Entertainment
408 voters

The Greatest TV Shows About College

Updated January 22, 2021 1.6k votes 408 voters 22.3k views31 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.

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    153
    48

    Community

    Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs

    Premiered2009

    Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After...  more

    More Community 

    Fan Theories About 'Community'#80 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

  • 2
    111
    28

    Blue Mountain State

    Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson

    Premiered2010

    Blue Mountain State is an American comedy series that premiered on Spike on January 11, 2010....  more
  • 3
    86
    29

    GRΣΣK

    Clark Duke, Jacob Zachar

    Premiered2007

    Greek (ABC Family, 2007) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Patrick Sean...  more

    More GRΣΣK 

    #57 of 81 The Best And Nicest Feel-Good TV Shows#1244 of 1,313 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

  • 4
    75
    34

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Premiered2014

    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series...  more

    More How to Get Away with Murder 

    The Best Characters On 'How To Get Away With Murder'#9 of 79 The Best ABC Shows of All Time

  • 5
    76
    39

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy...  more

    More Gilmore Girls 

    'Gilmore Girls' Memes That Give Us All The Feels And Make Us Want To Binge Watch AgainAll of the Love Interests on Gilmore Girls, Ranked

  • 6
    67
    33

    Grown-ish

    Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson

    Premiered2018

    Grown-ish (Freeform, 2018) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of Black-ish created by...  more

    More Grown-ish 

    The Best Episodes of 'Grown-ish'#5 of 88 The Best Black TV Shows of the Last Few Years

  • 7
    60
    32

    Dear White People

    Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell

    Premiered2017

    Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series...  more

    More Dear White People 

    #79 of 468 The Best New Netflix Original Series of the Last Few Years#44 of 56 The Best New Shows of the Last Few Years That You've Been Missing Out On

  • 8
    49
    27

    The Magicians

    Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve

    Premiered2015

    The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and...  more

    More The Magicians 

    Ranking the Best Seasons of 'The Magicians'#8 of 84 The Best Syfy Original Shows

  • 9
    21
    4

    Normal People

    Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal

    Premiered2020

    Normal People (Hulu, BBC, 2020) is a television drama series based on the novel of the same...  more

    More Normal People 

    #95 of 143 The Best High School TV Shows#34 of 87 The Best Hulu Original Series

  • 10
    34
    22

    Veronica Mars

    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III

    Premiered2004

    Veronica Mars (UPN, 2004) is an American teen noir mystery drama television series created by...  more

    More Veronica Mars 

    All The Insanely Famous People Who Guest Starred On Veronica Mars#127 of 305 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

  • 11
    33
    22

    A Different World

    Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison

    Premiered1987

    A Different World (NBC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Bill Cosby, and a spin-off of...  more

    More A Different World 

    #229 of 290 The Greatest Sitcoms in Television History#39 of 54 The Best NBC Comedies Of All Time

  • 12
    26
    16

    Felicity

    Keri Russell, Scott Speedman

    Premiered1998

    Felicity is an American prime time television drama series that was created by J. J. Abrams...  more

    More Felicity 

    #93 of 223 The Greatest TV Shows for Women#29 of 43 The Best '90s TV Dramas

  • 13
    28
    18

    Scream Queens

    Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Premiered2015

    Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan...  more

    More Scream Queens 

    #15 of 15 15 Stupid TV Shows That Are Secretly Brilliant#19 of 35 These Teen Screams Are Your Watchlist Dreams: The Best Of Teen Horror TV

  • 14
    27
    22

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more

    More Boy Meets World 

    26 Things You Didn't Know About Boy Meets World#107 of 160 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

  • 15
    27
    23

    Undeclared

    Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo

    Premiered2001

    Undeclared is an American sitcom that aired on Fox during the 2001–02 season. The show has...  more

    More Undeclared 

    #44 of 308 The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season#510 of 631 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch

  • 16
    Deaf U (Netflix, 2020) is an American Netflix docuseries produced by deaf activist, model and...  more

    More Deaf U 

    #253 of 329 The Best 2020 Original Streaming Platform Shows#144 of 605 The Best New TV Shows Of 2020

  • 17
    21
    15

    Dawson's Creek

    James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes

    Premiered1998

    Dawson's Creek (The WB, 1998) is an American teen drama television series created by Kevin...  more

    More Dawson's Creek 

    #60 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time#48 of 74 The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s

  • 18
    17
    12

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series...  more

    More Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

    All Of The Behind-The-Scenes Drama From 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' And 'Angel'#8 of 32 The Best UPN Shows

  • 19
    14
    10

    Beverly Hills, 90210

    Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty

    Premiered1990

    Beverly Hills, 90210 (Fox, 1990) is an American teen drama television series created by Darren...  more

    More Beverly Hills, 90210 

    Behind-The-Scenes Drama That Fueled 'Beverly Hills, 90210' In The '90s#41 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasons

  • 20
    1
    1

    Bridge and Tunnel

    Sam Vartholomeos, Caitlin Stasey

    Premiered2021

    Bridge and Tunnel (Epix, 2021) is an American comedy drama series created by Edward Burns. Set...  more

    More Bridge and Tunnel 

    #118 of 176 The Best New TV Shows Of 2021#105 of 151 The Best New Comedy Shows of the Last Few Years

  • 21
    13
    9

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC, 1996) is an American sitcom created by Nell Scovell and is...  more

    More Sabrina the Teenage Witch 

    #22 of 59 The Best Teen Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Series#174 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • 22
    11
    7

    Hellcats

    Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale

    Premiered2010

    Hellcats is an American cheerleading comedy-drama television series that originally aired on...  more
  • 23
    17
    19

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen

    Premiered1993

    Saved by the Bell: The College Years is a sequel to the Saved by the Bell series which ran...  more

    More Saved by the Bell: The College Years 

    #75 of 83 The Best After School Shows from the '90s#5 of 85 The Worst TV Spin-Offs

  • 24
    20
    25

    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Jason Segel

    Premiered2005

    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more

    More How I Met Your Mother 

    The Real Reasons Why 'How I Met Your Mother' Is Better Than 'Friends'#10 of 79 The Best CBS Shows of All Time

  • 25
    9
    9

    Sweet Vicious

    Eliza Bennett, Taylor Dearden
    Sweet/Vicious (MTV, 2016) is an American television series created by Jennifer Kaytin...  more