->''"I'm gonna live forever, I'm gonna learn how to fly (High!)''\\
''I feel it coming together, people will see me and cry.''\\
''I'm gonna make it to heaven, light up the sky like a flame.''\\
''I'm gonna live forever, baby remember my name!"''

A musical film in 1980 that later became a stage musical and then was remade in 2009, ''Fame'' is the story of some students of the New York High School of Performing Arts, a very exclusive school (which has since been merged with the High School of Music & Art to become the Fiorello H. [=LaGuardia=] High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts). The students find themselves cooperating amongst themselves and with the faculty, even as they compete for chances in the real world to make their dreams of stardom come true, and the obstacles that stand in their way on a personal level.

''Fame'' is an interesting example in that, along with the silver screen and the stage, it's also been presented as a musical television series, several times. The last attempt, in 2003, took the form of a RealityShow similar to ''Series/AmericanIdol''.

The original film received two UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s: one for the score in general, and one for the title track.

The film inspired also a 1982 TV series of the same name with much of the film's cast reprising their roles, and another series in 1997-98 titled ''Fame L.A.''.
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!!The movies provide examples of:

* AmbiguouslyGay: Kevin in the remake. The actors and the director [[http://www.afterelton.com/movies/2009/9/how-gay-fame-character disagree whether he is gay or not]].
* ArtisticLicense: "P.A." as shown in the film closed in 1984, but modern productions such as ''TheLifeAquatic'' are mentioned by the characters in the remake.
* AwardBaitSong: "Out Here On My Own." Nominated for Oscar, but lost to the title song (so they technically both won and lost that Oscar).
* CastingCouch
* ComingOutStory: Montgomery
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Malik's sister Ayanna died very young, and [[ParentalAbandonment his father left his family]] even before that.
* DrivenToSuicide: Nearly happens to Lisa in the original and Kevin in the remake after they're informed that their ballet skills aren't enough to recommend them to a professional dance studio.
* GraduationForEveryone: The end
* HighSchool: Albeit an "alternative" one.
** HighSchoolDance: A much more interesting one than ''most'' people had in their schools, to be sure!
** HighSchoolRocks: Literally.
* {{Gayngst}}: Montgomery. It makes sense considering when this takes place.
* IAmBecomingSong: "In L.A.", though it's more I Was Becoming.
* IAmWhatIAm / IAmSong: "Out Here on My Own".
* IWantSong: "Fame", natch.
* InspiredBy: The real students of the real school.
* KickTheDog: "Who in the world told you you were special?"
* ProsceniumReveal: One of the main characters is monologuing about his mother. It looks like an interview, until he flubs a line and we realize it's an audition.
* SchoolPlay / GraduateFromTheStory: "I Sing the Body Electric"/"Hold Your Dream".
* ShrinkingViolet: Doris in the original, Jenny in the remake. [[CharacterDevelopment They get better.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Stuck firmly on the cynical end. This is not a film which shys from showing how hard it is to get into showbiz. If you're talented, focused and willing to work to achieve your dream... it might not be enough. If you are unlucky, you will fail. If you are worse than anyone else, you will fail. If you fall in with the wrong people, you will fail. "All we can guarantee is seven harsh lessons and a hot lunch a day", indeed.
* SpiritualSuccessor: So, so many.
** ''{{Film/Camp}}'' = ''Fame'' AT SUMMER CAMP!
** ''Series/{{Glee}}'' = ''Fame'' IN A REGULAR SCHOOL!
** ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' = ''Fame'' AS A SCREWBALL COMEDY!
** ''DreamHigh'' = ''Fame'' IN [[KoreanDrama KOREA]]!
* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: Coco is approached in a diner by a sleazy guy claiming to be a director. She goes to his apartment for a "screen test" and he orders her to undress in front of a camera. She does so, and starts crying from embarrassment and shame.

!! The TV series provides examples of:

* {{Bowdlerize}}: TV!Montgomery is not that obviously gay, compared to the movie version of him.
* CatapultNightmare: Season 2 episode 12, "Tough Act to Follow", opens with Danny having a dream where he is in the elevator of the apartment building that Mr. Crandall lives in. The elevator malfunctions with Danny still inside, and he is left screaming, "Crandall!" Danny then wakes up right at the stroke of 2:36 AM. At school that day, he finds out that Mr. Crandall died of a heart attack early in the morning, and asks Mrs. Berg what time Crandall died. She says she doesn't know, and [[TearJerker after a replay of the scene where Danny wakes up, he says "I know".]]
* ChristmasEpisode: "All I Want For Christmas" and "Ebenezer Morloch".
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: While many cast members got fond farewells, others vanished without warning (i.e. Doris). Subverted in that many of them come BackForTheFinale.
* DancePartyEnding: The finale - and yes, it was to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0BUiqrSXZo title song]].
* FirstRunSyndication: After NBC canned the show after 2 seasons, the rest of the show ran in syndication.
* LastEpisodeThemeReprise: See DancePartyEnding for the video.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The Season 2 "Episodes" had its main plot (Leroy losing a role in the school's play after being tardy when he decided to try out for a dance troupe) based on Gene Anthony Ray (who played Leroy) being constantly late for tapings and rehearsals. Apparently, the message didn't sink in at the time for Ray; who ended up being suspended for 5 episodes in Season 3.
** The decision to have Nicole Chapman killed off towards the end was the result of two eerie coincidences - the writers were planning on doing a drunk driving episode around the time Nia Peeples planned on leaving the show. Rather than [[PutOnABus put Nicole on a bus]], they killed her off entirely (and later regretted doing so).
* RearrangeTheSong: For the first few seasons, the theme was arranged [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV9ajjn46dY in a similar manner as the film version]]. By the last season, however, the song received a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPG1Y5xaQHA more synthpop sounding arrangement]].
* RecycledSoundtrack: The song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-9egNSYdVA "That Dream"]], featured in the season 3 episode "A Way of Winning", later appeared in the ''Series/KidsIncorporated'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTVnedm5J88 "You've Got The Wrong Date"]]. A given, since both shows were made by MGM and featured original songs by Michael Cruz.
** The song "That's Dancin'" was also shared by both shows, appearing in the ''Fame'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH-NMOS3HhA "The Rivalry"]] and the ''Kids Incorporated'' episode [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCNfB_4yTIs "The Wallflower"]].
* SayMyName: See CatapultNightmare.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Many, including "Help From My Friends" and "Go Softly Into the Morning".
* YetAnotherChristmasCarol: Naturally, "Ebenezer Morloch".

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!!The musical version provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Mr. Myers.
* AlphaBitch: Iris Kelly, though it's more how the other kids see her.
* AngryBlackMan: Tyrone, in the beginning.
* BigManOnCampus: Nick
* TheCasanova: Joe Vegas likes to think he is.
* CastingCouch: Implied to happen to Carmen Diaz.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lambchop.
-->'''Lambchop''': Sorry I'm late! My bus had a flat and I missed the ferry. See, I come from the end of the world - Staten Island.\\
'''Ms. Sherman''': Miss Lamb, that's no excuse.\\
''Lambchop''': I know, it's a curse!
* DoomedProtagonist: [[spoiler: Carmen]]
* GoodBadGirl: Carmen
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Carmen verges on this - [[spoiler: she gets hooked on drugs and has lots of anonymous sex in L.A., then dies of an overdose]].
* HippieTeacher: Ms. Bell and Mr. Sheinkopf.
* IWantSong: several
** "Hard Work" for the students ("when I hit the heights, put my name in lights, show the world that I can make it...")
** "I Want to Make Magic" for Nick
** "There She Goes/Fame" for Carmen
* InnerCitySchool
* LargeHam: Mabel.
* LovableNerd: Schlomo. Just ask Carmen.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Pray I Make P.A./Hard Work".
* NiceGuy: Schlomo.
* PetTheDog: After spending most of the production being overly strict and a bit harsh on her students, Miss Sherman's offer to help Tyrone [[spoiler:learn how to read]] and her subsequent song, ''These Are My Children'', definitely comes across as this, as well as a CrowningMomentOfheartwarming.
* ShrinkingViolet: Serena, until she comes out of her shell.
* SingleGirlSeeksMostPopularGuy: Serena and Nick.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Carmen and Schlomo.
* SternTeacher: Ms. Sherman. Tough as hell, but she's got a soft spot for Tyrone.
* {{Tomboy}}: Lambchop

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