Teachers (2016 U.S. TV series)

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For the 2006 TV series, see Teachers (2006 U.S. TV series).
Teachers
File:Teachers 2016 intertitle.png
Genre Comedy
Created by The Katydids
Starring
  • Caitlin Barlow
  • Katy Colloton
  • Cate Freedman
  • Kate Lambert
  • Katie O’Brien
  • Kathryn Renée Thomas
Composer(s) Joshua Funk
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 20 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Martel & Roberts Productions
  • TV Land Original Productions
Release
Original network TV Land
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) – present
External links
Website

Teachers is an American comedy television series on TV Land. It is based on the web series of the same name by the improv group The Katydids (all members of the group by coincidence have the first name Kate as a root name), and is written by the six members of the group who also play teachers at the Chicago-area Fillmore Elementary School.[1] The 10-episode series premiered on January 13, 2016.[2][3] On March 3, 2016, TV Land renewed Teachers for a 20-episode second season.[4]

Cast

  • Caitlin Barlow[1] as Cecilia Cannon
  • Katy Colloton[1] as Chelsea Snap
  • Cate Freedman[1] as AJ Feldman
  • Kate Lambert[1] as Caroline Watson
  • Katie O’Brien[1] as Mary Louise Bennigan
  • Kathryn Renée Thomas[1] as Deb Adler

Recurring

  • Tim Bagley as Principal Toby Pearson
  • Ryan Caltagirone as Hot Dad
  • Eugene Cordero as Marty Crumbs
  • Trevor Larcom as Blake
  • Zackary Arthur as David
  • Cheyenne Nguyen as Beth
  • Lulu Wilson as Annie
  • Siena Agudong as Tiffany
  • Nicolas Hedges as Peter
  • Mataeo Mingo as Brad

Development and production

Teachers is based on the web series of the same name, created by and starring improv group The Katydids.[5] TV Land ordered a pilot on March 19, 2014, with The Katydids reprising their roles from the web series.[6] Alison Brie executive produces alongside The Katydids and Matt Miller. Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have signed on as showrunners,[7] with Richie Keen directing the series' pilot.[8] TV Land picked up the show to series on October 1, 2014 with a 10-episode order.[9]

Episodes

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" Richie Keen The Katydids January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) 101 0.34[10]
The teachers are organizing the school's mandated anti-bullying campaign. Deb offers to step up and lead the effort but, having been bullied herself as a child, she takes things a bit too far.
2 "Picture Day" Payman Benz Kate Lambert & Caitlin Barlow January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20) 102 0.39[11]
A photographer (Rob Riggle) is at the school to take pictures not only of the children but also of the teachers, who are not prepared. After the school mascot pet dies, followed by an elderly grief counselor, the teachers fear there will be another death, because bad things always come in threes.
3 "Duct Duct Goose" Payman Benz Cate Freedman & Katy Colloton January 27, 2016 (2016-01-27) 107 0.42[12]
Principal Pearson wants everything ship-shape for the superintendent's (Ian Roberts) upcoming visit. On the day of the visit, however, one of AJ's students climbs into the ceiling's ductwork and refuses to come out. Meanwhile, Chelsea prepares an audition tape for The Bachelor.
4 "Hall of Shame" Payman Benz Katy Colloton & Kate Lambert February 3, 2016 (2016-02-03) 106 0.45[13]
Chelsea arrives disheveled after a night of great sex, but is ashamed to have anyone find out it was with Sam (Rob Corddry), the school janitor. Meanwhile, Mary Louise takes over Cecilia's class for a day, and causes conflict when she tells the students they don't need to learn science because you can explain everything with God.
5 "Jacob" Payman Benz Kate Lambert & Kathryn Renée Thomas February 10, 2016 (2016-02-10) 108 0.44[14]
Caroline learns that her ex-boyfriend Jacob (Jesse Bradford) is dating again, and his new girlfriend Ginny (Lacey Chabert) is coming to work at the school as a substitute speech therapist. Elsewhere, Cecilia tries to get into a teachers clique, while AJ takes a cue from Deb and starts raiding the school's lost-and-found.
6 "Drunk Kiss" Payman Benz Katy Colloton & Katie O’Brien February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17) 103 0.38[15]
During a night at the bar, a drunk Chelsea kisses Mary Louise and playfully says "I love you," causing Mary Louise to panic as she thinks Chelsea may be interested in a lesbian relationship. Meanwhile, AJ learns a representative from the school board will be observing her class, due to suspicious answers that she put on her health assessment form.
7 "Bad Tweeter" Payman Benz Katie O'Brien & Kathryn Renée Thomas February 24, 2016 (2016-02-24) 105 0.43[16]
After Chelsea posts a nasty Tweet during her off hours, Principal Pearson suspends her for three days. Cecilia tries to organize a protest, but no one else seems bothered enough by the suspension to join her, least of all Chelsea herself.
8 "Sex Ed" Payman Benz Caitlin Barlow & Katie O'Brien March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) 109 0.42[17]
A zealous administrator has determined it's a good practice to get teachers out of their comfort zones and assign them to various extra-curricular duties. He puts Cecilia and Caroline in charge of the school's Field Day, and assigns Deb and AJ to help them. Meanwhile, Chelsea is assigned to teach a gifted and talented group, and a very uncomfortable Mary Louise is forced to teach a sex ed class.
9 "Hot Lunch" Payman Benz Kathryn Renée Thomas & Cate Freedman March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09) 104 0.34[18]
Deb has difficulty recruiting parent volunteers for lunch room duty, until a pornographic video surfaces with a dominatrix character that looks like her. The next day, several fathers show up to volunteer, hoping Deb will "whip" them into shape. Meanwhile, Mary Louise is preparing to do stand-up comedy for her church's talent show and tries out her material on the other teachers, who are too nice to tell her the jokes are completely unfunny.
10 "The Last Day" Payman Benz Cate Freedman & Caitlin Barlow March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16) 110 0.34[19]

Release

The first episode was released on demand on December 15, 2015, before the broadcast debut on January 13, 2016.[20][21][2]

Critical reception

Teachers has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes awarded the series with a rating of 69% based on reviews from 13 critics and an average rating of 6.0 out of 10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Teachers struggles with the transition from web series to television, but gets some good marks for humor."[22] On Metacritic, the series received a score of 66% based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23]

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Premiere Date Change: TV Land's "Younger" and "Teachers" Now to Premiere on Wednesday, January 13th". The Futon Critic. November 19, 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
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  20. McLennan, Cindy (December 21, 2015). "Teachers: TV Land Releases Pilot Early, Online". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
  21. TV Land (December 15, 2015). "The first episode of Teachers is now available on iTunes". Facebook. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 
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