5 college-related TV shows

Stephen Koenigsfeld

TV shows have many different types of genres and categories. One specific genre is that of the college-based show. Whether they are dramas like “90210” or comedies like “Community,” college shows are all over TV networks. Below is a list of the most recent and popular college-related TV shows:

1. Community

In this quippy television series, a group of community college students are brought together by their study group. All hope to passing their classes and moving on with their lives. These characters come from all different points in a spectrum. Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is an imaginative lawyer who returns to school after his bachelor’s degree was revealed as fake. While pursuing Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), Jeff forms the study group. Britta is a student attempting to get back on track with her life. The other members of the study group include Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase), a millionaire trying to discover more about himself; Annie Edison (Alison Brie), a former prescription drug addict; Troy Barnes (Donald Glover), a former high school football star; Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown), a single mother and outgoing Christian who is looking to start her brownie business; Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), a pop-culture-obsessed film student; and Ben “Senior” Chang (Ken Jeong), a former Spanish teacher who has become a student again.

2. Greek

This TV series is set on the fictional campus of Cyprus-Rhodes University, located in Ohio. Siblings Rusty and Casey Cartwright are the show’s main characters. While Casey is popular and outgoing, Rusty is shy and socially awkward. The series followed Casey and Rusty as they navigated their way through college and the greek system. First airing in July 2007, “Greek” concluded its fourth and final season earlier this spring. The show’s title pretty much says it all. If you’re looking for a silly perspective on the greek system, this show might be for you.

3. 90210

When this series began, it focused on students attending a fictional high school called West Beverly Hills High. The series began with Harry Wilson (Rob Estes), father of Annie (Shenae Grimes) and Dixon Wilson (Tristan Wilds) moving from Kansas to Beverly Hills. Annie and Dixon attended West Beverly Hills High and met several interesting characters. The rest of the series followed these characters as they dealt with high school problems. In the upcoming season, the students will transition to college. Television journalist Michael Ausiello wrote on his website that the next season of “90210” will be less focused on teachers and parents and more focused on the students’ classes and interactions. 

4. Hellcats

“Hellcats” is a series about collegiate cheerleading. The show is based on the book “Cheer: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders” by Kate Torgovnick. Marti Perkins (Aly Michalka) is the show’s central character. Perkins is working on her pre-law degree, and is forced to join the cheerleading squad (from whom the show takes its name) in order to receive an athletic scholarship. The cast endures all kinds of trials, relationships and crises.

5. Gossip Girl

Concluding our list, we have the ever famous “Gossip Girl.” The series began with the return of it girl Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) from her mysterious stay in Connecticut. Her best friend Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) is the queen bee of her social group. Beginning when the group of students were attending high school, the program’s third season shows the group making its way onto the campus scene. The coming season will be the show’s fifth. Like its preceding seasons, the upcoming season of “Gossip Girl” will deal with conflict and tumultuous relationships. It will also feature a little bit of the college lifestyle at New York University. Essentially, the title of the series says it all.