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.

1. Where are all these kids’ parents after school?
2. All cheerleaders aren’t this slutty.
3. Everyone is in their sophomore years, but they look 27 years old.
4. There are six people in this class.
5. All of these kids are having sex, which makes sense since there are no parents.
6. And apparently, they all have driver’s licenses at 15.
7. This feels more like college than high school.
8. …Except stuff this dramatic doesn’t even happen in college.
9. So like, no one has really bad acne or braces or anything?
10. I bet those books are all blank on the inside.
11. This is the second season, why are these kids engaged? They’re SIXTEEN.
12. They should be like, taking their PSAT, not getting into fights at bars.
13. How do they even get into bars?
14. Why does that 16-year-old have a motorcycle?
15. Is everyone meeting their soul mate in high school? Welp, there go my chances at happiness.
16. Why is someone always on drugs?
17. There seem to be so many hours in their day to brood, but none to study calculus.
18. Where do they get the money for all those clothes?
19. This is the third car crash in two seasons.
20. These kids will definitely need PTSD counseling by the time they’re 19.
21. Okay, third season. Senior year. What are they going to do after these characters go to college?
23. Nope. Nothing makes sense still.
24. *Next episode*

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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