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** In Season 4, Music/{{REM}} performs during the ChristmasEpisode.
-->'''Marla:''' Excuse me... Are you guys any good?
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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.
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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.
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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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* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and inverted.
** The faculty ''do'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective ones. 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]], successful or not.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and inverted.
**
inverted. The faculty ''do'' ''does'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective ones.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]], made]] by the teachers to help the kids, successful or not.



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

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



* PyrrhicVictory: The resolution of firing Kevin Riley in Season 1. Not only did the case itself create a lot of bad air, strain all the relations between the faculty ''and'' the years-long friendship between Steven and Scott, it also ended with six teachers quitting in the protest and ridicule of Scott for his actions. The only "gain" was the court verdict that his decision was right. [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans No matter what]].

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* PyrrhicVictory: The resolution of firing Kevin Riley in Season 1. Not only did the case itself create a lot of bad air, strain all the relations between the faculty ''and'' the years-long friendship between Steven and Scott, it also ended with six teachers quitting in the protest and ridicule of Scott for his actions. The only "gain" was the court verdict that his decision was right. [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans No matter what]].



** 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.



* SaveOurStudents: But they just don't care or bother to be saved. Most of the kids are completely ignorant to ''anything''. And their parents usually support that. The teachers themselves invoke how this got ridiculed by pop culture and turned into a sappy, DeadHorseTrope, so kids don't want to be "saved."

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* SaveOurStudents: But they just don't care or bother to be saved. Most of the kids are completely ignorant to ''anything''. And their parents usually support that. The teachers themselves invoke how this got ridiculed by pop culture and turned into a sappy, sappy DeadHorseTrope, so kids don't want to be "saved."



* TheStarscream: Guber to Steven.
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A comedy-drama series created by 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. The show lasted from October 2000 to January 2004. A total of 81 episodes in four seasons.

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A comedy-drama series created by DavidEKelley 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. ones.

The show lasted aired from October 2000 to January 2004. A 2004 for a total of 81 episodes in four seasons.



* AbusiveParents: Meredith Peters (AKA The Hook Lady).

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* AbusiveParents: Meredith Peters (AKA The Hook Lady).Lady) beat her son Jeremy and locked him in the basement as punishment.



** The teachers ''do'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective ones. 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]], successful or not.

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** The teachers faculty ''do'' generally make attempts to help; they're just not always effective ones. But parents? Forget it. They are always portrayed as either useless, pretentious pretentious, or overprotective of their kids, setting hypocritical double standards for children and teachers teachers, and going for {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s about twice per episode. In most cases, this [[AllForNothing undermined every effort made]], successful or not.



* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The series run 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 "The Dragon Lady" Shinn in the first season.
* BadassTeacher: Harry Senate and Danny Hanson.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Principal Steven Harper.
* BenevolentBoss: Steven. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Most of the time]].

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The series run runs on this, with {{Frivolous Lawsuit}}s left and right, [[LoopholeAbuse using loopholes]] as standard procedure procedure, and judges officially claiming in their verdict they treat the case [[ItsPersonal fully personal]].
* BadBoss: Superintendent Marsha "The Dragon Lady" Shinn in the first season.
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."
* BadassTeacher: Steven Harper (despite being the principal), Scott Guber (although he's the vice principal), Harry Senate Senate, Marla Hendricks, and Danny Hanson.
Hanson all qualify.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Principal Steven Harper.
Harper is bald and black.
* BenevolentBoss: Steven. Steven, [[BewareTheNiceOnes Most most of the time]].



** Harvey, Marla and Harry should be ''all'' fired right in the first episode for their quirks and highly-questionable actions, yet they're part of the regular cast.

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** Harvey, Marla Marla, and Harry should be ''all'' fired right in the first episode for their quirks and highly-questionable highly questionable actions, yet they're part of the regular cast.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lauren, Louisa, Brooke, Carmen Torres, Charlie Bixby.
* CodeSilver: One of the episodes from the first season revolves around a lockdown of the school and a desperate attempt by the police to find a student who is the murderer of a restaurant owner.
* CrossOver: With ''ThePractice'' and later ''Series/BostonLegal''.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lauren, Louisa, Brooke, Carmen Torres, and Charlie Bixby.
Bixby all disappear with little or no trace or mention of what happened to them (it's stated Lauren got a job at a private school, though).
* CodeSilver: One of the episodes from the first season revolves around a lockdown lock-down of the school and a desperate attempt by the police to find a student who is the murderer of a restaurant owner.
* CrossOver: With ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' and later ''Series/BostonLegal''.



* {{Dramedy}}: Serious social issues, [[TonightSomeoneDies death]] and teaching problems are combined with [[BlackComedy black]] and [[CringeComedy cringe comedy]], while many negative traits of the faculty are PlayedForLaughs.

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* {{Dramedy}}: Serious social issues, [[TonightSomeoneDies death]] death]], and teaching problems are combined with [[BlackComedy black]] and [[CringeComedy cringe comedy]], while many negative traits of the faculty are PlayedForLaughs.



* FridayNightDeathSlot: Season 4.



* FormerTeenRebel: Steven, Danny Hanson.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steven and Scott, to the point where they invite each other for Thanksgiving dinner and give Christmas presents.

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* FormerTeenRebel: Steven, FormerTeenRebel:
** Steven mentions he once got drunk and got into a car accident, and was involved in a robbery.
** It's mentioned that
Danny Hanson.
Hanson got busted for grand theft auto. Twice.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steven and Scott, to the point where they invite each other over for Thanksgiving dinner and give exchange Christmas presents.



* HollywoodAtheist: Danny Hanson.
* HotTeacher: Lauren, Marilyn, Ronnie and Carmen are all very attractive, to say the least.

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* HollywoodAtheist: In one Season 2 episode, Danny Hanson.
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}}.
* HotTeacher: Lauren, Marilyn, Ronnie Ronnie, and Carmen are all very attractive, to say the least.least. There was even a student poll where students voted for which teacher they wanted to sleep with most.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No plans to make the show available on DVD.



* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: For the first few seasons, Guber can't catch a break with the ladies. First, he dates a woman [[spoiler:who turns out to be a hooker (hired by his brother, no less)]], then hooks up with Meredith Peters, a psychopathic [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]] with a hook for a hand. Not to mention hopelessly pining for Lauren and later Marilyn. And what's amazing is that, [[InformedJudaism being Jewish by his own admission]], Scott always falls for ''non-Jewish'' women. And in Season 4, he [[spoiler:ends up with an ex-porn star. ("At least she's a Democrat," he tells Steven.)]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Sheryl Holt's favorite way of saving her ass, her website and its content. After a while, Guber got really sick of dealing with her, so he [[KickTheSonOfABitch turned the tables and used a simple loophole of his own]]--since every time he suspended Sheryl and her father would send a lawyer, Guber simply did the math and realized how costly it will be in the long run if he keeps on suspending her ''every single day'' and then force the lawyer to wait for him for a few hours.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Harvey finds out in Season 2 that he [[spoiler:has an African-American son, grandson and great-grandchildren]].

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* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: For the first few seasons, Guber can't catch a break with the ladies. First, he dates a woman [[spoiler:who turns out to be a hooker (hired by his brother, no less)]], less; he's not very happy about that)]], then hooks up with Meredith Peters, a psychopathic [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]] with a hook for a hand. Not to mention hopelessly pining for Lauren and later Marilyn. And what's amazing is that, [[InformedJudaism being Jewish by his own admission]], Scott always falls for ''non-Jewish'' women. And in Season 4, he [[spoiler:ends up with an ex-porn star. ("At least she's a Democrat," he tells Steven.)]]
* LoopholeAbuse: Sheryl Holt's favorite way of saving her ass, her website website, and its content. After a while, Guber got really sick of dealing with her, so he [[KickTheSonOfABitch turned the tables and used a simple loophole of his own]]--since every time he suspended Sheryl and her father would send a lawyer, Guber simply did the math and realized how costly it will be in the long run if he keeps on suspending her ''every single day'' and then force the lawyer to wait for him for a few hours.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Harvey finds out in Season 2 that he [[spoiler:has an African-American son, grandson grandson, and great-grandchildren]].



* MortonsFork: Invoked [[spoiler: but ultimately subverted]] in a season one episode. A linebacker for the school football team is [[spoiler: seemingly]] gay, and expects to share the same accommodations, including shower facilities, as the other players. The teachers discuss the dilemma they face: if they deny his request, he will sue for anti-gay discrimination; if they grant it, the other players could sue for sexual harassment. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a false dilemma, as the player isn't even gay.]]

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* MortonsFork: Invoked [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but ultimately subverted]] in a season one Season 1 episode. A linebacker for the school football team is [[spoiler: seemingly]] gay, [[spoiler:seemingly]] gay and expects to share the same accommodations, including shower facilities, as the other players. The teachers discuss the dilemma they face: if they deny his request, he will sue for anti-gay discrimination; if they grant it, the other players could sue for sexual harassment. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It turns out to be a false dilemma, as the player isn't even gay.]]



** Ronnie becomes one after Lick leaves.



* PyrrhicVictory: The resolution of firing Kevin in Season 1. Not only did the case itself create a lot of bad air, strain all the relations between the faculty ''and'' the years-long friendship between Steven and Scott, it also ended with six teachers quitting in the protest and ridicule of Scott for his actions. The only "gain" was the court verdict that his decision was right. [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans No matter what]].

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* PyrrhicVictory: The resolution of firing Kevin Riley in Season 1. Not only did the case itself create a lot of bad air, strain all the relations between the faculty ''and'' the years-long friendship between Steven and Scott, it also ended with six teachers quitting in the protest and ridicule of Scott for his actions. The only "gain" was the court verdict that his decision was right. [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans No matter what]].



* 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]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Steven. Also Guber, when he's not LawfulStupid at the moment.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: After being fired, Kevin delivers one to Steven about his double standards, hypocrisy, authoritarian ways ways, and walking away from any serious problems. Even if he's doing it out of anger and spite, [[StrawmanHasAPoint he is right]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Steven. Steven.
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Also Guber, when he's not LawfulStupid at the moment.



* SaveOurStudents: But they just don't care or bother to be saved. Most of the kids are completely ignorant to ''anything''. And their parents usually support that. The teachers themselves invoke how this got ridiculed by pop culture and turned into sappy, DeadHorseTrope, so kids don't want to be "saved."

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* SaveOurStudents: But they just don't care or bother to be saved. Most of the kids are completely ignorant to ''anything''. And their parents usually support that. The teachers themselves invoke how this got ridiculed by pop culture and turned into a sappy, DeadHorseTrope, so kids don't want to be "saved."



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: When it was moved to Fridays in the fourth season.



* TeamDad: Steven to the rest of the faculty.

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* TeamDad: Steven is this to the rest of the faculty.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Harry Senate. Dear God, Harry Senate.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Harry Senate. Dear God, Harry Senate. It even almost gets him fired at one point in Season 1.
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* MortonsFork: Invoked [[spoiler: but ultimately subverted]] in a season one episode. A linebacker for the school football team is [[spoiler: seemingly]] gay, and expects to share the same accommodations, including shower facilities, as the other players. The teachers discuss the dilemma they face: if they deny his request, he will sue for anti-gay discrimination; if they grant it, the other players could sue for sexual harassment. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a false dilemma, as the player isn't even gay.]]
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