Mr. Student Body President is an original series from New Form Digital. It follows Tyler Prendergast (Jeremy Shada), the student body president of Berenger High School, as he and his government attempt to pursue their objectives in the face of their obstructive new Principal Renee Helfrick (Christina Moore). The central joke of the series is that it is a High School comedy in which the characters act as if they are in a Government Procedural.
The series streams on Verizon's go90 service. The first episode aired on September 22, 2016.
Mr. Student Body President provides examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The student government at Berenger High is apparently able to veto decisions made by the faculty, and the President is able to pardon students for minor infractions, both practices which are unheard of in real life schools. Of course, at least some of this power seems to come from Tyler's willingness to get his hands dirty to get what he wants.
- Brick Joke: Early on in Episode 1, Mickenna and Neila are suspended for using the word "Chodunk" on social media, and Savannah explains this is a new, made-up swear word used by Senior girls. Later, Natalie Vendenburg calls Tyler a chodunk for telling people not to go to her birthday party, to Tyler's bemusement.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Student characters often self-censor in the presence of teachers, Truth in Television for many high schoolers. This does not, however, preclude the occasional Precision F-Strike.
- Machiavelli Was Wrong: Hadley goes through this in season 2 when she starts a friendship with a group of kind hearted underclassmen who showed her being love is better than being feared when they invited her to walk with them during lunch. She realize the kind of sway the girls' positivity and kindness have on managing the student population and even almost suggested they get into politics.
- Our Presidents Are Different: Tyler is an odd mix of President Scheming and President Focus Group. He is willing to do whatever it takes, including threatening the principal, in order to get what the students want. On the other hand, he does seem to focus his plans more on groups he particularly dislikes, mainly anyone and everyone who thinks "High School doesn't matter."
- Serious Business: Everything at Berenger, from the student government, to pep rallies to cliques, are treated with all the pomp and importance you'd expect to see on shows starring adults. Specifically, the student government wields more power than the faculty, pep rallies are an honored tradition, and different cliques are described using terms more suited to ethnic groups.
- Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal: In season 2, the senior student members of the SGA all had a hand in humiliating Tyler as retribution for "phonegate". Jenna Corgey, Tyler's VP, going as far as trying to trade political favors for eventual control of the SGA and stage a coup with her fellow seniors.
- Student Council President: Tyler, natch.
- The Dragon: Hadley Pulito acts as one for Tyler's administration, being his right-hand woman who is even more ready to play dirty than he is, and very rarely questions orders.
- The Oner: One of the Walk and Talk variety opens up the first episode and lasts the first two minutes, in homage to classic Government Procedurals such as The West Wing.
- The Stool Pigeon: Rory gained this title when he ratted Hadley out in Season 1.