Thursday, August 31, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): High School
For the fifth and final week of August 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into the world of television revolving around shows set in high schools. Shows that would give children the idea of what high school was like and the struggles they would get into. Unfortunately for those of us who lived through high school, some of those shows presented a very false reality. Here are my three picks:
1. Saved by the Bell
Originally began as a show starring Hayley Mills for the Disney Channel set in middle school, it would become this popular show that was big in the early 1990s on NBC’s Saturday morning program. It is about six kids spending their time in a high school in California as you had the cool troublemaker, the straight-A student addicted to speed, a cheerleader, a fashionista, a jock who might be gay, and a geek named Screech. It had moments that are funny though its depiction of real-life issues about drugs, alcohol, and all sorts of things just make the show very heavy-handed.
2. Beverly Hills 90210
This is a big guilty pleasure for me as I had a thing for Jennie Garth who is still a fine-looking woman. The first few seasons revolved around kids at a high school in Beverly Hills with two of them in siblings from Minnesota who befriends some rich kids as they become part of this circle of friends that also includes a geeky kid and a Jewish nerd who doesn’t live around Beverly Hills. It was a good show that I personally thought improved when Shannen Doherty was replaced by Tiffani-Amber Thiessen who was far more interesting. Then it went off the rails for some odd reason after college and just became shit.
3. Freaks & Geeks
Now this is a show that came out the year after I had finished high school and never saw it until years later as I wondered why the fuck did this show never existed when I was in high school and why did it get canceled after one season? Though it’s set in the late 70s and early 80s, it is this show that is more about misfits who don’t fit in with certain cliques as well as struggle with growing pains. Even though it’s presented in a comedy, there’s elements in the show that really played into truths about the struggle to fit in, to try and be cool, and to do right in school. Probably why it only lasted a season is because NBC found it to be too real and couldn’t deal with it which is a shame though the fact that it’s being discovered years later as this overlooked gem makes the show even more special.
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