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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A show with its moments, but no real staying power. See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Charles P. '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)
 
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)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ken Johnson (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Melody Lavigna (9 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)
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 1986-1987)

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 (3 episodes, 1986-1990)

Rosario Roveto Jr. .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Jasper Ehrig .... property master (9 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 (9 episodes, 1986-1990)
Russ Gary .... audio (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Carroll Pratt .... re-recording (7 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 (10 episodes, 1986-1990)
John Gillis .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Dave Heckman .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1986)
Mark Sanford .... video (7 episodes, 1986)
Ray Gonzales .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Martin Brown .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1986)

Larry Gaudette .... camera operator (unknown episodes, 1987-1991)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Ostersehlte .... costumes: women / costumer: women (9 episodes, 1986-1990)
Steve Sharp .... costumes: men / costumer: men (9 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 (92 episodes, 1987-1991)
Bill Rosenthal .... story editor (48 episodes, 1989-1991)
Ann Marie Zidarevich .... stage manager (9 episodes, 1986-1990)
Valri Bromfield .... creative consultant (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ray Jessel .... executive story consultant (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Coleen Cannon .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Chris Donovan .... technical director (6 episodes, 1986)
Buzz Sapien .... stage manager (6 episodes, 1986)
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)
Stu Goldman .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Bart Lipton .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987)

Christopher 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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Trivia:
Joher Coleman wore makeup to make his skin appear darker to play the Indian-American Jawaharlal. Husain is of Pakistani and European heritage.See more »
Quotes:
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!See more »
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FAQ

Why did Howard Hesseman leave the show?
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A show with its moments, but no real staying power., 10 December 2011
Author: Aaron1375

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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