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Head of the Class 

A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.
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1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
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 69 episodes, 1986-1991
Leslie Bega ...  Maria Borges 68 episodes, 1986-1990
Joher Coleman ...  Jawaharlal Choudhury 68 episodes, 1986-1990
Rain Pryor ...  T.J. Jones / ... 53 episodes, 1988-1991
Michael DeLorenzo ...  Alex Torres 48 episodes, 1989-1991
Lara Piper ...  Viki Amory 48 episodes, 1989-1991
De'voreaux White De'voreaux White ...  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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Head of the Class See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (114 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Howard Hesseman left the series at the end of season 4. Billy Connolly took over the lead for the fifth and final season. See more »

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Sarah Nevins: [catching up with T.J. in the hallway] Oh, T.J. I have been looking for you.
T.J. Jones: Yeah,well Thanks for nothing, man. That action in your class today was a total disaster. You really know how to make a person feel like sludge
Sarah Nevins: [angrily] Wait a minute! T.J., I thought it would be nice for you. You know you were welcome to stay for the whole class.
T.J. Jones: Well, isn't that a dream come true. Sit in a nice, clean desk with no dirty words carved in it, everyone dressed like it was Easter Sunday, and a teacher who ...
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Charming for 3 seasons, mediocre for 2
27 April 2006 | by severe_tdSee all my reviews

"Head of the Class" is very dated to the late 1980s. From the big hair to the clunky IBM terminals in the classroom, there's no doubt you're watching a show produced nearly 20 years ago. However, that actually adds to the program's charm -- especially for those of us who were in high school ourselves during that time period.

For 3 seasons, Head of the Class had a lot going for it. While lighthearted and often requiring a suspension of disbelief, the show was funny, entertaining, and charming. There was an excellent chemistry among cast members, and Howard Hesseman was perfect for the part of wise teacher Charlie Moore. Even the New York setting of the sitcom was well done, from the fascinating city imagery in the opening song to many different exterior shots shown between scenes. I saw the show at a taping in Burbank, California in 1986. Despite having actually been on the California set, I had to constantly remind myself that it wasn't actually shot in New York. That's unusual for a sitcom.

Unfortunately, things started to unravel in season 4. Too many of the original student cast members were lost, and the new ones replacing them were uninteresting and flat. How much do you really remember about Viki, Aristotle, Alex, T.J., and Jasper? You probably remember their faces, but they were simply cardboard replacements for the vibrant and quirky Janice, Jawaharalal, and Maria. This was already a sign that the show was slipping.

In Hesseman's final year, there were also a surprising number of "musicals" performed on the show. The first one was an interesting change, but this repeated theme made it clear that the writers were running of out ideas.

Finally, Hesseman left (probably sensing the end being near), and Billy Connolly replaced him. That was the truly the beginning of the end. Like the replacement students of the previous year, Connolly's character lacked the substance and depth that made Hesseman's so great. Between the boring new teacher and the tired-looking, modified class of students, this show ceased to hold many people's interest. It was mercifully put down at the end of the '90-91 season.

I would like to see Head of the Class back somewhere on television. Nick at Nite ran it for awhile in a horrible time slot (something like 4:30am), but eventually it vanished. It can't be found anywhere, which I think is a shame. This fun show deserves better than to rot in some syndication company's archive room.


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