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'' [[foldercontrol]]

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]], 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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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Meredith Peters (AKA The Hook Lady).
* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and inverted.
** 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.
** Harvey has it PlayedForLaughs as part of his character; he's completely clueless about what's going around and how to react.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Harry Senate was often on the receiving end of these kinds of speeches.
* 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]].
%%* BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty
* BunnyEarsLawyer:
** 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.
** Ronnie is an actual lawyer teaching in school ''for fun''.
%%* ButtMonkey: Guber
* CallBack: Buttle
-->Oh, my head's up a horse's ass. I feel like...[[ItMakesSenseInContext bending over and pooping in my mouth]].
* CelebrityStar: See HighSchoolDance.
* 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''.
* DeadpanSnarker: Harry Senate's schtick. As the series progress, it turns into WorldOfSnark.
* {{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.
* EmoTeen: They start to show up in later seasons to address (or dismiss) the issue with emo subculture.
* EverythingIsRacist: Whenever black parents show up, they ''always'' start with racism accusations, no matter what was the case, and add it to their FrivolousLawsuit against the school.
* FridayNightDeathSlot: Season 4.
* {{Flanderization}}: Scott Guber suffers one during the whole series, turning into a shallow parody of his uptight behavior.
* FormerTeenRebel: Steven, Danny Hanson.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Steven and Scott, to the point where they invite each other for Thanksgiving dinner and give Christmas presents.
* HiddenDepths: Guber, with his interest in classical music and HiddenHeartOfGold.
* HighSchoolDance: Music/WhitneyHouston performed at the prom in the third season finale.
* HollywoodAtheist: Danny Hanson.
* HotTeacher: Lauren, Marilyn, Ronnie and Carmen are all very attractive, to say the least.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode is titled "Chapter One," "Chapter Two," etc.
* InformedJudaism: Guber and Harvey both state they are Jewish.
%%* InnerCitySchool
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guber, Danny, Charlie Bixby.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No plans to make the show available on DVD.
%%* LesbianJock
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The faculty and the students are constantly growing in numbers, while some of them quit or graduate. It's even impossible to point out the main character and if it's the school itself.
* 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]].
* MeanBoss: Guber, though he's also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* MoodWhiplash: It's not uncommon to start or end an episode with someone dying and then go through some wacky antics by Harvey or Harry's snarking. ''Or'' make the episode light and funny to then do something terrible.
* NWordPrivileges: Harvey once used the term "African-American Black-Colored Negroes." And Danny once led a class discussion about the n-word.
* NaiveNewcomer: Kimberly Woods in the third season.
* NapoleonDelusion: In the fourth season, a student gets electrocuted and believes he's {{Jesus}}.
* NoMedicationForMe: Marla doesn't want to take her meds because she "can't feel anything" under them. Just for the record, she's mentally unstable and left her class with a suicide note on the board.
** Later on, a kid with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny attention deficit hyperactivity disorder]] was introduced. While annoying, he was also a brilliant student when off his pills, but under them, he barely functioned.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Superintendent Shinn in Season 1, Dave Fields in Season 3.
* OnlySaneMan: Steven and Guber.
* OpenSecret: [[TeacherStudentRomance Milton and Lisa's romance]] in Season 1. They keep on denying any relationship between them.
* ParentsAsPeople: Most often subverted and hit with maximum force. Parents are [[AdultsAreUseless useless]]. Or [[AbusiveParents abusive]]. Or ''both''. You can count "good" parents on your fingers for all four seasons.
* PetTheDog: Guber, several times.
* ThePlace: The show's called ''Boston Public''.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Meredith 'The Hook Lady' Peters in Season 2, Brooke Harper in Season 3.
* PsychologistTeacher: Bob "Big Boy" Lick. Students either ridicule or openly hate him.
%%* PublicExposure
* PutOnABus: Milton Buttle, Kevin Riley, Lauren, Louisa, Harry, Kimberly Woods, Brooke.
* 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]].
* ReactionShot: When Marilyn and Mr. Lick are watching a tape showing [[spoiler:a father molesting his daughter]], they turn back with disgust. For obvious reasons, [[TakeOurWordForIt viewers are never shown what they've seen]].
* 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.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Every school-related controversy of the late 90's/early 2000's was featured on the show. Threat of a school shooting? Check. Transgender prom queen? Check. Affirmative action-related race riot? Check...
* RousingSpeech: Harry Senate tends to give [[InvertedTrope inversions]] of these, pointing out how much his students failed him and how they are on the best way to wasting their lives. It works most of the time to get them back on the right track.
* SassyBlackWoman: Loretta Devine does sass like nobody's business.
** Don't forget the bus driver, Mrs. Parks, who frequently stopped by and demanded that the staff "SMELL THAT SHOE!" and also never let them forget that she ONLY makes $19,000 a year!
%%* SatelliteCharacter
* 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."
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Guber talks all the time in a very elaborate and official way. Some of the students hardly follow what he's saying to them.
* SchoolPlay: A small charity play was organized in first season, as a sketch covering all recent events involving the faculty.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: When it was moved to Fridays in the fourth season.
%%* SoapBoxSadie
* StalkerWithACrush: Lauren dates one of these at first before realizing what a psycho he is. And get this? He used to be a student of hers.
** Kimberly Woods is victimized by one of these in the third season.
* TheStarscream: Guber to Steven.
* SternTeacher: Guber often gets called out for being this. As does Lauren in the second season.
* TeacherStudentRomance: Buttle begins a relationship with Lisa Greer, whom he believes is a college student but later learns is a student at Winslow High. He ultimately ends up getting fired for it.
* TeamDad: Steven to the rest of the faculty.
* TeenGenius: Riley in the third season.
* TeenPregnancy: A few cases.
* TonightSomeoneDies: Second-string characters would get introduced for the express purpose of dying later on in the series, sometimes as soon as the same episodes they've been introduced.
* TwoTeacherSchool: While the faculty is quite big for a show set in the school, it's still around 10 people all the time. And did you notice that the only non-Humanities teacher ever mentioned in first three seasons is Math teacher who is a PosthumousCharacter?
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Harvey is completely oblivious about how bad his bigotry is. He doesn't even think about himself as a bigot and when he finally realizes it, it's a HeroicBSOD for him.
* WackyHomeroom: The Dungeon. The very reason why Marla walks out on the class, though not before writing "Gone to kill myself. Hope you're happy" on the blackboard.
* WalkAndTalk: Most of the time, the teachers talk with each other while traversing the corridor. Steven is usually informed about the situation while walking to the site.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Harry Senate. Dear God, Harry Senate.
* WideEyedIdealist: Kimberly Woods in the third season.
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