TV Shows about Teachers - Ranked From Best to Worst
Lately, there’s been a lot of TV shows about teachers. In less than one season we’ve had “Get Educated,” “Mr. Robinson,” “Teachers,” and “Those Who Can’t.” I’m a fan of this because we have a surplus of shows about the F.B.I, doctors, superheroes, C.S.I. etc. and not enough about the profession that makes the biggest difference. Sometimes TV shows get it right and sometimes they don’t. This is a list from Best to Worst of TV shows about Teachers.
#1 “Get Educated” - “ Take “Modern Family” or “The Office,” but replace the cast with a group of teachers and teenagers. Jokes that punch you in the face and make you gut-bustingly laugh. The show doesn’t try to be funny by having the teachers be outrageous. Instead, it’s genuine, clever, and it really shows how teachers can make a difference. And how students can make a difference to the lives of teachers.
#2 “Boston Public” - Some serious sh*t happened on “Boston Public.” It was a drama like no other. At the time, it was groundbreaking and sent chills down your spine with the conflicts these teachers had to deal with. It scared many of us who wanted to become teachers, but it was great TV.
#3 “Welcome Back, Kotter” - How could you not love the hero of this show? Gabe Kotter, a compassionate teacher returns to hit roots and teaches the troubled class called The Sweathogs. And look how f*cking young John Travolta was.
#4 “Teachers” - TV Land just got a whole lot more vulgar. Let’s see if it works out for them. “Teachers” is based on the webseries of the same name and it has some pretty crazy jokes. It feels almost like “South Park” at times with a bunch of teachers. And I like both those things.
#5 “Mr. Peepers” - A lost gem of the 1950′s. Mr. Peepers was a science teachers who faced a ton of funny problems, but he was never outsmarted. He was the true definition of a nice guy and a nice TV show.
#6 “Glee” - The show started off strong and the teacher storylines captured your attention and you really rooted for Emma and Will to be together. The one problem with the show (and also why it was successful so this is just my opinion) was it was just too much singing.
#7 “Mr. Robinson”- This show had some potential, but it just wasn’t enough to last. Craig Robinson is a super likable guy, but I feel we just want to see him in an ensemble comedy.
#8 “Those Who Can’t” - The most likable character on this show is the librarian. She also gives the best performance and she’s not even a teacher. Does anyone else find it weird that “Teachers” and “Those Who Can’t” came out around the exact same time and “Teachers” is all about female teachers and “Those Who Can’t” is all about male teachers. The show has potential and it feels a lot like “It’s Always Sunny,” but it has to find its groove. It would help if it had more female main characters. Tru TV already renewed it for a 2nd season, so hopefully it gets better.