The Greatest TV Shows About Camp

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

Summer camp TV shows bring the fun year-round, and without the hassle of packing. 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.

Photo: Wet Hot American Summer / Netflix

  • 1
    65 votes

    Camp name: (okay, it's not a camp specifically, but it's got all the right vibes)

    The adventures of 12-year old twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines.
    • Actors: Jason Ritter, Kristen Schaal, Alex Hirsch, Linda Cardellini
    • Premiered: June 15, 2012

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  • Salute Your Shorts
    Photo: Salute Your Shorts

    Camp name: Camp Anawanna

    A group of teenagers have adventures while at summer camp.
    • Actors: Kirk Baily, Megan Berwick, Michael Bower, Steve Slavkin, Venus DeMilo
    • Premiered: June 1, 1991

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  • 3
    19 votes

    Camp name: Camp Candy

    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.
    • Actors: John Candy, Eugene Levy, Roddy McDowall, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas
    • Premiered: 1989
  • 4
    38 votes

    Camp name: Camp Kikiwaka

    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.
    • Actors: Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, Miranda May, Kevin Quinn
    • Premiered: 2015
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
    Photo: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

    Camp name: Camp Firewood

    Ten years later, campers and counselors return to camp.
    • Actors: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black
    • Premiered: August 4, 2017

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  • Camp Lakebottom
    Photo: user uploaded image
    22 votes

    Camp Lakebottom

    Camp name: 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 series airs on Disney Channels worldwide, as well as ABC in Australia. On April 7, 2014, Teletoon has renewed the show for a second season of another 26 episodes.
    • Premiered: 2013