Thursday Movie Picks - High School: TV Edition

It's the end of the month so we have another special TV edition. This week Wanderer wants us to talk about high school. You know, that thing for awkward people like me that we try to forget. However, here are some great shows about high school that I always recommend:

1) The Wonder Years

The summer before 6th grade, I broke my foot and ended up spending a lot of time in bed because of it. Lucky for me, Nick at Nite had a Wonder Years marathon on that started from the beginning so I got to watch all of it. I was addicted to this show and when I excitedly told my dad how awesome it is, he had to gently tell me that it's an old show that was on in the 80's. It felt so modern compared to the other things I watched on Nick at Nite that I had no idea it wasn't a new show. Derp. 

2) Ja'ime: Private School Girl

This was a mini series that aired on HBO and it was fucking hysterical. Chris Lilly is apparently an Australian national treasure but this was my first time seeing him. I love that HBO gave him the platform to show off his talents to other countries. 

3) Freaks and Geeks

I didn't watch this until way after it was cancelled, but it was a really good show. I wish it had a few more seasons as the cast was wonderful. 

17 comments:

  1. I haven't seen any of these and now I think I picked the wrong shows.

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    1. If you have HBO Go/Now you can probably watch Ja'mie still. I recommend it, it's so hilarious.

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  2. We match with Freaks and Geeks. I love that show and wished it would have lasted longer but it was intelligent so, of course, it would not last. I love The Wonder years..so fun and full of nostalgia. I don't know the other show

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    1. The other one is so funny. It's really raunchy so it might not be everyone's cup of tea but I about died from laughter watching it.

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  3. We share a pick in Freaks & Geeks. Man, that is a good show that never got its due. I've seen some of The Wonder Years. That was a good show although I still Jason Harvey is still a total douche.

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    1. If Freaks & Geeks had aired now, I think it would be doing really well. It was ahead of its time.

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  4. SIGH.

    I haven't watched any of these, and Freaks & Geeks has been on my list for YEARS.

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    1. I think you'd get a huge kick out of Ja'mie too. I hope you get around to them!

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  5. I haven't heard of the second and only watched a small sampling of Freaks & Geeks but I LOVED The Wonder Years!! Such a brilliantly acted and written show and the voice over added just the right touch to it. I've followed Fred Savage's career ever since, I loved his last show The Grinder and was sorry it didn't succeed.

    There are literally dozens upon dozens of high set shows so I went with three that I watched faithfully and recommend when I can.

    Skins (2007-2013)-British series about a group of teens in Bristol going through what is known there as sixth form which in the US would be high school. Controversial when it was showing for its graphic depictions of sexuality, drug abuse, bullying and many other issues with more than its share of nudity. Well-acted but grim. Another element of its notoriety was the casting in one of the leads of Nicolas Hoult who at the time was most well known as the youngster in About a Boy.

    My So-Called Life (1994)-Regrettably short lived series that chronicled the angst filled high school life of teenager Angela Chase (Claire Danes) as she suffers the agonies of first love with the handsome but vague Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto), tests her boundaries with new friend, wild child Rayanne Graff (A.J. Langer), redefines her friendship with childhood bestie Sharon Cherski (Devon Odessa), seeks to help and protect the abused Rickie Vasquez (Wilson Cruz) while next door neighbor the brilliant but nerdy Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall) yearns for her. At home she watches as her seemingly happily married parents Graham and Patty’s (Tom Irwin & Bess Armstrong) relationship begins to fray. Outstanding on every level.

    Room 222 (1969-1974)-Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haines) is a popular young history teacher at Los Angeles’s Walt Whitman High School. Along with guidance counselor Liz McIntyre (Denise Nicholas), amiable Principal Seymour Kaufman (Michael Constantine) and eager if occasionally bumbling student teacher (over time English teacher) Alice Johnson (Karen Valentine) they deal with the issues of the students, parents and the establishment in the changing face of education in the 70’s. Excellent Emmy winning series, one of the first to honestly portray multiracial classrooms and teaching staffs, looks at a multitude of problems including early marriage, corporate irresponsibility, freedom of speech, senility, the effects of unexpected death and more with many future stars, among them Bruno Kirby, Cindy Williams, Teri Garr, Jamie Farr, Rob Reiner, Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, and Mark Hamill, passing through.

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    1. I really liked the first series of Skins, but I didn't continue watching after they changed the cast. My So Called Life I remember liking a lot, but I don't remember a lot specifically from the show. I've never heard of your last pick.

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  6. I've only seen The Wonder Years. At least it's an awesome show. Watched it quite a bit.

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  7. Ja'ime is an inspired choice! Aw The Wonder Years, I never really understood the appeal of the show, or maybe Winnie just really annoyed me. More Freaks and Geeks love!

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    1. Thank you! I think Wonder Years is just really nostalgic for a lot of people and that's why it resonates.

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  8. The Wonder Years - I've seen a few episodes here and there, but can't really remember much.

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    1. I was lucky to have caught an entire marathon lol

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  9. Marvellous!it is good series of different and strange story.I just have read stories but not watch Full movie. it will be very interesting.

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