This month’s theme is Back To (Fictional) School so I’m sharing my list of favorite college/university themed television shows. At the end of the list are some honorable mentions dealing with the time period immediately after graduation. If you watch any of these shows expect a lot of feels.
Greek is a television show that aired from 2007-2011 on ABC Family. I didn’t watch the show until it was off the air but it’s great. Greek follows several sorority and fraternity houses at the fictional Cyprus-Rhodes University. This show aired during ABC Family’s rebranding with the slogan “A new kind of family.” That’s what this show is. It’s about a group of undergraduate students as they try and navigate college and what they want out of life. It’s under the umbrella of the Greek System but the show has so much heart and really values friendships. If you’re going back to school or starting a new school, this is a perfect show to watch as others also find their place in a new environment.
2. GILMORE GIRLS (Seasons 4-7)
I’ve written about Gilmore Girls before, and it’s still one my favorite tv shows. The show follows mother and daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, who are more like friends than mother/daughter. Seasons 4-7 shows Rory in university. I’m purposely not mentioning where she attends school because it’s a huge plot point at the end of season 3. Season 4 deals with the pair being separated for the first time and how they deal with their changing lives. All 7 seasons are available to stream on Netflix.
3. THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern adaptation webseries of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Lizzie Bennet aka Elizabeth Bennet is a grad student living at home while studying mass communications. I love that the webseries tackles what life looks like for many young people regarding the job market and student loans. I promise it’s not maudlin and heavy but quite comedic and enjoyable. The series is told vlog style from Lizzie’s perspective as part of her class assignment. You can watch the entire show for free on YouTube. If you can’t get enough of the Bennet sisters there are two companion novels that fill in the blanks. The first book, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, fills in the gap between vlogs. The second book, The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet, will be released on September 29, 2015 and follows the life of the youngest Bennet sister.
This is Matt Reeves’ (Cloverfield) and JJ Abrams’ (Lost) first show together that started Keri Russell’s career. The show follows Felicity as she’s about to begin university. On the day of her high school graduation she decides to completely change her plans and attend school in New York instead of attending Stanford. I love the show for it’s quietness. There are no explosions or catchy hooks, just a girl quietly making her way in the world.
1. TINY FURNITURE
Aura moves back home after graduating from college, and spends the next few minutes in a listless haze of lostness.
2. FRANCES HA
Greta Gerwig stars in the film as Frances Halladay, a 27 year old dancer trying to make it as a professional dancer while living in New York City with her best friend.
3. HBO’s GIRLS
HBO Girls opens with Hannah Horvath being financially cut off by her parents. Hannah has been out of college for two years and is living in New York trying to make it as a writer. This show is currently filming it’s 5th season.
4. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JANE EYRE
The last webseries I will mention is The Autobiography of Jane Eyre. It’s a modern adaptation webseries based on the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Jane is a 21 year old student studying early childhood development but is questioning what it is she wants to do in life. She is an exceptional student but isn’t sure what else she is good at. This show was made in response to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and is available for free on YouTube.
If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments. I’m always looking for great television shows!