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The Greatest TV Shows About College 

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Updated April 29, 2020 877 votes 240 voters 12k views 29 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, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

Premiered: 2009

Community (NBC, 2009) is an American comedy television series created by Dan Harmon. After being disbarred for faking his college degree, a narcissist lawyer (Joel McHale) enrolls in community ...more

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GRΣΣK is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Clark Duke, Jacob Zachar, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2007

Greek (ABC Family, 2007) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Patrick Sean Smith. Looking to leave his nerdy past behind him, a college freshman (Jacob Zachar) decides to ...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

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

Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. In the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a thirty-something single mother ...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

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Dear White People is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

Premiered: 2017

Dear White People (2017, Netflix) is an American satirical comedy-drama television series created by Justin Simien, and based on his 2014 film of the same name. A group of black students at a ...more

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Grown-ish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Chris Parnell

Premiered: 2018

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

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Teddy Dunn

Premiered: 2004

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

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A Different World is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Lisa Bonet, Kadeem Hardison, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 1987

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Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

Premiered: 2001

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd

Premiered: 2015

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Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams

Premiered: 1998

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

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Normal People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Paul Mescal, Eliot Salt

Premiered: 2020

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Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry

Premiered: 1990

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

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Hellcats is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Aly Michalka, Ashley Tisdale, Robbie Jones

Premiered: 2010

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Saved by the Bell: The C... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
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Premiered: 1993

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Felicity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley

Premiered: 1998

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Coach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares

Premiered: 1989

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Resident Advisors is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Andrew Bachelor, Jamie Chung, Juliette Goglia

Premiered: 2015

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How I Met Your Mother is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About College
Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders

Premiered: 2005

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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
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