The Best High School TV Shows TV Programs
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The Best High School TV Shows

List Criteria: Teen television series that focus on the high school years.

The best high school TV shows include fantastic dramas that highlight the ups and downs of teenagers. In some cases, these shows include elements of the supernatural or science fiction. These high school shows are also filled with many social issues that teens face while they're growing up: teen pregnancy, drug use and of course, the all-encompassing peer pressure. This list includes some of the greatest high school television shows from several decades, so be sure to vote. If your favorite teen high school TV show isn't listed, add it, and feel free to re-rank this list in any order you choose.

Any great coming of age high school TV show includes tons of teen angst. That's mainly why so many of the best high school television shows listed here are dramas, because being a teenager is, well, pretty darn dramatic most of the time. The characters in these great teen drama TV shows experience the highest highs and the lowest lows -- a roller coaster of emotions, and we're right there with them for the crazy ride, tissues in hand.

Is it any wonder that several shows listed here are among the all-time top cult TV shows? Sadly, despite excellent reviews from critics and a loyal cult following, some of these outstanding high school TV shows didn't last as long as they should have. Examples of teen TV shows canceled before their time include 'Freaks and Geeks,' 'My So-Called Life,' 'Veronica Mars' and 'Friday Night Lights' (though thankfully the latter was picked up and had a decent series wrap-up).Enjoy voting for your favorite high school shows, and don't forget: You can add to this list and/or re-rank it accordingly.
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    Freaks and Geeks

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    The Wonder Years

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    Fame

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    The Facts of Life

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    The Brady Bunch

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    Welcome Back, Kotter

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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

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    Square Pegs

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