Philo Takes You Back to School with these TV Episodes and Movies

A collection of TV shows and movies makes for perfect back to school viewing on Philo!

Whether you’re getting back into the swing of classes, preparing your family for the first day, or simply love comfort TV centered around campuses, there’s something for you on Philo. These back-to-school picks will transport you right back to your locker, or give you some perfect after-school entertainment to decompress before hitting the books.  


Teachers – School Sweet School

Ahh, the wide ranging lives of teachers. In this episode, Mrs. Adler dives into tiny house life and Ms. Cannon’s friends rally after her business flounders. With Ms. Feldman’s improvised lesson and Ms. Bennigan’s student struggles, the show perfectly captures the rollercoaster that is the educational world. 

7 Little Johnstons – School Rules

As school resumes, this episode captures the kids’ varied emotions, featuring Alex and Emma donning historical costumes for a project, while Jonah’s new college timetable raises concerns for Trent.

Danny’s House – High School

Who doesn’t like to reminisce about high school? Danny Brown, in a way only he can, invites Nikki Glaser and SchoolBoy Q to his house to give misguided high school advice. 

The Little Rascals – School’s Out

In this episode, The Little Rascals amusingly misinterpret their teacher Miss Crabtree’s brother as her suitor and cook up a comedic plan to deter him. The episode serves as a perfect reminder of the playful and innocent friendships that make school days unforgettable.


Monster High (nickelodeon)

In a high school for the children of zombies, ghouls, and other undead, Frankie Stein navigates friendship, love, and rivalry with pals like Draculaura and Clawdeen, as well as frenemy Cleo De Nile. Amidst parties, gossip, and crushes on “mansters,” they all grapple with the quintessential high school pressures of fitting in and being popular.

Bubble Guppies (nick jr.) 

Need something for the young learner at home? Bubble Guppies is here to help. Fish-tailed preschoolers like turbocharged Gil, leader Molly, and drama queen Deema attend an underwater school, exploring topics like science and math through original music.

High School Moms (TLC)

Want to keep it real? This TLC reality show will take you into Florence Crittenton High School in Denver, a unique institution where every student is either a teenage mother or a pregnant girl. As they juggle academics and impending motherhood, supported by school amenities like nursing facilities and on-site daycare, the series explores their daily challenges and the emotional toll that makes some question the value of a diploma.

21 Jump Street (Crackle)

To tackle rising crime in school, LAPD assigns four youthful-looking officers, including Tom Hanson and Judy Hoffs, to go undercover as high school students, forcing them to relive a part of their lives they’d rather forget.

Back To School! (VEVO Pop)

Who couldn’t use some tunes to match back to school vibes?! 

Back to School Comfort Tunes (VEVO Pop)

And maybe back to school can feel like too much. Get comfy with these bops. 


Dazed and Confused

Another different coming-of-age tale, focused on high schoolers set in Austin, Texas, 1976. Rowdy teens mark their last day of high school with pool hall escapades and a keg party, while star footballer Randall “Pink” Floyd grapples with his vow to abstain from the revelry for an upcoming game. The film also captures the freshmen’s rite of passage as they dodge hazing attempts led by sadistic senior Fred O’Bannion.

Upcoming showing on August 30, at 1:30 p.m. EST on MTV 2

10 Things I Hate About You 

Navigating relationships as a teenager is hard. And in a quest to find her younger sister Bianca a date, the abrasive and intelligent Kat Stratford is set up with the charming new guy, Patrick Verona. As the two cross paths, the film explores whether Kat can let down her guard long enough to fall for Patrick and lift the dating ban on Bianca.

Upcoming showing on September 1, 12 a.m. EST on MGM+ (Available with the Movies and More add-on)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What if you don’t want to go back to school? Ferris Bueller fakes illness to skip school one last time before graduation, commandeering a Ferrari for a day-long adventure in Chicago, all while evading his determined high school principal, Mr. Rooney. 

Playing Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on CMT

Varsity Blues

Back to school means high school football returns, too. In West Canaan, Texas, where high school football is king, benchwarmer Jonathon “Mox” Moxon is thrust into the spotlight to lead the team to a divisional title after the starting quarterback is injured, all while juggling the town’s high expectations and his own divergent ambitions.

Playing Monday at 9 a.m. EST on CMT 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Inexperienced teen Stacy Hamilton navigates a love triangle with the guidance of her daring friend Linda, while her classmate Jeff Spicoli, a laid-back surfer, clashes with their no-nonsense teacher Mr. Hand.

Stand By Me

Four Oregon boys, led by Gordie Lachance, embark on a journey to see a stranger’s accidental dead body, facing obstacles and uncovering deeper insights into each other’s disparate home lives, ultimately experiencing a life-defining adventure. 


Everybody has a BFF, right? High school seniors Seth and Evan aim to win over the in-crowd at a graduation party by securing alcohol and dates, but their plans are derailed by separation anxiety and two meddling police officers.

Playing Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST on MTV2

Let us know which of these picks received an A+ for you in the comments below.


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