Things That Happen In High School Teen Dramas That Never Happen In Real Life

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Vote up the most ridiculous things adult writers assume teens get up to.

Cheerleading squads, love triangles turned octagons, 30-year-old actors sporting backpacks: who doesn't love unrealistic high school TV shows? High school can be a pretty dramatic place in real life, but the writers of these teen shows have taken some (absurd) liberties for the sake of entertainment.

When it comes to unrealistic teen dramas set in high school, you have plenty of binge-worthy options to choose from. Want over-the-top depictions of massive, booze-drenched parties? Try The O.C. Do you love the catty remarks of HBICs? Put on an episode of Riverdale, where the razor-sharp banter is actually the most relatable aspect of the whole thing. And then there are the bizarre takes on school itself. Did anyone actually have constant free periods like the kids do on 13 Reasons Why?

While the hallways and lockers might have you feeling nostalgic for your own alma mater, some of the plotlines will make you laugh, because they're the least high school things on TV. From the cheesy to the weird, these tropes can be found in classic teen sitcoms and dramas as well as shows on the air today. Read on for the least realistic things in high school dramas. 

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    Everything About The School Dances

    Everything About The School Dances
    Photo: MTV

    The gym did not look that good. People were not dancing like that. Everybody's parents did not also attend the dance to relive their high school glory days or to "chaperone." Nobody spiked a public punch bowl. Nobody gave a dramatic speech. There wasn't a murderous vampire roaming the unlit hallways. Prom was pretty boring.

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    Massive Outdoor Parties With Underage Drinking

    Massive Outdoor Parties With Underage Drinking
    Photo: Fox

    Lets be real, if you were drinking in high school, you were sipping on a water bottle of vodka stolen from your parents and you were doing it with maybe 10 people in a dingy unfinished basement. You WEREN'T throwing wild parties with hundreds of minors at your dad's not-at-all secluded beach house, a la Nathan Scott of One Tree Hill or Holly Fischer of The O.C.

    Extra ridiculousness points awarded if the kids hand out flyers for said party.

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    Everybody Dies

    Everybody Dies
    Photo: Freeform

    Do you know what would happen if one of your classmates died under suspicious circumstances every month? You would move! But no, the towns of high school teen dramas seem to be alright with the fact that a student dies or is seriously injured by a car crash, drug overdose, or psycho killer every now and again. They could even have their daughters terrorized by a violent anonymous stalker for years and still not consider moving! That's community right there.

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    Zero Parental Supervision

    Zero Parental Supervision
    Photo: Fox

    According to teen TV shows, every town has one good, caring parent. A Karen Scott, if you will. A Rufus Humphrey. A Sandy Cohen. Every other parent is either a really, really bad parent, or they're just gone, using a flimsy excuse of work or money to not live in the same city as their teenaged child. Absentee parents might be a thing, but an entire suburb of unsupervised teens living alone in mansions isn't. On the bright side, without all those silly parents in the way, the underage drinking and sex can ensue without interruption!