I blame Hollywood for my very twisted expectations of what the school cafeteria would be like. We never spontaneously broke out into song, there were no food fights, and not one cent of my lunch money was ever taken from me. How boring.
As today’s kids prepare to go back to school, let us revisit some of the most memorable lunchroom scenes ever depicted in film and television. We’ll look at productions old and new, at both (fictional) elementary and high schools—plus one college in which every student is as immature as a second-grader. Grab a lunch tray and get in line.