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 DegrassiIn 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.
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 Lawsuits about twice per episode. In most cases, this undermined every effort made, successful or not.
Harvey has it Played for Laughs as part of his character; he's completely clueless about what's going around and how to react.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.