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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
17 September 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Entertaining high school sitcom See more (25 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 17 of 32)
William G. Schilling ... Dr. Harold Samuels (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Jeannetta Arnette ... Bernadette Meara (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Dan Frischman ... Arvid Engen (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Robin Givens ... Darlene Merriman (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Khrystyne Haje ... Simone Foster (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Tony O'Dell ... Alan Pinkard (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Brian Robbins ... Eric Mardian (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Kimberly Russell ... Sarah Nevins (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Dan Schneider ... Dennis Blunden (114 episodes, 1986-1991)

Howard Hesseman ... Charlie Moore (92 episodes, 1986-1990)
Tannis Vallely ... Janice Lazarotto (67 episodes, 1986-1991)

Leslie Bega ... Maria Borges (66 episodes, 1986-1989)

Joher Coleman ... Jawaharlal Choudhury (66 episodes, 1986-1989)
Rain Pryor ... Theola June 'T.J.' Jones / ... (51 episodes, 1988-1991)

Michael DeLorenzo ... Alex Torres (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
Lara Piper ... Viki Amory (48 episodes, 1989-1991)

De'voreaux White ... Aristotle McKenzie (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
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Series Directed by
Art Dielhenn (44 episodes, 1986-1990)
Lee Shallat Chemel (20 episodes, 1986-1990)
Alan Rosen (13 episodes, 1988-1990)
Howard Storm (10 episodes, 1989-1991)
Andrew D. Weyman (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bill Davis (3 episodes, 1987-1991)
Tony Singletary (3 episodes, 1987-1990)
Buzz Sapien (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Bonner (2 episodes, 1986-1990)
Peter Baldwin (2 episodes, 1986)
John Tracy (2 episodes, 1986)
Frank Cavestani (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
Eric Laneuville (2 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Elias (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
Rich Eustis (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
Larry Spencer (24 episodes, 1986-1989)
Ray Jessel (9 episodes, 1987-1991)
Cynthia Thompson (8 episodes, 1987-1990)
David Hurwitz (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
Andrew Guerdat (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Steve Kreinberg (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lisa Rosenthal (7 episodes, 1987-1990)
Jeffrey Duteil (7 episodes, 1989-1991)
Bill Rosenthal (6 episodes, 1989-1991)
Alan Rosen (5 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jerry Rannow (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Noah Taft (5 episodes, 1989-1991)
Gary Gilbert (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
George Beckerman (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Steven Sullivan (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ursula Ziegler (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ellis Bufton (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Scott Glaze (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Cindy Begel (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Lesa Kite (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Thomas C. Chapman (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jonathan Torp (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Valri Bromfield (2 episodes, 1986-1989)
Janet Coleman (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
David Dozer (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
Danny Smith (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carol Corwen (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Michael Elias .... executive producer (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
Rich Eustis .... executive producer (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
Frank Pace .... associate producer / line producer (112 episodes, 1986-1991)
Bill Rosenthal .... story editor (45 episodes, 1989-1991)
Alan Rosen .... producer (44 episodes, 1986-1990)
Gayle S. Maffeo .... producer (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Larry Spencer .... producer (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gary Gilbert .... producer (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Todd Stevens .... associate producer (3 episodes, 1986)

Jonathan Roberts .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Original Music by
Ed Alton (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mike Berlin (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Brown (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Darryl Bates (65 episodes, 1986-1989)
Jerry Davis (2 episodes, 1986-1990)
 
Series Casting by
Mindy Marin (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
John Frank Levey (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ken Johnson (11 episodes, 1986-1990)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Melody Lavigna (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Deirdre Naughton (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Dale Miller .... key hair stylist (34 episodes, 1988-1989)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Scott Hamilton .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987-1990)

Marina Hart .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Timothy A. Miguel .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Patricia Vecchio .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Eric Rhoden .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nancy Heydorn .... associate director (7 episodes, 1986)
Buzz Sapien .... associate director (4 episodes, 1986-1990)

Rosario Roveto Jr. .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jasper Ehrig .... property master (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Damski .... sound mixer / audio (68 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jeff A. Johnson .... assistant sound (19 episodes, 1988-1989)
David E. Fluhr .... re-recording / sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
Russ Gary .... audio (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Carroll Pratt .... re-recording / sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Rick Himot .... re-recording (2 episodes, 1986-1990)

Ken Nunn .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Bryce .... lighting operator (68 episodes, 1988-1991)
Tom Faigh .... camera operator (57 episodes, 1988-1991)
Bruce Oldham .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1986-1990)
John Gillis .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ray Gonzales .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dave Heckman .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1986)
Mark Sanford .... video (7 episodes, 1986)
Martin Brown .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1986)
Larry Gaudette .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987-1991)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Ostersehlte .... costumes: women / costumer: women (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
Steve Sharp .... costumes: men / costumer: men (10 episodes, 1986-1990)

Jerry Herrin .... set costumer (unknown episodes, 1991)
Philip Maldonado .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Ed Alton .... composer: theme music (114 episodes, 1986-1991)
 
Series Other crew
David Hurwitz .... story editor (91 episodes, 1987-1991)
Bill Rosenthal .... story editor (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ann Marie Zidarevich .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
Valri Bromfield .... creative consultant (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ray Jessel .... executive story consultant / executive story consulant (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Coleen Cannon .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chris Donovan .... technical director (6 episodes, 1986)
Buzz Sapien .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1986)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eve Babitz .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1986)
Gretchen Borggrebe .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1986)
Erik Eff .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1986)
Sandy Eustis .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1986)
Bari Halle .... assistant to producers (3 episodes, 1986)
Chuck Reilly .... technical director (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
George Beckerman .... executive story supervisor / story editor (2 episodes, 1987)
Bart Lipton .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Larry Spencer .... creative consultant / executive story editor (2 episodes, 1987)

Chris Case .... writing staff intern (unknown episodes)
Karen Ragan-George .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Celeste Wade .... publicity coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min | USA:30 min (114 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jonathan Ke Quan was added to the cast in the fifth season because the producers realized that it was unusual that there were no Asian-Americans in a class for gifted students.See more »
Quotes:
Dennis Blunden:[after the class has made up each other's futures] Yeah, look at me. I've married and divorced every female in this class except...
Janice Lazarotto:[Janice quickly runs to Dennis and holds her hand up to his face] Don't... even... JOKE... about it!
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Why did Howard Hesseman leave the show?
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining high school sitcom, 21 January 2010
Author: stevenackerman69 from United States

I was in high school when this show started. I didn't get into it right away, but caught on after a year or so. I was familiar with Howard Hesseman from WKRP in Cincinatti as Dr. Johnny Fever, the spaced out DJ. He was very different here. What I liked about the show was the fact that these kids were smart kids and the opposite of Welcome Back, Kotter, which had class clowns. These kids had brains, as I did, and like me, weren't very social. Mr. Moore tried to not only teach them history, but also tried to help them with their social skills and problems. He was like a dad to them and I think they learned a lot from him. And the show would revolve around the students. You'd have an episode about Arvid, like with his dad and the opportunity to lose his virginity, Maria dating someone she doesn't want to reveal her brain too, etc. This was a problem when Billy Connolly took over in season 5. He was more a stand-up comic, as noted in the first episode. Some of his stuff seems more like a stage performance. Maybe that was why the series only lasted one more year. Too bad when the kids graduated they couldn't have Hesseman come back for a cameo and have him say, "Well, I knew you were graduating this year and I didn't want to miss it." And I had no problem with the new students who took over. In a way, Viki was the beauty like Maria was. I wish they'd air this show again. I have a few episodes on tape but I would love to see more of them.

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