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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7. 'Veronica Mars'

In much the same way that The Big Lebowski applied the noir-mystery framework to the stoner comedy, Veronica Mars did the same with the high-school dramedy. Kristen Bell became a star as the titular student slash private investigator, whose first big case involves solving the murder of her best friend. Like Twin Peaks before it, Rob Thomas' wickedly smart teen show used the detective story as a way to depict adolescence as a process of uncovering adult bullshit, of seeing through lies and becoming strong enough to withstand them.

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