TV’s Greatest High School Nerd Transformations

With the recent Bunheads finale, the fast-approaching end of Awkward’s second season, and a promising Inbetweeners reboot, we confess we’ve gotten caught up in a lot of teen angst these past few weeks. So since we’re in the state of mind, we decided to look at some of the great high school series in television history and their nerd spawn. Like the teenage protagonists of the aforementioned shows, these characters all started out uncool, insecure, and/or sartorially challenged. And then of course, they grew up. You can click through for some before and after shots we dug up, and hope you’ll let us know about any great geek transformations we might have missed. And now, we’ll be making our way back to the couch for more adolescent love triangles, camera phone farce, and woefully instructive tales of sex. 

90210: David Silver

It’s hard to believe it, but David Silver was a Beverly Hills outlier (and about a foot shorter) until Donna gave him a chance in Season 2. You can see him in full high school glory, MCing The Electric Slide at the dance in Season 3. The rest, sadly, is history: fledgling music career, drug addiction, several go-arounds with Donna until their wedding in the series finale, which we later learned ended in separation (and is still pending as far as we know).