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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13. 'Glee'

Ryan Murphy's surprising smash-hit took a story format with a built-in audience of theater kids and choir nerds across the country and turned it into a phenomenon that garnered both ratings and iTunes sales. The framework for its success had been built by singing competition shows like American Idol and Disney's High School Musical franchise, but it was Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk's injection of Fox-style sass, plus a strong cast led by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, that made Glee one of the decade's defining shows. It recognizes the universal truth that teen students want to be themselves, in groups, preferably loudly.       

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