For those of us that have been to camp, we know there's no shortage of stories to tell about the crazy, funny, dramatic, and sometimes horrible things that happen when a bunch of strangers are crammed into a few cabins in the middle of nowhere. For those of us that haven't been to camp, well, there's always TV to live that experience from the comfort of your own couch. Trust us, it's better that way.
Whether you've never been out of the city or you've spent all of your summers roughing it in the mess hall and on the bottom bunk, sometimes the best way to understand a concept as life-changing as camp is to watch how others deal with it. In our current age of television, the best TV shows about camp are often humorous, ridiculous looks at the lives of the campers and counselors that make up this strange human tradition in the wilderness. These TV shows set in summer camps and during summer vacation can range from cheesy sitcoms to bizarre alt-comedy streaming shows (we're looking at you Wet Hot American Summer), but what they all have in common is that they perfectly capture that mix of dread and excitement that comes along with going to a camp free from parents and the stresses of everyday life. One thing all of these summer camp shows share is the amount of trouble characters can get up to in such a short time.
So grab your bathing suit, prepare yourself for sharing a bathroom with 30 other people, spray on a ton of insect repellant, and vote up your favorite from this list of shows about camp.
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Camp name: Camp AnawannaSalute Your Shorts is an American comedy television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1992 and in reruns until early 1999. It was based on the 1986 book, Salute Your Shorts: Life at Summer Camp by Steve Slavkin and Thomas Hill. The series, filmed at Franklin Canyon Park and the Griffith Park Boys Camp within Griffith Park in Los Angeles, was set at the summer camp Camp Anawanna. It focuses on teenage campers, their strict and bossy counselor, and the various capers and jocularities they engage in. The title comes from a common prank campers play on each other: a group of kids steals a boy's boxer shorts and raise them up a flagpole. Hence, when people see them waving like a... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson
- Premiered: 1991
- Photo: Disney XD
Camp name:Gravity Falls is an American animated television series created by animator Alex Hirsch for Disney Channel, now on Disney XD. The series follows the adventures of Dipper Pines and his twin sister Mabel in the fictional town of Gravity Falls, Oregon, while on summer vacation. At the start of the series, twins Dipper and Mabel are sent to spend the summer with their great-uncle Stan, in the mysterious town full of unexpected situations that involve various paranormal and supernatural creatures. Grunkle Stan has the kids help him run The Mystery Shack, the tourist trap that he owns. The twins try to adapt to the weird surroundings but sense there is something strange about Gravity Falls and... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal
- Premiered: 2012
- Photo: flickr / CC0
Camp name: Camp FirewoodWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (Netflix, 2015) is a comedy web television series written by David Wain and Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. First Day of Camp Follows the counselors (Janeane Garofalo) and campers (Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, and Paul Rudd) on their first day at Camp Firewood in the summer of 1981.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
- Premiered: 2015
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
Camp name: Camp FirewoodWet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is a 2017 Netflix comedy series directed by David Wain. Set in 1991 in both the camp and New York City, the show is a sequel to 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, and the 2015 prequel television series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.... more on Wikipedia
- Actors: Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino