Friday's Top Five: High school reunions we want to see
March 30th, 2012
01:03 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: High school reunions we want to see

High school is the stage upon which many life-long memories, both good and bad, play out - and no one knows this better than Hollywood.

Some of the best movies and TV shows have been set in fictional high school classrooms, whether the intent is to inspire, a la "Stand and Deliver," petrify (for some reason, "The Craft" is coming to mind), invoke sentimentality or light-heartedly mock the truisms of being a teen.

When a TV show or movie gets it right, we tend to become so attached to those characters that we'd happily tune in or plunk down a movie admission fee to see how they turned out after graduation.

The team behind "American Pie" is betting on this by bringing the cast of the 1999 teen comedy together again for April's "American Reunion," which follows what happens the weekend of their 10-year high school reunion in East Great Falls.

We love the idea, even if we don't think it's wholly warranted (after all, we did have two follow-ups to "American Pie," so it's not like we didn't know anything about their post-high school lives), and it made us wonder what other high school casts we'd love to see in a reunion TV special or movie sequel.

We kept this open to movies and TV, but tried to narrow it down by focusing on the shows and films where as much drama happened in the classroom as it did outside of it over an extended period of time (so no "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," although we'd love to see that reunion too):

1. "Saved by the Bell" (1989-1993) - We STILL can't see Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Mario Lopez without thinking of this series, and we know we're not alone. Jimmy Fallon valiantly worked to get the old crew from Bayside High - Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Lisa Turtle, A.C. Slater, Jessie Spano, Screech and Mr. Belding - together again on "Late Night," and People magazine did a "20 year reunion" spread for a 2009 issue, albeit without Dustin Diamond (Screech) or Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding). But what we really want to know is if Zack Morris still uses the "time out":

2. "Mean Girls" (2004) - This is one high school reunion that's feasibly possible, considering the 10-year mark since "Mean Girls'" release is coming up in 2014. What became of Cady Heron, and is Regina George as terrifying as an adult as she was in high school? Is Gretchen still trying to make "fetch" happen? Do Karen's boobs still forecast the weather? These are the questions we need answers to.

3. "The Breakfast Club" (1985) - A coming-of-age movie that's without a doubt required viewing, and we loved the suggestions the cast had for where their characters would be today at the 25th anniversary screening.

4. "Dawson's Creek" (1998 -2003) - Granted, this would probably be the saddest reunion ever, given the way the series ended, but we still want to know how Dawson, Joey and Pacey ended up. And maybe the writers could take Michelle Williams' suggestion, and have Jen Lindley return as a ghost.

5. "Election" (1999) - Can you imagine what Tracy Flick would be like as an adult?

Honorable Mention:

"Clueless" (1995) - As much as we'd love to see a follow-up to this endlessly quotable mid-'90s flick, we're not sure it'd work without Brittany Murphy's Tai.


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    October 20, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rick

    Only a week to go and I'm finally chnckieg out all of the great comments and downloads on the reunion web site. I left WGHS and attended Texas Christian for two years, then transferring to Mizzou for a degree in Broadcast Journalism where I was an Alpha Phi with Claire Coleman Lamonica. I worked at a small tv station in Tupelo, MS as a reporter/anchor, then Wichita, KS as a reporter/producer. Always looking for some new adventure I went into hospital marketing. I married Jim Serra (Brentwood '71/Mizzou '75). He worked at KSDK at the time as a producer but we soon moved to Lake Charles, LA where Jim worked as National Sales Manager and has now been General Manager of KPLC-TV (NBC affiliate) for quite some time. I worked in hospitals, marketing for a local mall, and capped off my career days as Admissions Director/Development Director for a small Episcopal Day School. In the meantime, we have a daughter, Jennie, who is now married and teaches in New Orleans at a school similar to the school in FAME. Amusingly, she's a very talented math teacher. This was NEVER among my talents. I became overly volunteered after retirement' and served for several years as the state Chairperson for Keep Louisiana Beautiful which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. I worked harder at that job than some of my paid positions. We travel a lot we have a second home built in 1730 in Exeter, NH and I try to spend a LOT of the summer there since Louisiana is a tad steamy. I continued my love of horses through my daughter she rode hunter/jumper and I dinked around with her when I could. We live in a turn of the century home in Louisiana that has withstood many hurricanes and, life is good. Can't wait to see everyone.

    April 25, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. YES

    I would love to see a highschool reunion tv movish thing of SBTB. Don;t think anyone would agree to it though, most of them seem more like they wanna shed thier past. However Mark Paul's inverview on lopez about the partying on SBTB was halarious

    March 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Farmer ted

    No 16 candles?? What about Fast Times?

    March 31, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Meatwad

    Friday's Top Five: High school reunions THE GHEYS want to see

    March 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T

    I like to see an "Election" or "Breakfast Club" reunion.
    Heck, I like to know about Wyatt and Gary, where they now, the duo from Shermer, Illinois since they parted with Lisa after they dabbled in "Weird Science" ?

    March 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Candi

    Breakfast Club would be good or 16 candles.

    March 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    Yeah. I think liam m

    March 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. let's see kelly jessie nekkid

    lisa works too. all of them, forget the guys, leave those for liam

    March 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |

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