My pet hate comes from the fact that we never get an explanation why Danny has to stay in school. I would assume that students would have to repeat grades if they missed a lot of lessons for some reason or perhaps weren’t bright enough to pass the course first time round.
However none of this is explained for Danny. He certainly seems intelligent enough when we see him in lessons. Yes he may struggle with some things but not obviously more than any of the other kids who we do see graduate. For goodness sake if Leroy can pass then Danny should have had no problem.
Also from Season 3’s “Consequences” we see the introduction of the whole C average grade rule. Now Danny not only starred in but was the lead in many of the School’s productions so presumably he had to have been achieving the required C average. So I would assume that would be enough to allow him to graduate.
Carlo has mentioned in interviews that lots of fans would ask him when Danny was going to graduate so the producers must have been aware that the public thought it strange. Doris, Bruno and Montgomery joke with Danny in the final episode and comment about him not graduating so unless the cast were adlibbing the writers were aware of the issue too.
What makes it more strange is that in season 6 we see Chris graduate after he’s only spent 3 years in High School. It would have made more sense to have Chris stay and complete his 4 years in High School and have Danny graduate. It always makes me wonder why the producers and the writers decided against that.
One great theory I heard as an explanation of why Danny didn’t graduate at the end of season 4 along with Leroy and Doris was that he’d missed a lot of school when he was ill with cancer and had to repeat a year to catch up. So, that would have been a great way to explain why he’s still in school, in season 5, and then they could graduate him at the start of season 6.
All it would have taken was a couple of lines of dialogue to explain things but sadly the producers and writers chose against doing it.
So that is my 10th biggest pet hate on Fame. Stay tuned for more to come.