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)
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 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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 Charlie Moore (92 episodes, 1986-1990)
Tannis Vallely ...
 Janice Lazarotto (68 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Maria Borges (67 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 Jawaharlal Choudhury (67 episodes, 1986-1990)
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 T.J. Jones / ... (52 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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Ganz große Klasse  »

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The IHP program was based on a program at Walter Reed Middle School in Los Angeles, California. Khrystyne Haje, who played Simone, was an actual graduate of the Reed IHP program. See more »

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Sarah Nevins: [practicing her greeting before T.J. Walks in] Hi, T.J. Glad to see you. Welcome T.J., I'm Here to Help. Hey T.J. What it is!
T.J. Jones: Same song, Second Verse. Miss Meara got this thing about my attitude. Wants me to turn into miss peppy pants like you.
Sarah Nevins: You know T.J., I bet we have a lot more in common than you think.
T.J. Jones: Like what, beside we're both breathing.
Sarah Nevins: Well, I like movies.
T.J. Jones: Too long, I watch TV.
Sarah Nevins: I love a nice, juicy Hamburger.
T.J. Jones: Hot Dogs are better
Sarah Nevins: A summer day
T.J. Jones: Too hot, Spring.
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solid network sitcom
26 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman) is the new substitute history teacher for the IHP (Individual Honors Program) in New York City's Fillmore High. He has faced the toughest kids but he has never had kids like these. Principal Dr. Samuels expects him to do nothing to screw up his winning academic team but he befriends them like regular kids. Bernadette Meara is the sympathetic assistant principal. Arvid Engen and Dennis Blunden (Dan Schneider) are nerdy best friends. Alan Pinkard is the preppy conservative. Eric Mardian is the biker with brains forced into the class by his mother. He likes the poetry-loving Simone Foster. Darlene Merriman (Robin Givens) is the spoiled rich girl. Maria Borges is grades obsessed and grounds herself for getting a B. Janice Lazarotto is the ten year old. Sarah Nevins is a nice girl and Jawaharlal Choudhury is from India. When their regular history teacher Mr. Thomas retires, Mr. Moore becomes their permanent teacher. T.J. Jones is a sassy remedial student who works her way into the class.

I watched this middling network teacher/student sitcom back in the day. It follows the tradition of Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979) but these are nerds. There are more kids which does limit their individual stories. They are big character tropes who are built up over time. I did like Khrystyne Haje with her wild red hair and big heart. She presents a romantic possibility which this show never truly exploited. This show could have gone more soapy but only Eric and Simone really walk that path. It's not that type of teen soapy show. There is a large cast turnover in season four and by season five, Billy Connolly takes over from the departing Howard Hesseman. The show never took off or fall off in the ratings. This show is limited by high school and stalls after the standard four year run. There is a short-lived spin off with Billy Connolly but it goes nowhere. It's also noteworthy that Dan Schneider would become a highly successful teen show producer. The cast is a likable group and this is a solid 80's network show.


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