History Series / USAHigh

31st Aug '17 12:40:48 AM annette12
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
** The girls have Ashley as the blonde, Winnie as the brunette and Lauren as a lighter brown substituting redhead.
** The guys have Jackson as the blond, Lazzarini as the brunet and Christian again substituting light brown for redhead.
31st Aug '17 12:38:03 AM annette12
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* HotForTeacher: Lazz is eternally in love with Miss Dupree. The other guys fancy her too, but Lazz plays this up more.

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* HotForTeacher: Lazz HotTeacher: Miss Dupree. Mr. Elliot is eternally in love with Miss Dupree. her. The other guys students fancy her too, but Lazz plays this up more.especially Lazz.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Excess is one for Lazz in the second season, being similarly eccentric and [[MeaningfulName excessive.]]



* TownGirls: Winnie is Butch, Ashley is Femme and Lauren is Neither.

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* TownGirls: SassyBlackWoman Winnie is Butch, ditzy and innocent Ashley is Femme and GoGetterGirl Lauren is Neither.
31st Aug '17 12:29:49 AM annette12
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* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Two sets. Manly men - Christian and Jackson. Sensitive guys - Lazz and Mr Elliot.
31st Aug '17 12:26:19 AM annette12
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* Ashley Elliot - the headmaster's daughter, kind and sweet to everyone. She's also ''very'' British. And the only character that isn't a ''SBTB'' {{Expy}}.

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* Ashley Elliot - the headmaster's daughter, kind and sweet to everyone. She's also ''very'' British. And Along with Lazz, the only character that isn't a ''SBTB'' {{Expy}}.



* RecycledScript: Among such reused ''SBTB'' plots include:
** A character spending too much on their father's credit card.
** Guy falling for a disabled love interest and learning AnAesop.
** Boys helping babysit a baby and losing said infant.
31st Aug '17 12:22:56 AM annette12
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* {{Cloudcukoolander}}: Ashley to the degree that she sent a jello mould of her head to ''the Queen of England''.

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* {{Cloudcukoolander}}: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Ashley to the degree that she sent a jello mould of her head to ''the Queen of England''.
31st Aug '17 12:22:24 AM annette12
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** Christian is a male example, merging this with DumbMuscle.

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** Christian is a male example, merging this with DumbMuscle.DumbMuscle and DumbJock.



* TheCasanova: Jackson gets a lot of girls.
* CasanovaWannabe: Lazz ''tries '' to get a lot of girls.



* CloudCuckooLander: Ashley to the degree that she sent a jello mould of her head to ''the Queen of England''.

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* CloudCuckooLander: {{Cloudcukoolander}}: Ashley to the degree that she sent a jello mould of her head to ''the Queen of England''.


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* TheDitz: Out of the main characters, Christian and Ashley, especially the latter who's always prone to ComicallyMissingThePoint.


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* DumbJock: Christian isn't the brightest bulb. And he's a basketball player.


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* {{Expy}}: Most of them are expies from ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
** Jackson is a blonde troublemaker and casanova like Zack Morris.
** Christian is a LovableJock like Slater.
** Winnie is a more aggressive and masculine Lisa Turtle.
** Lauren is this to both Kelly and Jessie, being both the popular DudeMagnet ''and'' the intellectual, ambitious GoGetterGirl.
** Unlike the others, Ashley is not a ''SBTB'' {{Expy}}. She ''is'' however a British [[Series/{{Friends}} Phoebe Buffay]] in almost every way.


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* FunnyForeigner: Lazz is a dark-skinned Italian and the BigEater and PluckyComicRelief of the group.
2nd Jul '17 5:53:47 AM fearlessnikki
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[[quoteright:320:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/usa_high.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:320:Rocking at Bays-- I mean USA High.]]
Say, who else remembers that Peter Engel sitcom from the 90s? The one with the SixStudentClique who get up to all sorts of hijinx. Their favourite hangout is a local diner. Characters include the African-American rich girl with a heart of gold, the HollywoodDateless comic relief and of course the blond California dude - who has some on again-off again romantic tension with an attractive brunette.

''Saved By The Bell''? Who said anything about that?

''USA High'' was a sitcom spawned by Engel in the late 1990s, clearly inspired by the success of SBTB. It revolves around a boarding school in a very Americanised district of Paris, France (to the degree that the characters seem to pay for everything with dollars). The principal cast include:

* Jackson Greene - blond surfer dude from California and the newest student at the Academy. He's there to shake things up a little and come up with Zack Morris-esque zany schemes.
* Lauren Fontaine - the object of Jackson's affections. She's essentially Jessie meets Kelly - being the closest thing the group has to a responsible one, but at the same time not being a SoapboxSadie like Jessie was.
* Bobby Lazzarini - the PluckyComicRelief of the group and a TokenMinority of some sorts, being a dark-skinned Italian American. A RunningGag is his crush on one of the teachers.
* Winnie Barnes - the Lisa Turtle {{Expy}}, with the only difference being the lack of an UnwantedHarem. She's also a lot more physically aggressive than Lisa.
* Christian Mueller - the hunky jock who uniquely is German and therefore one of only two actual Europeans in the main cast. He and Winnie are the BetaCouple.
* Ashley Elliot - the headmaster's daughter, kind and sweet to everyone. She's also ''very'' British. And the only character that isn't a ''SBTB'' {{Expy}}.
* Mr Elliot - the headmaster, who splits his time between putting everyone on restriction and pining after...
* Ms Dupree - the resident sexy French teacher and frequent target of attraction from the male students.

The show was successful enough to last two seasons - and enjoyed a slight surge in popularity when rerun on Nickelodeon in the early 00s.

!!Tropin' at USA High:

* AesopAmnesia: Subverted in "Beauty & the Biker" where it looks like Ashley forgot the Aesop of "Odd Couple". However she realises that, despite her and Steel coming from different backgrounds, they do have rather a lot in common.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Used as a plot point where Miss Dupree lets on that she finds bad boys attractive. Cue Mr Elliot trying to act like one. Subverted in "Beauty & the Biker" when Ashley only shows interest in Steel ''after'' there's a GeekyTurnOn.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Mr Elliot and Miss Dupree. DependingOnTheWriter it sometimes seems one sided. [[spoiler: They eventually get married]].
* BetterAsFriends: Jackson and Ashley in one episode. They hook up, get on great but then realise they have nothing in common.
* BigApplesauce: Lazz is from Brooklyn.
* BilingualBackfire: Due to this, Christian and Winnie's costumes for a dance are mixed up. Instead of "bridal dress" (Winnie was attempting to get a replica of Princess Diana's wedding dress), she got "Frankfurters".
* BittersweetEnding: The finale has the gang graduating from the academy and realising that they'll all have to go their separate ways. Retroactively an earlier episode showed them meeting up at a reunion - obviously not having seen each other for several years. Additionally the Season 1 finale had Lazz leaving the school for real.
* BetaCouple: Winnie and Christian.
* BrainlessBeauty:
** Jackson has an UnwantedHarem of them in one episode. Put it this way; they're gotten rid of by being told he was last seen on the fourth floor. And the school has no fourth floor.
** Christian is a male example, merging this with DumbMuscle.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead:
** The girls have Ashley as the blonde, Winnie as the brunette and Lauren as a lighter brown substituting redhead.
** The guys have Jackson as the blond, Lazzarini as the brunet and Christian again substituting light brown for redhead.
* ButNotTooBlack: Averted. Winnie is fairly dark skinned and sports braided hair after a few episodes - and pairs up with the white Christian. And Excess is even darker skinned when he joins the cast.
* ButtMonkey: Lazz has a tendency to get girls using him for their ulterior motives.
* CatchPhrase: Mr Elliott's "You're all on restriction". He even parodies it in a DistantFinale.
* CloudCuckooLander: Ashley to the degree that she sent a jello mould of her head to ''the Queen of England''.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Ashley plays with this one. She's the headmaster's daughter but is frequently in trouble. But her father is NotSoAboveItAll.
* CoolTeacher: Miss Dupree, as the girls frequently go to her for help.
* DistantFinale: Oddly enough as the ''first'' season finale - showing the gang reuniting at the academy after several years. Winnie and Christian are now married and work as self-help author and therapist respectively. Lazz is a meat marketing mogul, Ashley is a TV executive, Lauren owns Cafe USA and Jackson is a successful musician. It also doubles as a ClipShow. The actual finale isn't this though.
* DumbBlonde: Ashley isn't the brightest bulb.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Miss Dupree had a very thick French accent in early episodes. After a while the actress instead spoke with just a hint of an accent.
* FourGirlEnsemble: Including Miss Dupree in the mix we have - the smart one (Lauren), the pretty one (Winnie), the childish one (Ashley) and the TeamMom (Miss Dupree).
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Ashley, to the degree where she rescues a chimpanzee in one episode and tries to hide it from her father.
* FriendshipMoment: All the time but notably at the end of "Buddies":
---> '''Lazz:''' I should have known that a girl like Tina would never be interested in me.
---> '''Christian:''' A girl like Tina isn't good enough for a guy like you.
* GenderEqualEnsemble: The main cast has six students, three girls and three boys. There's also a recurring male and female teacher to balance it out.
* GirlsNightOutEpisode: Of a sort. The girls trick the guys into going camping so they can have a night ''in''.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Ashley is blonde and therefore kind and considerate.
* HilarityEnsues: For most of the gang's schemes.
* HollywoodDateless: Lazz is this DependingOnTheWriter.
* HotForTeacher: Lazz is eternally in love with Miss Dupree. The other guys fancy her too, but Lazz plays this up more.
* HypocriticalHumour: The librarian scolds Jackson for making noise in the library - right before she plugs in a vacuum.
* IAmVeryBritish: Ashley and her father speak with very posh RP accents. Ditto for the teacher and his family in the StabTheSalad episode below.
* ImprobableAge: The students are supposed to be teenagers (definitely under 18 anyway) and yet are shown having co-ed dorms. France's prestigious academies must be quite liberal. In fairness to the last one, the boys and girls sleep in separate rooms - which could be monitored by teachers. Does raise a few eyebrows as to what parents would be comfortable with that arrangement.
* LastNameBasis: Lazz's mother is the only one who refers to him as Bobby.
* LocalHangout: The Max...I mean Cafe USA.
* ManHug: Those guys are always hugging.
* MissingMom: Ashley's mother is never mentioned.
* MrFanservice: Christian is a German muscleman who frequently appears shirtless.
* MsFanservice: Lauren is the glamorous leggy brunette, whose actress Elena Lyons made it onto Maxim's Hot 100 List in 2005.
* NegativeContinuity: If a character gets a love interest for an episode, don't expect to see them again even if they're together at the end. Otherwise averted with Lauren's recurring boyfriend Wallace and Lazz's permanent departure from the school.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Lazz falls out of a window watching Ms Dupree changing and sues the school for the injury suffered. At the end of the episode Mr Elliot falls out the window for the same reason.
* NotSoDifferent: Jackson in the pilot ruins the school uniforms by pouring red dye in the washing machine. After Mr Elliot decides to get rid of uniforms altogether, he says to Jackson "I used a ''lot'' more red dye".
* PairTheSpares:
** Ashley and Lazz are eventually revealed to have been in love - but the trope gets subverted when Lazz goes back to Brooklyn to live with his family.
** This trope becomes inverted as of a DistantFinale (that wasn't actually the finale). Winnie and Christian, and Ashley and Lazz are now married. However the Alpha Couple ends on a MaybeEverAfter situation.
* PurelyAestheticEra: A non-period example. Despite the French setting, the majority of the cast are Americans, they pay for everything with dollars and never seem to suffer any culture clash.
* PutOnABus: Lazz goes back to Brooklyn to spend some more time with his family.
* RecycledScript: Among such reused ''SBTB'' plots include:
** A character spending too much on their father's credit card.
** Guy falling for a disabled love interest and learning AnAesop.
** Boys helping babysit a baby and losing said infant.
* RelativeError: See StabTheSalad below. They see the teacher with a much younger woman and assume they had an affair and killed the wife. [[spoiler: The woman is their daughter]].
* RomanticFalseLead: Wallace is this for Lauren. Parodied in another episode where Christian makes up a girl called Monique to make Winnie jealous, and she does the same with a guy called Gunther.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Two sets. Manly men - Christian and Jackson. Sensitive guys - Lazz and Mr Elliot.
* SeriesFauxnale: An episode showing the gang meeting up at a reunion years in the future. It's in the first season and it's only the penultimate episode of that one.
* SassyBlackWoman: Winnie - black, feisty and hugely aggressive.
* SlipIntoSomethingMoreComfortable: Miss Dupree says this when she invites Mr Elliot over. Of course the something more comfortable is overalls - since she wanted help with painting her walls.
* SlutShaming: Used in one episode. Winnie has a date with a prince and plans to wear a sexy short dress. The rest of the gang try to persuade her to wear something more modest. [[spoiler: The Prince prefers the short dress instead]].
* StabTheSalad: One episode has a teacher and his wife arguing and she then disappears. When they overhear him speaking about a death, they report it to Mr Elliot. [[spoiler: The wife has just been away on tour with the theatre, their argument was her rehearsing a scene and the death was her pet goldfish]].
* SweaterGirl: Ashley frequently.
* TownGirls: Winnie is Butch, Ashley is Femme and Lauren is Neither.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Miss Dupree appears to teach rather a lot of subjects from the amount of classes the gang are seen having with her.
* TwoTimerDate:
** Jackson finds himself with one. His father has arranged for him to take the daughter of one of his associates to a HighSchoolDance. Meanwhile Lauren has been playing hard to get and panics about Jackson not asking her, so she tells him they're going together. In Jackson's defence he did ''try'' to break it off with the other girl. The fun starts when it turns out the dance is a costume ball and both girls get nominated for Best Costume.
** Subverted in another episode with a Sadie Hawkins Dance. Ashley gets addicted to asking several guys out to the same dance. She then appears at the dance with all six of them - and they each take turns dancing with her.
** In the same episode Lauren ends up with this too. Wallace is initially going with her to the dance but is called away for the weekend, so she asks Lazz to go as friends. When it turns out Wallace can make it afterall, Lauren opts to bring Lazz. TheReveal however is that Lazz called Wallace and persuaded him to come.
* TheUnfairSex: Mostly averted. The girls will be called out for any bad behaviour in a relationship, as will the boys.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Lazz falls down the mail chute. Miss Dupree pops a letter in and says hello to him without batting an eyelid.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Subverted in one episode where Jackson dates a blind girl. He frets about the budding relationship - because he's scared of commitment in general. But the girl herself assumes it's because of her blindness and breaks it off with him. The aesop is about Jackson learning to commit. The girl's blindness is kind of just incidental.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Christian, who's even shirtless in the opening credits.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: Despite the French setting (and numerous French recurring characters) the whole area seems very Americanised. The district in particular seems to be TheThemeParkVersion of California.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Jackson and Lauren in spades. Winnie and Christian to an extent as well, but they get and stay together pretty quickly. Lazz and Ashley are an aversion too, as the episode that reveals they do have feelings for each other does so immediately and they get together quickly. Mr Elliot and Miss Dupree of sorts as well. As of Season 2, TheyDo.
* WitchWithACapitalB: Ashley is shocked when she overhears an argument between a teacher and his wife, especially the part where he calls her a witch.
* WomenAreWiser: Miss Dupree in comparison to Mr Elliott. The rest of the girls blur this. While they take part in slapstick too, they're more likely to take the responsible route or the moral high ground compared to the boys.
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