History Series / WelcomeFreshmen

28th May '16 1:45:49 AM SpideyTerry
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* {{Irony}}: According to Kevin, Merv was thrilled to skip ahead to college until he found out he'd be a freshman again.



* LaserGuidedKarma: A subplot of "Math, Lies & Videotape" is Kevin intending to cheat his way through midterms by buying last year's tests. He blows off studying, but the day before testing, he learns Mr. Lippman is cracking down so hard on cheating that the teachers are changing their usual tests. Kevin has to stay up all night studying just to try to squeak by.



* PutOnABus: Merv and Tarah both left after the second season.

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* PutOnABus: Merv and Tarah both left after the second season.season--the former going to college and the latter getting roped into a protest.



* SecondYearProtagonist: Obviously averted, considering the title is "Welcome '''Freshmen'''.''

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* SecondYearProtagonist: Obviously averted, considering the title is "Welcome '''Freshmen'''.'' Played straight in the second season with Kevin and Alex.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Compared to other tween shows at the time, Welcome Freshmen veered pretty far on the cynical end of the scale. None of the characters were especially likeable or nice, the principal was a bumbling idiot who everyone hated, there were no lessons learned at the end of any episode, and in many cases characters would [[KarmaHoudini get away with cheating, deceit, etc.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Walter. In fact, when he took his [=SAT=] exam, he did so poorly that the computer gave him a perfect score ''out of pity''.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Compared to other tween shows at the time, Welcome Freshmen veered pretty far on the cynical end of the scale. None of the characters were especially likeable likable or nice, the principal was a bumbling idiot who everyone hated, there were no lessons learned at the end of any episode, and in many cases characters would [[KarmaHoudini get away with cheating, deceit, etc.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Walter. In fact, when he took his [=SAT=] exam, he did so poorly that the computer gave him a perfect score ''out of pity''. [[spoiler:It's a miracle he gets out of his freshman year at the end of the series]].
* TokenGoodTeammate: In contrast to the others, Walter's foibles and bad habits were the result of genuine stupidity. He often acted quite personable and was rarely ever antagonistic.
19th May '16 4:52:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ReTool: The format changed from sketch comedy to SavedByTheBell styled sitcom in the third season.

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* ReTool: The format changed from sketch comedy to SavedByTheBell Series/SavedByTheBell styled sitcom in the third season.
29th Sep '15 9:02:20 AM ropertroper
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* GenerationXerox: The Mr. History segments involve past freshmen, all played by the shows main actors. Though this could be more of an ImagineSpot.
7th Sep '15 1:22:05 PM Bissek
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* SenselessViolins: One 'Mr History' sketch parodied prohibition with the students making bathtub bubblegum. When caught by the teachers, they brought out violin cases, from which they removed violins. [[DreadfulMusician That they played very badly]].
2nd Sep '15 6:33:12 AM MartyD82
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* LimitedSocialCircle

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* LimitedSocialCircleLimitedSocialCircle: Aside from the occasional incidental character (such as Mr. Lippman's nephew coming to visit), we never see the main characters hang around with anybody other than each other.
2nd Sep '15 6:31:09 AM MartyD82
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* HollywoodNerd: Merv is somewhere between Type 1 and Type 2.


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* LimitedSocialCircle
2nd Sep '15 6:29:43 AM MartyD82
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Originally, the show was a sketch comedy show, with the sketches tied to a theme (such as "money" or "holidays"). In the third season, the format changed to a more typical tween-oriented sitcom. Basically, ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' but far more cynical and far less moralistic.

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Originally, the show was a sketch comedy show, with the sketches tied to a theme (such as "money" or "holidays"). In the third season, the format changed to a more typical tween-oriented sitcom. Basically, ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' but far more cynical and far less moralistic.
2nd Sep '15 6:29:23 AM MartyD82
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Originally, the show was a sketch comedy show, with the sketches tied to a theme (such as "money" or "holidays"). In the third season, the format changed to a more typical tween-oriented sitcom.

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Originally, the show was a sketch comedy show, with the sketches tied to a theme (such as "money" or "holidays"). In the third season, the format changed to a more typical tween-oriented sitcom. \n Basically, ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' but far more cynical and far less moralistic.
30th Aug '15 7:09:05 PM ropertroper
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* ButtMonkey: Manny.


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* CourtroomEpisode: "The People Vs. Walter".


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* MysteryMeat: The title of a band the gang forms in one segment.
3rd Aug '15 7:48:54 PM Mikeyfan93
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'''Welcome Freshmen''' is a {{Nickelodeon}} series produced from [[TheNineties 1991 to 1993]] (with reruns airing until 1996) that took place at the fictional [[HighSchool Hawthorne High School]]. The main characters consisted of freshmen Merv, Alex, Tarah, Kevin, and Walter, and their principal, Elliot Lippman, who often imagined himself as a stand-up comedian[[note]]oddly, there were sometimes. In the third season, Tarah and Merv left and new students Manny, Erin, and Grant were added to the cast.

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'''Welcome Freshmen''' is a {{Nickelodeon}} series produced from [[TheNineties 1991 to 1993]] (with reruns airing until 1996) that took place at the fictional [[HighSchool Hawthorne High School]]. The main characters consisted of freshmen Merv, Alex, Tarah, Kevin, and Walter, and their principal, Elliot Lippman, who often imagined himself as a stand-up comedian[[note]]oddly, there were sometimes.comedian. In the third season, Tarah and Merv left and new students Manny, Erin, and Grant were added to the cast.
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