Class Acts: 20 Best School TV Shows

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

16. 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose'

Synchronize Swatches! This flagrant Fox retort to NBC's Ferris Bueller's Day Off outlasted the official TV adaptation through sheer charisma. Corin Nemec stars as the title character, an eminently idolizable alpha male who's both too smart and too cool for school. It combined the usual building blocks of high-school comedies — a ballbreaker principal, a huge dumb jock, a meddling sister — into a live-action cartoon, breaking the fourth wall and the laws of physics in its constant battle of good-time iconoclasts against dreary conformists. This is what you wanted school to be like.

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