Class Acts: 20 Best School TV Shows

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

20. 'Saved by the Bell'

There's a thin line between clever and stupid, and Saved by the Bell straddled it with day-glo style. Its portrayal of high school as a place you go between shenanigans involving your band Zack Attack or your caffeine-pill addiction is pure kitsch for sure, but for a generation of late Eighties/early Nineties kids (and some celebrity fans), this Saturday-morning staple was cheesy, old-fashioned-sitcom fun. Plus the leering presentation of its young hunks and babes — which undoubtedly flew over the heads of many of its young viewers — actually felt true to the relentless horniness of actual teenagers, no matter how silly the stories got. Don't even get us started on the tell-all biopic.