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Series: Boston Public
A comedy-drama series created by David E. Kelley and airing on FOX, Boston Public basically told the story of the Teen Drama 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 In America!, except the teachers are the troubled ones. The show lasted from October 2000 to January 2004. A total of 81 episodes in four seasons.

This series provides examples of:

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer:
    • 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.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: 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.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: For the first few seasons, Guber can't catch a break with the ladies. First, he dates a woman who turns out to be a hooker (hired by his brother, no less), then hooks up with Meredith Peters, a psychopathic Abusive Parent with a hook for a hand. Not to mention hopelessly pining for Lauren and later Marilyn. And what's amazing is that, being Jewish by his own admission, Scott always falls for non-Jewish women. And in Season 4, he ends up with an ex-porn star. ("At least she's a Democrat," he tells Steven.)
  • Loophole Abuse: 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 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.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Harvey finds out in Season 2 that he has an African-American son, grandson and great-grandchildren.
  • Mean Boss: Guber, though he's also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Mood Whiplash: 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.
  • N-Word Privileges: Harvey once used the term "African-American Black-Colored Negroes." And Danny once led a class discussion about the n-word.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Kimberly Woods in the third season.
  • Napoleon Delusion: In the fourth season, a student gets electrocuted and believes he's Jesus.
  • No Medication for Me: 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.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Superintendent Shinn in Season 1, Dave Fields in Season 3.
  • Only Sane Man: Steven and Guber.
  • Open Secret: Milton and Lisa's romance in Season 1. They keep on denying any relationship between them.
  • Parents as People: Most often subverted and hit with maximum force. Parents are useless. Or abusive. Or both. You can count "good" parents on your fingers for all four seasons.
  • Pet the Dog: Guber, several times.
  • The Place: The show's called Boston Public.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Meredith 'The Hook Lady' Peters in Season 2, Brooke Harper in Season 3.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Bob "Big Boy" Lick. Students either ridicule or openly hate him.
  • Put on a Bus: Milton Buttle, Kevin Riley, Lauren, Louisa, Harry, Kimberly Woods, Brooke.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: 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. No matter what.
  • Reaction Shot: When Marilyn and Mr. Lick are watching a tape showing a father molesting his daughter, they turn back with disgust. For obvious reasons, viewers are never shown what they've seen.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: 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, he is right.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Steven. Also Guber, when he's not Lawful Stupid at the moment.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: 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...
  • Rousing Speech: Harry Senate tends to give 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.
  • Sassy Black Woman: 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!
  • Save Our Students: 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, Dead Horse Trope, so kids don't want to be "saved."
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Guber talks all the time in a very elaborate and official way. Some of the students hardly follow what he's saying to them.
  • School Play: A small charity play was organized in first season, as a sketch covering all recent events involving the faculty.
  • Screwed by the Network: When it was moved to Fridays in the fourth season.
  • Stalker with a Crush: 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.
  • The Starscream: Guber to Steven.
  • Stern Teacher: Guber often gets called out for being this. As does Lauren in the second season.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: 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.
  • Team Dad: Steven to the rest of the faculty.
  • Teen Genius: Riley in the third season.
  • Teen Pregnancy: A few cases.
  • Tonight Someone Dies: 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.
  • Two-Teacher School: 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 Posthumous Character?
  • Troubled Sympathetic Bigot: 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 Heroic BSOD for him.
  • Wacky Homeroom: 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.
  • Walk and Talk: 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Harry Senate. Dear God, Harry Senate.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Kimberly Woods in the third season.

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