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: Gravity Falls / Disney1248
Camp name: (okay, it's not a camp specifically, but it's got all the right vibes)Gravity Falls (Disney, 2012) is an American animated fantasy comedy adventure series created by Alex Hirsch. For their summer vacation, 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines are dropped off from their home in Piedmont, California, to the fictitious town of Gravity Falls, Roadkill County, Oregon to spend the summer with their Great Uncle Stan Pines, who runs a tourist trap called the "Mystery Shack". Things are not what they seem in this small town, and with the help of a mysterious journal that Dipper finds in the forest, they begin unraveling the local mysteries.... more
- Actors: Jason Ritter, Alex Hirsch, Kristen Schaal
- Premiered: June 15, 2012
- Photo: user uploaded image
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
- Actors: Kirk Baily, Megan Berwick, Michael Bower, Steve Slavkin, Venus DeMilo
- Premiered: June 1, 1991
- Photo: Disney Channel31110
Camp name: Camp KikiwakaBunk'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.... more
- Actors: Peyton List, Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, Miranda May, Kevin Quinn
- Premiered: 2015
- Photo: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
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
- Actors: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black
- Premiered: August 4, 2017