Video Game High School
This is the lone series on this list that might stretch your ability to finish it in one day. Video Game High School was created by Freddy Wong, who like the others on the list, had a major role in his series. Unlike the others, he’s not one of the main characters of the show. The series follows a group of students at the prestigious VGHS, a high school that focuses on video game education, creation, and competition.
Josh Blaylock is arguably the main character, though it is very much an ensemble show. Blaylock plays Brian Doheny, a teenage boy who gets into VGHS on a scholarship after he beats the best VGHS student in a video game on national television. His mom is addicted to games and hardly pays attention to him, resulting in him basically being alone before going to school.
Upon arriving at VGHS, he meets Theodore Wong, played by Jimmy Wong, series creator Jimmy Wong’s real-life brother. Known by Ted to many, he is the son of world-renowned rhythm gamer Freddie Wong (yup, played by series creator Freddie Wong). Like Brian, Teddy’s father doesn’t pay him much attention and it makes him very eager to please those around him.
Ellary Porterfield plays Kimberly Swan a genius developer and fight game specialist who befriends Brian and starts dating Jimmy. Unlike the rest of the main cast, Kimberly’s father (and mother) shows great affection for her, maybe too much, as he seems to want to protect her at the cost of her personal growth.
Lastly of the main cast is Johanna Braddy’s, Jennifer Matthews. The school’s rising prospect and JV star. She’s the daughter of Mary “Matrix” Mathews, played by Cynthia Watros. Mary Matrix as she’s called in the show is one of the greatest FPS players in the world and is essentially the Michael Jordan of the game world. She puts untold pressure on her daughter Jennifer, which causes a lot of Jennifer’s problems.
The series follows all four characters as they grow and evolve during their time in high school. The series also flips the script on typical high school tropes, and the shake-up works wonders. Joining the students are a few major guest stars like Zachary Levi, who pops up in the first season, and former iCarly star Nathan Kress ends up having a major role in the third season.
The series does a great job with the action, using the actors as the video game avatars and using real-world scenes to represent the video game action.