As we get ready to go back to school for another year of notebooks, organizers, lunchboxes, and an even mix of A's, D's and detention, we think back to all the great high school comedies. It's sometimes fun to pull them out again and watch an episode or two. Here are the top 20 high school sitcoms to soothe your "back to school" blahs:
1 - Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990 to 1993) the funniest, wittiest sitcom in a high school setting. I still miss this show: Kubiac, Miss Musso, and the unflappable Jerry Steiner.
2 - Boy Meets World ran for 7 years from 1993 to 2000, until Corey and Topanga were too old to be in high school. Still a funny show. The Halloween-episode: And Then There was Shaun is one of the best.
3 - Saved by the Bell (1989 - 1993) One of the most famous high school sitcoms of all time. Zach and Kelly entertained us every Saturday morning on NBC.
4 - Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004 - 2007) one of the most under-appreciated shows on TV. This show was really smart.
5 - Head of the Class (1986 - 1991) Howard Hesseman after WKRP
6 - Degrassi Junior High (1987 - 1989)
7 - Skins, the British comedy/drama about high school kids and sex
8 - Freaks and Geeks, (1999 to 2000) a young all-star cast with Seth Rogan, Joe Flaherty, James Franco and more. Hilarious and sharp, canceled after 1 season. That's TV for ya!
9 - Even Stevens starring a younger better acting Shia LaBeouf. He lost some of his talent after this.
10 - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992 to 1997)
11 - Teachers (2006 NBC) actually sometimes funny, but didn't last.
12 - California Dreams (1992 - 1996)
13 - 10 Things I Hate About You, the sitcom unsuccessfully tried to copy the movie - one of the best movies of 2000, but a mediocre TV show.
14 - USA High (1997-99), a failed sitcom where oddly all the high school students were played by 30 year-old actors.
15 - Square Pegs (1982-83) Sarah Jessica Parker before her Sex in the City day,
16 - Drexell's Class (1991-92) with our only recurring cast member: Matthew Lawrence was also in Boy Meets World at no. 2
17 - Student Bodies (1997 - 2000)
18 - Welcome Back, Kotter (1975 - 1979) starring John Travolta and a chronically unfunny Gabe Kaplan.
19 - The Marshall Chronicles (1990)
20 - Running the Halls (1993) was an attempt to copy the Parker Lewis CL style, but couldn't pull it off, and was canceled in its first season.
Teen sitcoms that sometimes popped into the classroom, but not often: Growing Pains (Kirk Cameron), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Melissa Joan Hart), Drake & Josh, That 70's Show, Blossom, and Facts of Life. Why aren't these kids in school?