Most of us head to college with a trembling legs and an undeniable sense of excitement. But Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), the eldest child of Black-ish's Johnson family, begins college with her own TV show: grown-ish. The show, which tracks Zoey's first year at the Southern California University, will explore the universal conundrums of college freshmen. Which person in my lecture class should I choose to have a crush on? Who are my real friends, and who are my friends of convenience? How the heck am I going to get all this work done?
Given the glowing reviews, grown-ish is set to join the ranks of pop culture works that get college right. These movies and TV shows acknowledge that college is more than a series of wild parties, pranking hijinks, and a total complete blast (though it can be those things too). Instead, college is a setting for the kind of challenges that eventually lead to personal growth.
Here are the movies and shows that, like grown-ish, capture the magic and drama of campus life in a way that's actually realistic.
Catch grown-ish on Freeform beginning January 3, 2018.