Head of the Class (1986–1990)

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A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.

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Complete series cast summary:
William G. Schilling ...
 Dr. Harold Samuels (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Bernadette Meara (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
Dan Frischman ...
 Arvid Engen (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Darlene Merriman (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Simone Foster (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Alan Pinkard (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Eric Mardian (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Sarah Nevins (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Dennis Blunden (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Charles P. 'Charlie' Moore (92 episodes, 1986-1990)
Tannis Vallely ...
 Janice Lazarotto (67 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Maria Borges (66 episodes, 1986-1989)
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 Jawaharlal Choudhury (66 episodes, 1986-1989)
Rain Pryor ...
 Theola June 'T.J.' Jones / ... (51 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Alex Torres (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lara Piper ...
 Viki Amory (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
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 Aristotle McKenzie (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
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A group of gifted high-school students are placed together into an "enrichment" class. Although brilliant, they have much to learn about each other and themselves. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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17 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Howard Hesseman left the series at the end of season 4. Billy Connolly took over the lead for the fifth and final season. See more »

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T.J. Jones: [Reacting to hearing Billy sending his guests to the roof] Um, Billy, you want us to go onto the roof? Great party, but I could have done this at home!
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A show with its moments, but no real staying power.
10 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this one from time to time and it had its moments. Then they got rid of Howard Hesseman and a few other cast members and added Billy Connolly as the teacher of this show and it just was not the same show anymore. The show was just about tailored around Hesseman's character so I am not sure why they got rid of him, most likely because this is the type of show that never really grabs a mainstream audience and instead only has a select group which is why it can hang around, but can not last beyond a few seasons. Though it did make it over 100 episodes so it most certainly can not be considered a failure by any means. News Radio lasted only 98 or 99 episodes and it was a much funnier show in my opinion so while this one is not really a super success story it can be considered one of those shows that found limited success. This one revolves around a group of super intelligent kids in their class with their quirky teacher. He would teach them things beyond the classroom, which once again makes it seem beyond bizarre that they got rid of Hesseman, though he may be the one that opted out of the show. Some good jokes here and there, but there were some episodes that were just full of jokes that make one groan and make the live audience laugh nervously. Mild success and mildly funny at times, however, not as gifted as the kids portrayed.


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