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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:
Underrated and overlooked 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-Sullivan (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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Trivia:
The first American sitcom to film in Russia.See more »
Quotes:
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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Why did Howard Hesseman leave the show?
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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Underrated and overlooked, 5 February 2004
Author: Chris Foster (foster_316@hotmail.com) from Seat Pleasant, Maryland, USA

In my opinion "Head of the Class" was one of the more overlooked and underrated primetime sitcoms of the mid to late 80's. The reason why I say this is, of course in the same era as "The Cosby Show", most shows like these get overlooked. Some of the cast members went on to act in motion pictures and other TV shows after the series ended in 1991. I guess the initial draw to the show was Howard Hesseman because like mamy of you, I remember his days on "WKRP in Cincinnati" as the popular "Johnny Fever". I wish it could come on syndication because they made the required 100 episodes for it to go in that format. They made history by being the first U.S. sitcom to film episodes in the Soviet Union. I would love to see a reunion show in the near future, but still, for this show to stay on network TV for five seasons with a relatively unknown cast of characters, even with the standards that "The Cosby Show" had set, that is saying something. To sum it all up "Head of the Class" was one of those overlooked shows that have become Cult Classics.

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