24 Thoughts You Have When You Watch A High School TV Show
It seems like there’s a tried-and-true formula for a high school TV show. We saw it with Gossip Girl, 90210, The O.C., Pretty Little Liars, and half a dozen others: throw a bunch of really good-looking actors onto a high school set, add sex, misunderstandings, and a lot of accidents, and you’ve got a really good high school drama that will go on for seven seasons — longer than most high school careers…
Except for the fact that it’s wholly unrealistic. I don’t know about your high school experience, but mine was completely devoid of vintage cars, absentee parents, house parties every weekend, and loan sharks. (Also, this list may or may not be 97% inspired by One Tree Hill.)
But we can’t be considered blameless; after all, we watch these shows like they’re going to save us from the apocalypse. High school dramas are just one step up from soap operas, and that’s how we like them. Still, that doesn’t keep us from scratching our heads whenever the next outrageous thing happens.