Where Are All The College-Set TV Series?

Where Are All The College-Set TV Series?
In a sea of corporate dramas, office sitcoms and high school coming-of-age sagas, college narratives are a rare find. Oftentimes, they are simply nonexistent.

Such series as the late-1980s and early-1990s’ “A Different World,” the 1990s’ “Felicity” and early-aughts’ “Community” garnered success despite their niche university-based worlds — and other series still followed characters from high school into college — yet networks and streaming services have yet to fully explore the totality of diverse experiences that take place in college.

Right now, Freeform’s “Grown-ish,” Netflix’s “Dear White People” and ABC’s “The Goldbergs” (through only a few of its core characters) are the lone pieces of collegiate representation in the scripted space, while Netflix’s “Deaf U” is carrying the mantle in unscripted.

“I think it’s a failure of imagination on creative execs, to be honest,” says Justin Simien, “Dear White People” creator and showrunner, about the lack of college-set shows.
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