth, Marissa, and Summer. With more twists and turns than expected for a night-time soap opera, The OC always left its fans wanting more, including when it ended in 2007, after only its 4th season.

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12. Boy Meets World

When it ran: 1993 – 2000

Starring: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle

The Plot: Through the eyes of Cory Matthews, he watches his life change as he and his group of friends grow-up. Family issues are tackled with big brother Eric and little sister Morgan. We watch Cory fall in love with Topanga and take the ride of his life, everyday with best friend, Shawn. Guided by teachers and loving parents Boy meets World ranks at number 12 on our list!

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11. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

When it ran: 1990 – 1996

Starring: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Riberio

The Plot: A troubled teen heads from his life on the rough streets of Philadelphia to the sweet life with his Aunt & Uncle in their Bel-Air Mansion. We follow Will though his adjustments of fitting in with his new family, stuck-up cousins, a coy butler, all the while bringing the family together. Fresh Prince brought Will Smith into the world of Pop Culture, which, who isn’t thankful for that?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa February 25, 2009 at 8:21 am

Don’t laugh at this! Just do it
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mins after they read the mail so I thought what the heck
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you
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Make your wish when the count down is over
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
MAKE A WISH
Send this to 10 videos within the hour you read this.
If you do, your wish will come true

kyirraw April 6, 2009 at 2:40 am

Don’t laugh at this! Just do it
Start thinking something you really really want cause this is
astounding the person that sent this to me said their wish came true 10
mins after they read the mail so I thought what the heck
You have just been visited by DrSuess’s Cat in the Hat. He will grant
you
one wish
Make your wish when the count down is over
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
MAKE A WISH
Send this to 10 videos within the hour you read this.
If you do, your wish will come true

solomonboadi November 6, 2009 at 5:58 am

i love u all girls and woman

Brittanie March 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm

First off Its greatest high school shows, so why should they have put Charmed or Smallville? One Tree Hill should have been on there and in the top five. Some of these shows didnt even make it over a few seasons. This list is horrible if you ask me. Although there is some good shows, but many great ones are missed.

Liam July 20, 2010 at 5:23 am

Two words: VERONICA MARS.

Seriously. VM was better than any of those shows. Only Freaks & Geeks and My So Called Life are close.

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شات الرياض March 15, 2011 at 2:26 am

You have just been visited by DrSuess’s Cat in the Hat. He will grant

Angel March 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

What more can one say about OTH?

“I don’t want to die yet. At least not until One Tree Hill gets canceled…”
– Brittany

That about sums it up – can’t let that crap outlive me.

c1ass September 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

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