History Series / BostonPublic

21st Sep '17 11:06:05 AM MrItty
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* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Guber in a Season 1 episode. Guber orders Harvey to go see a doctor to ascertain his mental state. Later, he receives an invitation to conduct an orchestra, which requires him to drive for two hours to get to the symphony. Once Guber arrives at his destination, he's devastated to find out that the symphony doesn't exist. He returns to Winslow and goes on the warpath, searching for the one responsible for pranking him; he first suspects Harry, then a visiting Milton, and Lisa Greer. The true culprit is revealed to be Harvey, who conspired with his doctor to prank Guber. Guber is dumbfounded.

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* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Guber in a Season 1 episode. Guber orders Harvey to go see a doctor to ascertain his mental state. Later, he receives an invitation to conduct an orchestra, which requires him to drive for two hours to get to the symphony. Once Guber arrives at his destination, he's devastated to find out that the symphony doesn't exist. He returns to Winslow and goes on the warpath, searching for the one responsible for pranking him; he first suspects Harry, then a visiting Milton, and Lisa Greer. The true culprit is revealed to be Harvey, who conspired with his doctor to prank Guber. Harvey. Guber is dumbfounded.dumbfounded.
-->'''Harvey''': I called my doctor. He asked me the date; I got it right. He asked if I changed my underwear; I told him every day. He asked if I ever drove an hour to stare at an empty lot under the delusions that I could conduct an orchestra. I said "Do I really look that crazy?"
-->'''Scott''': You?!
2nd Apr '17 5:15:51 PM DustSnitch
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* NapoleonDelusion: In the fourth season, a student gets electrocuted and believes he's {{Jesus}}.

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* NapoleonDelusion: In the fourth season, a student gets electrocuted and believes he's {{Jesus}}.UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.
6th Dec '16 4:33:29 PM Xtifr
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A comedy-drama series created by Creator/DavidEKelley and airing on {{FOX}}, '''''Boston Public''''' basically told the story of the TeenDrama from the point of view of the teachers. It took place in Winslow High, a public high school in Boston, hence the show's title. ''Boston Public'' was basically ''Degrassi'' [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace In America!]]]], except the teachers are the troubled ones.

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A comedy-drama series created by Creator/DavidEKelley and airing on {{FOX}}, '''''Boston Public''''' ''Boston Public'' basically told the story of the TeenDrama from the point of view of the teachers. It took place in Winslow High, a public high school in Boston, hence the show's title. ''Boston Public'' was basically ''Degrassi'' [[AC: [[RecycledInSpace In America!]]]], except the teachers are the troubled ones.
20th Oct '16 11:34:16 AM Pysiewicz
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** In Season 4, Music/{{REM}} performs during the ChristmasEpisode.
-->'''Marla:''' Excuse me... Are you guys any good?
27th Sep '15 4:34:29 AM NTC3
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17th May '15 6:23:40 AM kalel32688
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* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and inverted. The faculty ''does'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective or successful. But parents? Forget it. They are always portrayed as either useless, pretentious, or overprotective of their kids, setting hypocritical double standards for children and teachers, and going for {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s about twice per episode. In most cases, this [[AllForNothing undermined every effort made]] by the teachers to help the kids, successful or not.
** Harvey has it PlayedForLaughs as part of his character; he's completely clueless about what's going around and how to react.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and inverted.{{inverted|trope}}. The faculty ''does'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective or successful. But parents? Forget it. They are always portrayed as either useless, pretentious, or overprotective of their kids, setting hypocritical [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] double standards for children and teachers, and going for {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s about twice per episode. In most cases, this [[AllForNothing undermined every effort made]] by the teachers to help the kids, successful or not.
** Harvey has it PlayedForLaughs as part of his character; he's completely clueless about what's going around him and how to react.



* BadBoss: Superintendent Marsha Shinn in the first season. She seemed more interested in getting Steven fired for both his own actions (specifically slamming a bully against a locker in defense of another student) and the unusual antics of his faculty than backing him up. There is a reason she has the nickname "The Dragon Lady."

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* BadBoss: Superintendent Marsha Shinn in the first season. She seemed more interested in getting Steven fired for both his own actions (specifically slamming a bully against a locker in defense of another student) student in the very first episode) and the unusual antics of his faculty than backing him up. There is a reason she has the nickname "The Dragon Lady."



* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Guber in a Season 1 episode. Guber orders Harvey to go see a doctor to ascertain his mental state. Later, he receives an invitation to conduct an orchestra, which requires him to drive for two hours to get to the symphony. Once Guber arrives at his destination, he's devastated to find out that the symphony doesn't exist. He returns to Winslow and goes on the warpath, searching for the one responsible for pranking him; he first suspects Harry, then a visiting Milton, and Lisa Greer. The true culprit is revealed to be Harvey, who conspired with his doctor to prank Guber. Guber is dumfounded.

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* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Guber in a Season 1 episode. Guber orders Harvey to go see a doctor to ascertain his mental state. Later, he receives an invitation to conduct an orchestra, which requires him to drive for two hours to get to the symphony. Once Guber arrives at his destination, he's devastated to find out that the symphony doesn't exist. He returns to Winslow and goes on the warpath, searching for the one responsible for pranking him; he first suspects Harry, then a visiting Milton, and Lisa Greer. The true culprit is revealed to be Harvey, who conspired with his doctor to prank Guber. Guber is dumfounded.dumbfounded.



* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Steven Harper and Scott Guber have this dynamic in spades, with Steven as the benevolent and understanding authority figure and Scott as the strict but even-handed disciplinarian.

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* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Steven Harper and Scott Guber have this dynamic in spades, with Steven as the [[BenevolentBoss benevolent and understanding authority figure figure]] and Scott Guber as the strict [[MeanBoss strict]] but even-handed [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold even-handed]] disciplinarian.
17th May '15 4:51:53 AM Divra
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* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Steven Harper and Scott Guber have this dynamic in spades, with Steven as the benevolent and understanding authority figure and Scott as the strict but even-handed disciplinarian.
3rd Mar '15 6:03:18 AM morenohijazo
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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The series started off featuring things that regularly happen in inner city high schools. Later seasons had really weird things happen, like a student getting electrocuted and thinking he's Jesus.
3rd Jan '15 8:31:35 AM kalel32688
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* BreakTheHaughty: This happens to Guber in a Season 1 episode. Guber orders Harvey to go see a doctor to ascertain his mental state. Later, he receives an invitation to conduct an orchestra, which requires him to drive for two hours to get to the symphony. Once Guber arrives at his destination, he's devastated to find out that the symphony doesn't exist. He returns to Winslow and goes on the warpath, searching for the one responsible for pranking him; he first suspects Harry, then a visiting Milton, and Lisa Greer. The true culprit is revealed to be Harvey, who conspired with his doctor to prank Guber. Guber is dumfounded.
-->'''Harvey''': Pick a new target, Scott.
16th Oct '14 5:52:53 AM kalel32688
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The series runs on this, with {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s left and right, [[LoopholeAbuse using loopholes]] as standard procedure, and judges officially claiming in their verdict they treat the case [[ItsPersonal fully personal]].
* BadBoss: Superintendent Marsha Shinn in the first season. She seemed more interested in getting Steven fired for both his own actions (specifically slamming a bully against a locker in defense of another student) and the antics of his faculty than backing him up. There is a reason she has the nickname "The Dragon Lady."

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The series runs on this, with {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s left and right, [[LoopholeAbuse using loopholes]] as standard procedure, and judges officially claiming in their verdict they treat the case as [[ItsPersonal fully personal]].
* BadBoss: Superintendent Marsha Shinn in the first season. She seemed more interested in getting Steven fired for both his own actions (specifically slamming a bully against a locker in defense of another student) and the unusual antics of his faculty than backing him up. There is a reason she has the nickname "The Dragon Lady."



%%* ButtMonkey: Guber

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%%* * ButtMonkey: GuberGuber is often on the receiving end of this trope.



* {{Flanderization}}: Scott Guber suffers one during the whole series, turning into a shallow parody of his uptight behavior.

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* {{Flanderization}}: Scott Guber suffers one this during the whole series, turning into a shallow parody of his uptight behavior.



** Steven mentions he once got drunk and got into a car accident, and was involved in a robbery.

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** Steven mentions he once got drunk and got into a car accident, and was involved in a robbery.robbery as a teenager.



* HollywoodAtheist: In one Season 2 episode, Danny Hanson becomes very uncomfortable when students want to discuss religion in school, and later in Season 4, he outright states he doesn't believe in {{God}}.

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* HollywoodAtheist: In one Season 2 episode, Danny Hanson becomes very uncomfortable when students want to discuss religion in school, and later in Season 4, he outright states he doesn't believe in {{God}}.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guber, Danny, Charlie Bixby.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guber, Danny, and Charlie Bixby.



* NWordPrivileges: Harvey once used the term "African-American Black-Colored Negroes."
** Danny once led a class discussion about the n-word.

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* NWordPrivileges: NWordPrivileges:
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Harvey once used the term "African-American Black-Colored Negroes."
" No one was particularly amused.
** In a Season 2 episode, Danny once led leads a class discussion about the n-word.n-word and receives lots of flack for it from Marla and Steven, the latter of whom actually ends up taking over the discussion after Danny suggests he do so.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Superintendent Shinn in Season 1, Dave Fields in Season 3.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: ObstructiveBureaucrat:
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Superintendent Shinn in Season 1, 1.
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Dave Fields in Season 3.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After being fired, Kevin delivers one to Steven about his double standards, hypocrisy, authoritarian ways, and walking away from any serious problems. Even if he's doing it out of anger and spite, [[StrawmanHasAPoint he is right]].
** Marla also gives one to Danny in the Season 3 premiere when a student gives birth to a child (that she then leaves in a toilet) and Social Services takes the baby away from the student after Marla lies to the police about where she found the baby and Danny reveals the truth.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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After being fired, Kevin delivers one to Steven about his double standards, hypocrisy, authoritarian ways, and walking away from any serious problems. Even if he's doing it out of anger and spite, [[StrawmanHasAPoint he is right]].
** Marla also gives one to Danny in the Season 3 premiere when a student gives birth to a child (that she then leaves in a toilet) and Social Services takes the baby away from the student after Marla lies to the police about where she found the baby and Danny reveals the truth. She spitefully tells him he only did so just to get noticed and bolster his ego.



* SassyBlackWoman: Loretta Devine does sass like nobody's business.

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* SassyBlackWoman: SassyBlackWoman:
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Loretta Devine does sass like nobody's business.
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