Binge-Worthy High School Dramas

by IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 6 months ago

Sure, you may hate dragging yourself to class in real life, but watching these great series is hardly a chore. From "Freaks and Geeks" to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," here are some of the best high school shows ever -- and where to watch them. -- Sharon Knolle

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Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, and Jason Segel in Freaks and Geeks (1999)

"Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

Usually leading the list of "canceled too soon" shows is this short-lived series set in the '80s from "Bridesmaids" director Paul Feig. It served as a launching pad for some of today's hottest comedy talent, including James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. Linda Cardellini ("Bloodline") starred as a mathlete who starts hanging out with the "freaks," while her younger brother (John Francis Daley) and his pals are the "geeks." IMDb users have given it 8.8 out of 10.

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Kyle Chandler, Zach Gilford, Taylor Kitsch, Gaius Charles, and Scott Porter in Friday Night Lights (2006)

"Friday Night Lights" (2006-2011)

Another seriously underrated series that was kept alive thanks to devoted fans: Kyle Chandler starred as Coach Eric Taylor and Connie Britton played his wife, principal Tami Taylor. Among the students were a paralyzed quarterback (Scott Porter), alcoholic fullback Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), cheerleader Lyla (Minka Kelly) and star running back Brian "Smash" Williams (Gaius Charles). IMDb users have ranked it 8.7 out of 10.

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Kristen Bell and Percy Daggs III in Veronica Mars (2004)

"Veronica Mars" (2004-2007)

Teen sleuth Veronica (Kristen Bell) solves the murder of best friend Lilly Kane (Amanda Seyfried) and dozens of other cases while navigating the treacherous waters of high school in this cult classic show that yielded a fan-funded big-screen movie follow-up in 2014. It's got an 8.4 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Charisma Carpenter, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, and Anthony Head in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996)

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997–2003)

Since Sunnydale High is on a hellmouth, Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) spends more time slaying vampires and demons than doing homework. She's aided in her fight against evil by her librarian watcher Giles (Anthony Head) brainy Wiccan pal Willow (Alyson Hannigan), good vampire beau Angel (David Boreanaz) and werewolf Oz (Seth Green). IMDb users rank it 8.2 out of 10.

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Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev in The Vampire Diaries (2009)

"The Vampire Diaries" (2009-2017)

There’s a lot more to worry about in Mystic Falls than who’s asking you to the prom: There are vampires, werewolves and witches in this hit supernatural CW series that revolves around two centuries-old vampire brothers (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley) in love with high school student Elena (Nina Dobrev). Ranked 7.8 out of 10 by IMDb users.

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Ashley Rickards in Awkward. (2011)

"Awkward." (2011-2016)

"Loser" Jenna (Ashley Rickards) becomes unexpectedly popular after an accident is mistaken for a suicide attempt. Now she blogs about all her high school drama in in this MTV comedy that's smarter than your average show aimed at teens. IMDb users give it 7.7 out of 10.

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Tyler Hoechlin, Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Crystal Reed, and Dylan O'Brien in Teen Wolf (2011)

"Teen Wolf" (2011-2017)

Tyler Posey stars as Scott McCall, who finds that becoming a werewolf makes him a great athlete but also comes with its own unique set of problems in this MTV series that costars Dylan O'Brien, Colton Haynes and Tyler Hoechlin (who left after Season 4). IMDb users have given it 7.7 out of 10.

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Degrassi: Next Class (2016)

"Degrassi: Next Class" (2016-)

The fifth Degrassi series follows students from Degrassi Community School, a fictional high school in Toronto, as they navigate their way through high school dealing with problems including racism and cyber bullying. Ranked 7.1 out of 10 on IMDb.

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Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz, Amber Riley, Chord Overstreet, and Heather Morris in Glee (2009)

"Glee" (2009-2015)

Everybody, sing! This fun-filled series about a high school glee club -- including Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, and Amber Riley -- helped bring music back to schools everywhere and made being a theater geek kind of cool again. Rated 6.7 out of 10 on IMDb.

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Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)

"Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990-2000)

Up for some '90s nostalgia? Take a visit to the Peach Pit with Brenda (Shannen Doherty) and Brandon (Jason Priestley), Dylan (Luke Perry) and Kelly (Jennie Garth), Donna (Tori Spelling) and David (Brian Austin Green). The series has been ranked 6.2 out of 10 by IMDb users.