06/29/2012 09:56 am ET Updated Jun 10, 2013

A Class of Their Own: Our Favorite Teachers on TV (SLIDESHOW)

In TNT’s latest crime drama, Perception, star Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, a neuroscientist who moonlights as an FBI aid.

He also teaches at a university.

This got us nostalgic for the countless teachers, professors, educators, and, perhaps most importantly, entertainers, who've graced the small screen—the ones who taught us a thing or two, made us laugh, or maybe even tear up a little.

Fictional or real (or simply keeping it real), the following are some of our favorite teachers on the tube.

Have one that didn’t make our grade? Nominate your own teacher of the year by sounding off in the comments below, and don't forget to tune in to the premiere of Perception on Monday, July 9, at 10/9c on TNT.

Hot for Teacher: Our Favorite Educators on TV (SLIDESHOW)