Flavorwire has done it again! Following last week's "Most Inappropriate Offices" mash-up, the team has released "TV's First Days Of School," a montage of television's good, bad, great and sometimes forgotten (looking at you, "Welcome Back, Kotter") homages to coming-of-age.
Beginning with "Beverly Hills, 90210," we see Steve Sanders discovering Kelly Taylor's brand-new nose job. We're then taken down memory lane as "Felicity" worries about her glorious hair, and "Boy Meets World's" Cory Matthews bursts into Mr. Feeny's classroom for the very first time.
Of course, it wouldn't be a TV high school (or, arguably, any high school) without a student like "The O.C.'s" Ryan Atwood (Ben Mackenzie) declaring it a literal "nightmare," or without an infamous Slurpee-in-face assault that's become "Glee's" trademark. Why high school students would spend money on iced beverages just to throw them away remains a mystery.
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What's a bigger mystery, however are why TGIF staples like "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Clueless" aren't included -- and, more importantly, why Canadian audiences have been deprived of "Student Bodies" or "Breaker High" (since no high school is better than one on a boat). Missing also are "Saved By The Bell," "Gilmore Girls," and the "Full House" episode where DJ dresses the same as her teacher. And we all know that "Degrassi" could have probably replaced Michael J. Fox's monologue from "Family Ties."
However, thanks to the contrast between "Parks and Recreation's" women's studies class and the inappropriate teacher-student dynamic of "Dawson's Creek," TV's interpretation of high school is still vast and widely represented. True, most students don't have gym class cancelled due to a dead body in a locker (like on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"), but they've still probably all experienced the same confusion that Kevin Arnold did on "The Wonder Years" when a friend was inexplicably angry with him.