When you need a compelling authority figure character on TV or movie screen, you get a priest—or a professor. We reveal four of our favorite professors on screen, and chat with a special guest whose scholarly speciality is analyzing the way professors are depicted in movies.

Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR7Kh77aNnU

David Duchovny )as himself) and Ji-Yoon (Sandra Oh) in Netflix’s The Chair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRBm2tYvr84

Larry Gopnik, A Serious Manhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HJqPZ-KmZs 

Professor Walsh on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: https://buffy.fandom.com/wiki/Maggie_Walsh

Runner up: Professor confrontation in God’s Not Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcZS8ra6gk

John C. Fitch III on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7266946/

Dissertation: “The Cinematic College Professor: Conceptions and Representations”: https://bit.ly/3I7tQxr

Article: “Making a College Professor Film: A Case Study”: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0973258619866353

Podcast drama series: “The Lowest Deep”: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1997958