High school is a defining time for teenagers. It’s a time to figure out who they are and who they can become. It is a time wedged between childhood and adulthood, filled with painful, poignant, and wondrous firsts. Television series often mirror our own high school experiences or the ones we wish we had. Through our favorite shows, we can relive our own formative years or reimagine them as we wish they had happened, living vicariously through television characters.
Stacker surveyed TV history and chose 25 of the best series about high school life. To qualify, the show had to have at least a 6.5 on IMDb and have 10,000 votes. Shows are organized by IMDb user rating.
These shows filled with teen angst, first loves, bitter betrayals, and tight-knit bonds represent every high school group from nerds to jocks. The list includes shows from every genre. They are about a popular comic book that gets a dark makeover, an animated superhero who fights crime when she isn’t cheerleading, two stepbrothers finding common ground though they are polar opposites, vampire brothers who fall in love with a local high school girl, and two siblings as they try to figure out where they fit in their 1980s suburban Michigan high school.
Join Stacker as we cruise the corridors of some of the coolest high schools on the small screen and explore 25 of the best TV shows set in high school.
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