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8 Shows That Never Should Have Left High School

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | April 10, 2012 | Comments ()

"Veronica Mars": Rob Thomas's teenage sleuth show is one of my all-time favorites. But I only own the first two seasons and when I push it on friends and loved ones, I tell them not to bother with the third. Conveniently, Mac, Veronica, Logan, Dick and Wallace all attended the same school: the fictional and conveniently located Hearst College. Pushing that preposterous idea aside you'd still have to contend with the undignified death of a series regular and, worst of all, Piz. Better the show had ended with graduation and Logan and Veronica's SECOND reconciliation rather than making us endure a third and fourth. Did I mention Piz?

"Beverly Hills 90210": What if we had just left it with Donna Martin graduating? What if "the gang" had never gone to "California University"? Oh sure, it's not like this show was ever anything but soapy crap, but at least, during the high school years, it was culturally relevant soapy crap.
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"Buffy: The Vampire Slayer": Oh I know, I know, a lot of good happened on this show after the cast graduated and headed to "UC Sunnydale." But did anything happen there? The fourth season is perhaps the worst with the class and dorm-oriented plot lines being the weakest. Once Whedon and company gave up on the school-related drama and everyone but Willow and Tara essentially dropped out of UCS, things got better. Season Three is so perfect that, whenever I rewatch, it's always hard to move on.

"Saved By The Bell: The College Years": This group also attended "California University." How weird that they never ran into the crew from West Beverly. At least they didn't bring back the entire cast. We all know Jesse Spano went to Stansbury. Right?

"Boy Meets World": I suppose I mostly hate it when intelligent characters eschew top notch colleges for the sake of plot. In this instance, Topanga heads to Pennbrook instead of Yale so she can marry Cory when they're both, oh, 19? Also, in a particularly audacious twist, Mr. Feeney, their teacher since 6th grade, joins the faculty.

"Gilmore Girls": As important as Rory's prep school Chilton was, the setting of Stars Hollow was the real heart of the show. Rory leaving for Yale (at least they didn't invent a Stars Hollow University) meant less time spent with the quirky townsfolk. Even worse, her time at Yale turned Rory into an entitled, petulant, spoiled idiot: a complete character assassination.

"Dawson's Creek": These producers didn't shoehorn the entire cast into the same school, sending Jen, Joey, Dawson and Pacey in four different but geographically convenient directions. While I wasn't delighted that it became "The Joey Potter Show" (when it clearly should have been "The Pacey Witter Show" co-starring Busy Phillips) any time spent away from Dawson was welcome. Nonetheless, without the structure of school and town and family it became increasingly unclear why these people were friends.

"The OC": We all thought the show would drastically improve with the death of Marissa Cooper. We were wrong. Comas, alternate realities and, worst of all, the smug assholes at Brown University. Blech.

Some of Joanna Robinson's best friends went to Brown University. She kids because she loves.

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