Class Acts: 20 Best School TV Shows

From "The Wire" to "Welcome Back, Kotter," these campus-set series get an A+

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14. 'Degrassi'

Less a show than an institution, the Degrassi franchise has existed in one form or another for nearly four decades. (The original show, The Kids of Degrassi Street, started airing in 1979; the latest, formerly titled Degrassi: The Next Generation, dropped the subtitle in 2010.) This Canadian import has a soap-opera structure of interlocking storylines and a sprawling, constantly evolving cast. It's more like an actual school than any other show: Many people pass its doors at one time or another, some go on to great things (Drake will always be seen as Jimmy to many fans), and its mere existence is a comforting sign that even though our time in any given place ends, there's a continuity of experience that connects us.

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