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How Schools Have Been Portrayed in Movies & TV Over the Years

Updated: May 10, 2022

Classrooms represented in Hollywood have looked the same for generations - straight rows, teacher in front. The tide is changing toward more collaborative learning environments and movement within the classroom, but it sadly is still not the norm.

For nostalgia purposes, here's a look at some popular TV shows and movies that exemplify how little has changed over time.

The Wonder Years

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Saved by the Bell

Christmas Story

Billy Madison


Freaks & Geeks

The Simpsons

The Goldbergs


Can you think of any others?

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