How many times in your life did you dread going to school because of the teacher you had? Probably a fair number. But you certainly wouldn’t have felt hard done by if you had one of these awesome teachers of television history.
Ms. Frizzle — The Magic School Bus
Ms. Valerie Frizzle is arguably the coolest teacher of all time — and would definitely have converted any school-haters to school-loving-adventurers. She and her magic school bus take their small group of students on a multitude of adventures to illustrate scientific concepts. Whether it’s scooting through a person’s body to find out what’s making him sick, diving into baked goods to discover what makes them rise or shooting through outer space, a day with Ms. Frizzle would be a cool day indeed!
Best quote: “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
Mr. Feeny — Boy Meets World
George Feeny definitely wasn’t one to let you slide through school without some hard work and solid life lessons. But his good intentions and love for his students would certainly make for an unforgettable scholastic experience. And you know a teacher must be a great character when producers don’t just worry about how to keep the kids on the show once they passed high school; Feeny became Professor Feeny to keep him around when Cory, Shawn and Topanga entered college. Having a spectacular teacher from childhood through adolescence and into undergraduate studies? Yes, please!
Eric: “My grades aren’t good enough to get me into college?”
Mr. Feeny: “Your grades, my friend, aren’t good enough to get you a Slurpee.”
Rupert Giles — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
When not helping Buffy fend off demons and vampires, Giles acted as Sunnydale High’s librarian — and he was one British silver fox of a librarian. Particularly in flashback episodes, where you discover that before he dedicated his life to being the slayer’s watcher, he was one bada**, rock-and-roll-loving dude. Who wouldn’t want to spend more time amidst musty books if it meant a couple extra minutes of the day with Giles?
Best quote: “All right. I’ll just jump into my time machine, go back to the 12th century and ask the vampires to postpone their ancient prophecy for a few days while you take in dinner and a show.”
Coach and Tami Taylor — Friday Night Lights
This show‘s powerhouse of a teaching couple come as a pair because they are always infinitely stronger together than they are apart. What makes for a great school experience? Being motivated and encouraged by Coach Taylor and then snagging some much needed love and support from guidance counsellor Tami. We would happily return to school if it meant spending some quality time with this husband and wife teaching combo.
Tami: “Wanna fool around?”
Coach: “Do you?”
Tami: “Mmm… yeah.”
Coach: “I don’t sense a true commitment from that.”
Will Schuester — Glee
Truth be told, the glee club wouldn’t exist without Will Schuester. Without the glee club, all the kids at McKinley High who felt out of sorts or misunderstood wouldn’t have a place to come together as a community. And without that, none of us would be treated to the experience of having superb remixes of “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Somebody to Love” playing in our heads constantly. Schuester is a true inspiration to kids everywhere — and he certainly isn’t hard on the eyes either!
Best quote: “I have a Spanish quiz in which one of your cheerleaders misspelled her name and answered every question with a drawing of a sombrero!”