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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:
It was a good little show 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 ... 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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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 arrives to the christmas party dressed as Santa after collecting donations]
Dennis Blunden:I was making a fortune on 106th street. The suit makes all the difference.
Jasper Kwong:That's really low Dennis.
Eric Mardian:Yeah, I'll say. Somewhere there is a naked fat guy with a bell and bucket.
Dennis Blunden:If you don't believe me I won an award. Take a look at this.
[Dennis hands Darlene the award paper]
Darlene Merriman:[reading the award statement surprised] This is in recongition of Dennis Blunden's work through the "Christmas for Kids" program.
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FAQ

Why did Howard Hesseman leave the show?
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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
It was a good little show, 12 June 2006
Author: makonrad from Canada

Head of the Class was a classic show, and as most sitcoms, somewhat unrealistic. Charlie Moore was like a Johnny Feaver out of detox. It was really hard to separate the two characters. We were always waiting for him to drop into that stoned Dee Jay thing and then hit on Loni Anderson. I do, however,think it was a real inspiration to all high school students who didn't fit in with there peer groups. Apparently, Hesseman left the show after his contract was filled because he didn't like the character he played. Sorry folks. I kept watching just to see what it would be like without him and what Billy would bring to the party. Much to my surprise, I found him funny, although, it was a completely different show. The musicals where just plain entertaining! How many high school productions sound like that? I think we have all been subject to listen to those out of tune orchestras, and students who pretend that they can sing. These guys sound like they were just off Broadway, which some were.

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