It’s back-to-school time, and for almost 50 million public-school children, 5 million private-school attendees, and 21 million college students, that means new class schedules to memorize and new teachers to get to know. The best of those educators will not only teach their pupils how to read, help them memorize multiplication tables, or impart an introduction to philosophy, they will also inspire, challenge, and support them in the nonacademic part of their lives. Some great examples of standout teachers can be found on television, where no problem is too tough to be solved within a 30- or 60-minute episode, and everyone’s lives stop and start at the doors to the school. Pop culture may not always offer the most realistic depictions of teachers, but it does offer some ideals to live up to. Our hope for the upcoming school year is that you (or your children) have teachers like these 10 fictional ones.