Sure, his lectures were a little dull (and he did become a drug lord), but no one could ever accuse Mr. White of not knowing his craft. He even turned a former flunky student into a chemistry master. Yes, science! (Photo: Release)
Yes—School of Rock’s Dewey Finn is a little bit unconventional (“OK, here’s the deal. I have a hangover. Who knows what that means?”), but he teaches those kids to play music, darn it! (Photo: Release)
Will Schuester (a.k.a. Mr. Schu) was a crappy, crappy Spanish teacher. But when it come to music, he did teach us one valuable lesson: every problem can be solved with the perfect song—at least according to Glee! (Photo: Release)
A teacher who smokes pot, drinks, swears at her students and sleeps through class. Cameron Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey is seriously the worst hot teacher you could ever have! (Photo: WENN)
Professor Ross Geller is the hottie of the paleontology department, but his accent is extremely difficult to understand, and the roller blades are a bit of a distraction. Not to mention he boosted up a kid’s grade because “he was in love with him.” (Photo: Release)
Robin Williams stars in 1989’s “Dead Poet’s Society” as John Keating, an unconventional English teacher who shakes up a boys’ prep school. The character’s use of the phrase “Carpe diem” re-invigorated its use in American culture. (Photo: Release)
Matilda Wormwood is a lucky kid, getting Miss Honey as her educator (and eventually her adoptive mom!). This sweet teacher speaks up for her smart student in front of bully headmistress Miss Trunchbull. And that take’s some serious guts! (Photo: Release)
Defense attorney and criminal law professor Annalise Keating successfully mentored five students, won a handful of cases, and kept her gang of murdering, evidence-destroying interns out of prison—and presumably with solid GPAs to boot! (Photo: Release)
We didn’t end up hating Cady in “Mean Girls” because she betrayed her friends or because she allegedly pushed Regina George under a bus, but because she screwed our favorite math teacher Ms. Norbury big time! (Photo: Release)
Harry Potter and pals have many teachers at Hogwarts, but Dolores Umbridge was one of the most evil. She forced students who are given detention to write with a blood quill, which cuts the words into its victims as they write them. OUCH! (Photo: Release)
DISCLAIMER: Please note we said “memorable” and not “best”. Some of the names on this list shouldn’t be allowed to be nowhere near a classroom!
Everyone remembers who their favorite (or least favorite) teacher was—and we’re not talking about the ones who actually thought you how to write, add, and subtract, but the fictional educators that keep Hollywood’s school always in session!
From ruler-wielding disciplinarians who demand respect to nurturing mentors who instill worldly wisdom to unconventional professors who are horrendously ill-suited for the job; these teachers get our shiny red apple of approval—even when it is for all the wrong reasons.
As we continue to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we pay tribute to the 10 fictional teachers that inspired students, raised the bar for educators, or otherwise stole the hearts of America (even if they turned out to be the king of meth business).