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The Greatest TV Shows About College 

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Updated December 10, 2018 644 votes 162 voters 6.7k views 28 items

College life is one of the most idealized times for many adults, as depicted in numerous college TV shows. The people who lived through their college years often look back with nostalgia while the children looking forward to it idealize it as the best time in their lives. The reality is often a mix of people trying to "adult" while entertaining the more depraved aspects of their personality. Whatever your particular experience in college, odds are some of the many TV shows about college life mirror your own experiences.

While the concept of a college life is generally more associated with films like Animal House, PCU, and Old School (among other top college movies), there are dozens of great examples found on the small screen. Shows like the popular sitcom Undeclared feature the life of a college freshman who doesn't really know what he (and many of the people around him) wants. Other shows like Community are less about education and more about the interpersonal relationships of a group of friends set in a community college. Most of the choices in this list of the best shows about college are firmly set in the comedy genre, but others can be found in romance, drama, and many more. 

For more recommendations on good shows about college, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing! Of course, if you've seen any of the series listed below, be sure to vote them up to help determine which is best.

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Community is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Comedy Central, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Community is an American television sitcom created by Dan Harmon that premiered on NBC on September 17, 2009. The single-camera series follows an ensemble cast of students at a community college ...more

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Greek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Clark Duke, Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 74

Network: ABC Family

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Greek is an American comedy-drama television series that ran from July 9, 2007 to March 7, 2011 on ABC Family. The series follows students of the fictitious Cyprus-Rhodes University, located in ...more

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Blue Mountain State is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Spike

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Comedy

Blue Mountain State is an American comedy series that premiered on Spike on January 11, 2010. The series producers include Chris Romano and Eric Falconer, and it is produced by Lionsgate ...more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. On October 5, 2000, the series debuted on the WB to widespread ...more

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

Network: Freeform

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Sitcom

Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by Kenya Barris. When Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) heads off to college to begins her ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Undeclared is an American sitcom that aired on Fox during the 2001–02 season. The show has developed a cult following. In 2012, Entertainment Weekly listed the show at #16 in the "25 Best ...more

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Satire

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series based on Justin Simien's 2014 film of the same name. It follows a group of students of color at a ...more

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 64

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Comedy, + more

Veronica Mars (UPN, The CW, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. After her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) is murdered, and her father ...more

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Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama

Hellcats is an American cheerleading comedy-drama television series that originally aired on The CW in the United States from September 8, 2010 to May 17, 2011. Based on the book Cheer: Inside ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 296

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Teen drama, Drama

Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 128

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Teen drama, Drama, Serial

Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd
Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more

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Coach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sitcom, Comedy

Coach is an American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. The series stars Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional Division I-A college ...more

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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Felicity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: The WB 100+ Station Group

Genres (Tv): Drama

Felicity is an American prime time television drama series that was created by J. J. Abrams and Matt Reeves and produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB Television ...more

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Saved by the Bell: The C... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 19

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran from May 22, 1993 to February 8, 1994, lasting one season. It was the third incarnation of the ...more

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Resident Advisors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Andrew Bachelor, Jamie Chung, Juliette Goglia

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Resident Advisors (Hulu, 2015) is an American comedy series created by Alex J. Reid, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Natalia Anderson. The show follows group of resident advisors in a college
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That's So Raven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown, Anneliese van der Pol

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Disney Channel, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Children's television series, Comedy, + more

That's So Raven is an American supernatural teen sitcom television series. It debuted on the Disney Channel on January 17, 2003, and ended its run on November 10, 2007. The show spawned Disney ...more

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Boston Common is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Anthony Clark, Hedy Burress, Traylor Howard

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 32

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Boston Common is an American television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996 to 1997 and set in Boston. It starred Anthony Clark and was one of the 10 highest rated shows in its first season as it ...more
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Sweet Vicious is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Eliza Bennett, Taylor Dearden, Brandon Mychal Smith
Sweet/Vicious (MTV, 2016) is an American television series created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. College students Jules (Eliza Bennett) and Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) take on double lives as ...more