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'' [[foldercontrol]]

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The show aired from October 2000 to January 2004 for a total of 81 episodes in four seasons.
!!This series provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Meredith Peters (AKA The Hook Lady) beat her son Jeremy and locked him in the basement as punishment.
* AdultsAreUseless: Both played straight and {{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 [[{{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.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Harry Senate was often on the receiving end of these kinds of speeches.
* 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 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."
* BadassTeacher: Steven Harper (despite being the principal), Scott Guber (although he's the vice principal), Harry Senate, Marla Hendricks, and Danny Hanson all qualify.
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Principal Steven Harper is bald and black.
* BenevolentBoss: Steven, [[BewareTheNiceOnes most of the time]].
%%* BirthdaySuitSurpriseParty
* 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.
-->'''Harvey''': Pick a new target, Scott.
* 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 is often on the receiving end of this trope.
* CallBack: Buttle
-->Oh, my head's up a horse's ass. I feel like...[[ItMakesSenseInContext bending over and pooping in my mouth]].
* CaptainSmoothAndSergeantRough: Steven and Guber have this dynamic in spades, with Steven as the [[BenevolentBoss benevolent and understanding authority figure]] and Guber as the [[MeanBoss strict]] but [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold even-handed]] disciplinarian.
* CelebrityStar: See HighSchoolDance.
** In Season 4, Music/{{REM}} performs during the ChristmasEpisode.
-->'''Marla:''' Excuse me... Are you guys any good?
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Lauren, Louisa, Brooke, Carmen Torres, and Charlie 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 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 ''Series/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.
* {{Flanderization}}: Guber suffers this during the whole series, turning into a shallow parody of his uptight behavior.
* FormerTeenRebel:
** Steven mentions he once got drunk and got into a car accident, and was involved in a robbery as a teenager.
** It's mentioned that Danny 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 exchange 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: In one Season 2 episode, Danny 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, and Carmen are all very attractive, to say the least. There was even a student poll where students voted for which teacher they wanted to sleep with most.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each episode is titled "Chapter One," "Chapter Two," etc.
* InformedJudaism: Guber and Harvey both state they are Jewish.
%%* InnerCitySchool
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Guber, Danny, and Charlie Bixby.
* 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.
%%* 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; 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, 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.
* MortonsFork: Invoked [[spoiler:but ultimately subverted]] in a Season 1 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.]]
* NWordPrivileges:
** Harvey once used the term "African-American Black-Colored Negroes." No one was particularly amused.
** In a Season 2 episode, Danny leads a class discussion about the 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.
* NaiveNewcomer: Kimberly Woods in the third season.
* NapoleonDelusion: In the fourth season, a student gets electrocuted and believes he's UsefulNotes/{{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.
** Ronnie becomes one after Lick leaves.
%%* PublicExposure
* PutOnABus: Milton Buttle, Kevin Riley, Lauren, Louisa, Harry, Kimberly Woods, Brooke.
* 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 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]].
** 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.
* 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 a 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.
%%* 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.
* 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 is this 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. It even almost gets him fired at one point in Season 1.
* WideEyedIdealist: Kimberly Woods in the third season.