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These Spring Break Episodes Are Better Than The Real Thing

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    Ah, spring break. For so many of us, it simply meant sleeping in, channel-surfing with a family-sized bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos within reach, and loving every second of it. For TV characters and Kristin Cavallari, it's a Bacchanalian free-for-all when kids who can't even vote jet off to Cabo and do Jell-O shots while writhing around in hot tubs to the sounds of Pitbull. Apparently, that's supposed to be an upgrade.

    If you've got the week off and need help convincing the folks to charter a jet bound for Daytona Beach for you and your pals, refer them to these TV shows, so they can see how spring break is really supposed to go down. Actually, don't. The trysts, pole-dancing, and cocktail-fueled carnage herein will probably work against you. Maybe just see if they'll buy your line about going on a church retreat in Cancun. Or perhaps you have a relative with a roomy house near the beach and a laissez-faire attitude toward parenting?

    Let The O.C. and Laguna Beach be your inspiration. And remember: If TV has taught us anything, it's that what happens in Cabo definitely does not stay in Cabo.




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    Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997)
    Shockingly, the original 90210 only has one proper spring break episode (season 7's "Spring Breakdown"), and it involves Brandon (Jason Priestley) taking his annoying girlfriend to visit his dad in Hong Kong, even though Brandon's crushing hard on Kelly. Maybe he was bored of the beach? Meanwhile, Valerie gets the Barenaked Ladies to play at the Peach Pit After Dark.

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    Friends (2000)
    "The One with Joey's Fridge" sees Ross (David Schwimmer) facing that standard May-December dilemma: having to tag along on your college-aged girlfriend's spring break adventure because you're worried she's going to run off with a frat guy.

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    Dawson's Creek (2000)
    How could we forget season 3's "Stolen Kisses," in which Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Joey (Katie Holmes) smooch for the second time during a visit to Dawson's aunt Gwen's house in Vermont?

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    Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004)
    The reality stars could never resist a spring break excursion to Cabo, even though season 1's trip resulted in Stephen Colletti seriously slut-shaming then-girlfriend Kristin Cavallari for pole-dancing. Ugh.

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    Gilmore Girls (2004)
    Despite having a go at enthusiastic dancing and even a surprise girl-on-girl kiss, Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris (Liza Weil) soon discover they aren't exactly spring break material in season 4's "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist."