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

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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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    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!

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    Sneaking Into The School In The Middle Of The Night

    Sneaking Into The School In The Middle Of The Night
    Photo: The CW

    Apparently all these high schools are so ancient that there's just one master key lying around to break in. Like when the Gossip Girl gang broke into the school pool to throw a late night rager, despite their apparent access to elite hotels which probably had pools they could use. Or when good girl Rory Gilmore broke into the Chilton Dean's office for some girl squad hazing, only to be caught less than two seconds later. Where are these students getting these keys? Do these incredibly wealthy prep schools have no cameras?

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    A Very Questionable Curriculum

    A Very Questionable Curriculum
    Photo: The CW

    In TV show high schools, students don't waste their time learning silly things like calculus or history. No, teachers are going to partner you up (with your crush or your ex) and have you take care of an egg baby while also making a time capsule and writing compliments for each other in paper bags. It's all fluff.

    That is, until the end of the year, when you have to turn in your one paper/project that determines if you pass or fail high school and whether or not you'll go to college, and something inevitably happens to that paper/project. How stressful to be a high school TV teen!

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    Cool Rec Rooms Where You Can Just Hang Out

    Cool Rec Rooms Where You Can Just Hang Out
    Photo: The CW

    Most high school kids looking to hang can maybe find a corner by the staircase to huddle into for a second before being knocked into by a group of people running in the hallway. But the Riverdale kids get to casually investigate murder from the comfort of their very own game room, complete with vending machines, couches, and an air hockey table.

    Other chill hang out areas you might spot in rich TV schools include courtyards, terraces, fountains, and gardens.

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