Summer The Greatest TV Shows About Camp  

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List Rules Vote up the scripted television shows that center their storyline around camp and summer vacation.

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. Shows like Gravity Falls aren't about summer camp, but about the adventures of the characters while they're sent to visit their uncle during summer vacation - and like all of these summer camp shows the amount of trouble characters can get up to in such a short time is impressive.

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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Salute Your Shorts is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Hugh Dillon, David Paetkau, Amy Jo Johnson
Salute 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 ...more
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Bunk'd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson
Bunk'd (Disney Channel, 2015) is an American sitcom and a spinoff of Jessie. Siblings Emma (Peyton List), Ravi (Karan Brar), and Zuri (Skai Jackson) head off to Camp Kikiwaka for the summer.
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Gravity Falls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal
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 ...more
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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Y... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Janeane Garofalo
Wet 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 ...more
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Camp Candy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
John Candy, Eugene Levy, Roddy McDowall
Camp Candy is a 1989-1992 animated television series produced by DIC Entertainment, with comedian John Candy providing the voice for an animated version of himself.
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Wet Hot American Summer: First... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd
Wet 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 ...more
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Camp Runamuck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Dave Madden, Hermione Baddeley, Frank De Vol
Camp Runamuck is an American sitcom which aired on NBC during the 1965-1966 television season. The series was created and executive produced by David Swift, and aired for 26 episodes.
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Camp Lazlo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Lars Thiesgaard, Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny\
Camp Lazlo is an American animated television series created by Joe Murray and produced by his company Joe Murray Productions with Cartoon Network Studios. The series premiered on Cartoon ...more
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Camp Cucamonga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Camp Cucamonga is a made-for-television movie that was first aired on NBC on September 23, 1990. The family film served primarily as a vehicle to cast a variety of stars from popular TV series ...more
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Huge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Gina Torres, Paul Dooley, Nikki Blonsky
Huge is a short lived American drama series that aired on the ABC Family television network. The series is based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Sasha Paley. The hour-long drama ...more
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Camp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Camp is an American-Australian comedy-drama television series that follows the antics of a group of campers and counselors at a lakeside summer camp named Little Otter Family Camp, run by ...more
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Summer Camp Island is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Elliott Smith, Oona Laurence, Julia Pott
Summer Camp Island (Cartoon Network, 2018) is an American animated television series created by Julia Pott. Two childhood best friends are dropped off at a magical summer camp where many bizarre ...more
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Camp Lakebottom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Camp Lakebottom
Camp Lakebottom is a Canadian animated series produced by 9 Story Media Group that premiered on Teletoon in Canada on July 4, 2013 and on Disney XD in the United States on July 13, 2013. The ...more
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Dead of Summer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail, Amber Coney
Dead of Summer is a 2016 American supernatural horror television series. Set in 1989, school is out for the summer, and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, ...more
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Beaver Falls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Camp
Beaver Falls Alison Doody, Todd Boyce, Jon Cor
Beaver Falls is a British comedy-drama that follows a trio of Oxford Brookes University graduates who managed to deceitfully get jobs at Beaver Falls, an elitist American summer camp for the ...more