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27th Jun '16 2:08:23 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' Stormy is seen with the rest of the fourth graders....sorry, "fourth and fifth mixed". Apparently he has trouble learning the alphabet.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' Stormy is seen with the rest of the fourth graders....sorry, "fourth and fifth mixed". Apparently he has trouble learning the alphabet. (The reason it's here and not HeldBackInSchool is that Stormy specifically says he's going for his G.E.D.)
26th Jun '16 5:05:40 PM kazokuhouou
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* Exaggerated in the ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2177005/1/Caludia-Keeshi-Middel-Skol-Mamma Caludia Keeshi Middel Skol Mamma]], where, after ten years, Claudia is ''still'' in the eighth grade, because she can't be arsed to apply herself and pass the exit exam. Her former charges are now her peers (and some are her fellow BSC members) and her former classmate Cokie is now her ''gym teacher''. [[spoiler: She finally passes the exit exam at the end and declares how much she'll enjoy going to high school with the rest of the club.]]
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26th Jun '16 2:45:28 PM kazokuhouou
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* Exaggerated in the ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2177005/1/Caludia-Keeshi-Middel-Skol-Mamma Caludia Keeshi Middel Skol Mamma]], where, after ten years, Claudia is ''still'' in the eighth grade, because she can't be arsed to apply herself and pass the exit exam. Her former charges are now her peers (and some are her fellow BSC members) and her former classmate Cokie is now her ''gym teacher''. [[spoiler: She finally passes the exit exam at the end and declares how much she'll enjoy going to high school with the rest of the club.]]
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26th Jun '16 3:06:27 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' Stormy is seen with the rest of the fourth graders....sorry, "fourth and fifth mixed". Apparently he has trouble learning the alphabet.
11th Jan '16 11:48:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* The premise of the movie ''[[Film/BackToSchool Back to School]]'' is that Rodney Dangerfield's character goes to college in order to convince his son that it's worthwhile (after the son uses the father's self-made success as an argument that college isn't necessary).
* The title character in ''[[ErnestPWorrell Ernest Goes To School]]'' has to redo 12th grade to keep his job since the school board require all school employees to have a high school diploma.

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* The premise of the movie ''[[Film/BackToSchool Back to School]]'' ''Film/BackToSchool'' is that Rodney Dangerfield's character goes to college in order to convince his son that it's worthwhile (after the son uses the father's self-made success as an argument that college isn't necessary).
* The title character in ''[[ErnestPWorrell Ernest Goes To School]]'' ''Film/ErnestGoesToSchool'' has to redo 12th grade to keep his job since the school board require all school employees to have a high school diploma.



* ''LarryCrowne'' is a fairly realistic version: Larry went into the Navy right out of college. When he gets fired from his job for not having a college diploma, he goes to community college to have a better chance on the job market.

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* ''LarryCrowne'' ''Film/LarryCrowne'' is a fairly realistic version: Larry went into the Navy right out of college. When he gets fired from his job for not having a college diploma, he goes to community college to have a better chance on the job market.
19th Aug '15 4:52:32 PM Chepicus
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* Played with Raika Kasumi in ''Anime/M3TheDarkMetal''. She's the oldest of the whole team (but not by much, somewhere between 18 to 20 years old). She was already a [[AMechByAnyOtherName MA-Vess]] test pilot working for [[MegaCorp IX]], but they make her go through her training all over again, joining [[TheHero Akashi]] and friends, who are high school students in their first and second years. Enforced with the fact that the uniform they wear as trainees has all the appearance of an institute uniform, which she has to wear too.
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29th May '15 12:33:37 PM PhillyDom
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* In the "Kotter Makes Good" episode of ''WelcomeBackKotter'', teacher Gabe Kotter (Gabriel Kaplan) starts studying for his high school's senior-year exams when the principal can find no record of his scores. The records are found, but he takes the tests anyway, providing an example for his students.
29th May '15 12:12:20 PM PhillyDom
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* ''LarryCrowne'' is a fairly realistic version: Larry went into the Navy right out of college and only goes when he get's fired from his job for not having a college diploma, so he goes to Community College to have a better chance on the job market.

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* ''LarryCrowne'' is a fairly realistic version: Larry went into the Navy right out of college and only goes when college. When he get's gets fired from his job for not having a college diploma, so he goes to Community College community college to have a better chance on the job market.
20th May '15 8:22:53 PM ShinyTsukkomi
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* ''TheFlintstones'' had an episode where Fred has to attend classes in high school and it's a struggle. However, he's a whiz in the local geology course, which he notes he learned the hard way considering he works in a quarry.

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* ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had an episode where Fred has to attend classes in high school and it's a struggle. However, he's a whiz in the local geology course, which he notes he learned the hard way considering he works in a quarry.



* Done in an episode of ''JohnnyBravo'', "Prep School Johnny". Johnny goes back to school because he didn't finish a class. HilarityEnsues.
* Cat of ''CatDog'' must complete one final day of high school to graduate.

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* Done in an episode of ''JohnnyBravo'', ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', "Prep School Johnny". Johnny goes back to school because he didn't finish a class. HilarityEnsues.
* Cat of ''CatDog'' ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' must complete one final day of high school to graduate.



* ''IAmWeasel'' and I. R. Baboon had to return to third grade because of a typo. If they don't, Weasel won't be allowed to keep his Nobel Prizes and Baboon won't be allowed to keep the banana he got as a consolation prize. Weasel's tendencies to overcomplicate third grade questions made it hard for him but they eventually passed. However, someone pointed out another typo, showing it was ''fourth'' grade they hadn't finished. It was revealed the Red Guy was the typist.

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* ''IAmWeasel'' ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' and I. R. Baboon had to return to third grade because of a typo. If they don't, Weasel won't be allowed to keep his Nobel Prizes and Baboon won't be allowed to keep the banana he got as a consolation prize. Weasel's tendencies to overcomplicate third grade questions made it hard for him but they eventually passed. However, someone pointed out another typo, showing it was ''fourth'' grade they hadn't finished. It was revealed the Red Guy was the typist.
13th Apr '15 2:18:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The title character of ''BillyMadison'' had to retake all 12 grades in order to take over his father's company.
* In ''[[AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', Goofy had to return to college (and the same one his son, Max, was attending, no less!) to get a job.
** ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' actually had one where he had to repeat ''grade school''.

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* The title character of ''BillyMadison'' had to retake all 12 grades in order to take over his father's company.
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* In ''[[AGoofyMovie An Extremely Goofy Movie]]'', ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', Goofy had to return to college (and the same one his son, Max, was attending, no less!) to get a job.
** ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' actually had one where he [[/folder]]

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* The title character of ''Film/BillyMadison''
had to repeat ''grade school''.retake all 12 grades in order to take over his father's company.









* Done in an episode of ''{{Friends}}'' where Phoebe wants to do a literature course, but has it ruined by Rachel who doesn't take it seriously. For a moment it looks like they'll subvert it by having Phoebe give a genuinely impassioned explanation of how she never got to go to high-school and genuinely wanted to learn something, only to go straight back to comedy by having neurotic control-freak overachiever Monica accompany her next-time.
* Judge Stone on ''NightCourt'' was found not to have completed his education.

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* Done in an episode of ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' where Phoebe wants to do a literature course, but has it ruined by Rachel who doesn't take it seriously. For a moment it looks like they'll subvert it by having Phoebe give a genuinely impassioned explanation of how she never got to go to high-school and genuinely wanted to learn something, only to go straight back to comedy by having neurotic control-freak overachiever Monica accompany her next-time.
* Judge Stone on ''NightCourt'' ''Series/NightCourt'' was found not to have completed his education.



* On ''FullHouse'', in episode 6 of season 6, D.J. and Kimmy request Joey and Jesse's help with a "Stay in School" campaign, and they are stunned by Jesse's refusal to help. The entire family pressures him into telling the truth: that he is actually a high school dropout. With only one English credit missing, Jesse is inspired by his wife to take a night course and earn his degree.
* In ''PhilOfTheFuture'', Phil has to take a second grade class on penmanship.
* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', George goes back to school after there is a PTA meeting specifically targeted at parents who didn't go to college. Max decides he doesn't need to go either so George wants to teach him a lesson. In the next episode, George drops out and tells the teacher he was in the military and got sent to Iraq. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''TheSteveHarveyShow'', Steve and the gang all have to take a required computer class, which Lovita teaches. The usually overachieving Regina fails the class miserably while slackers Steve and Ced pass. HilarityEnsues.
* On ''TheGoldenGirls'', Rose goes to night school to earn her diploma as she missed most of her senior year due to a bad case of mono from manning the kissing booth at the school carnival. Dorothy is the teacher and fails Rose because she failed the history final. When Dorothy reviews the test paper with Rose, she uses some oddly applied knowledge and passes, thus earning her high school diploma.
* On ''MamasFamily'', Thelma Harper went back to school to earn her high school diploma by completing English Literature - a class she had trouble with originally because she didn't understand the material. She has trouble learning to appreciate ''TheScarletLetter'' until her friend, Iola, describes it in the manner of a romance novel which results in Thelma reading the book and impressing her teacher.
* On ''[[MarriedWithChildren Married... With Children]]'', Peg discovers that she never graduated from high school because she was one credit short (she failed Home Economics), so she enrolls in Kelly's home ec. class and the two have to prepare Jell-O and crowned rack of lamb for their final exam. Peg's project gets eaten by Al, and, in true Bundy fashion, Peg steals Kelly's Jell-O dish and turns it in as her own, thus allowing her to finally get her diploma, and forcing Kelly to go to summer school. Peg talks Kelly into thinking she's going to have a great summer, allowing Peg to walk away. Kelly finally catches on ... many seconds later.
* Jill on ''[[HomeImprovement Home Improvement]]'', after she got laid off from her journalistic employment. Her education lasted through the remainder of the series' run.

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* On ''FullHouse'', ''Series/FullHouse'', in episode 6 of season 6, D.J. and Kimmy request Joey and Jesse's help with a "Stay in School" campaign, and they are stunned by Jesse's refusal to help. The entire family pressures him into telling the truth: that he is actually a high school dropout. With only one English credit missing, Jesse is inspired by his wife to take a night course and earn his degree.
* In ''PhilOfTheFuture'', ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'', Phil has to take a second grade class on penmanship.
* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'', George goes back to school after there is a PTA meeting specifically targeted at parents who didn't go to college. Max decides he doesn't need to go either so George wants to teach him a lesson. In the next episode, George drops out and tells the teacher he was in the military and got sent to Iraq. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''TheSteveHarveyShow'', ''Series/TheSteveHarveyShow'', Steve and the gang all have to take a required computer class, which Lovita teaches. The usually overachieving Regina fails the class miserably while slackers Steve and Ced pass. HilarityEnsues.
* On ''TheGoldenGirls'', ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose goes to night school to earn her diploma as she missed most of her senior year due to a bad case of mono from manning the kissing booth at the school carnival. Dorothy is the teacher and fails Rose because she failed the history final. When Dorothy reviews the test paper with Rose, she uses some oddly applied knowledge and passes, thus earning her high school diploma.
* On ''MamasFamily'', ''Series/MamasFamily'', Thelma Harper went back to school to earn her high school diploma by completing English Literature - a class she had trouble with originally because she didn't understand the material. She has trouble learning to appreciate ''TheScarletLetter'' ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'' until her friend, Iola, describes it in the manner of a romance novel which results in Thelma reading the book and impressing her teacher.
* On ''[[MarriedWithChildren Married... With Children]]'', ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg discovers that she never graduated from high school because she was one credit short (she failed Home Economics), so she enrolls in Kelly's home ec. class and the two have to prepare Jell-O and crowned rack of lamb for their final exam. Peg's project gets eaten by Al, and, in true Bundy fashion, Peg steals Kelly's Jell-O dish and turns it in as her own, thus allowing her to finally get her diploma, and forcing Kelly to go to summer school. Peg talks Kelly into thinking she's going to have a great summer, allowing Peg to walk away. Kelly finally catches on ... many seconds later.
* Jill on ''[[HomeImprovement Home Improvement]]'', ''Series/HomeImprovement'', after she got laid off from her journalistic employment. Her education lasted through the remainder of the series' run.



* Bookman does this on ''GoodTimes''. When he and wife Violet were dating, he lies and tells her that he was in college, when in reality [[spoiler: he never finished high school]]. After much HilarityEnsues and a NotWhatItLooksLike, he finally tells her the truth and says that he was inspired to go back to school because he saw Jesse Jackson on TV encouraging Black people to get an education and be positive members of their community.

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Bookman does this on ''GoodTimes''.this. When he and wife Violet were dating, he lies and tells her that he was in college, when in reality [[spoiler: he never finished high school]]. After much HilarityEnsues and a NotWhatItLooksLike, he finally tells her the truth and says that he was inspired to go back to school because he saw Jesse Jackson on TV encouraging Black people to get an education and be positive members of their community.



* Jimmy takes an elementary school science class in ''YesDear'' after realizing he's not capable of helping Dominic with his homework. Christine also goes back to college during the series, and, in one episode, joins a sorority.

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* Jimmy takes an elementary school science class in ''YesDear'' ''Series/YesDear'' after realizing he's not capable of helping Dominic with his homework. Christine also goes back to college during the series, and, in one episode, joins a sorority.



* In one episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' Amy enrolls in a creative writing class at the local university after realizing she's bored with being a housewife, where she happens to enroll in Eric's class and proceeds to embarrass him. However, it's unclear if she stays in the class or not because it isn't brought up again after that episode.

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* In one episode of ''BoyMeetsWorld'' ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' Amy enrolls in a creative writing class at the local university after realizing she's bored with being a housewife, where she happens to enroll in Eric's class and proceeds to embarrass him. However, it's unclear if she stays in the class or not because it isn't brought up again after that episode.




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* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' actually had an episode where Goofy had to repeat ''grade school''.
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