A.P. Bio (2018– )
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As far as all the low ratings go...I'm starting to think they were written by people who couldn't sell their pilot to a network, this show is brilliant.
Being a critic isn't easy, but reading some of the reviews on this show made me cringe. People are being entirely too sensitive or expecting this show to show more of a semblance to reality...guess what??? IT'S A COMEDY TV SHOW. It doesn't have to be realistic, it's entertaining....and if you're looking to be entertained, this is a great show for you.
I am personally tired of basic comedies. This show is clearly not.
It is a pretty original angle for a sitcom: A once successful guy sees his career go off a cliff for as yet not well explained reasons and is forced to take a job he believes is beneath him, while trying to keep his students from forcing him to actually do his job. As someone who feels they have not lived up to their potential in life I can very much identify with the main character to a certain extent, and I think the same can be said for a lot of people today. The first few episodes feel very similar to the first few episodes of Community, one of my favorite shows, with Jack being similar in some ways to Jeff (especially Jeff from the first few episodes), although Jack is more ambitious and frustrated with his new situation while Jeff was more sex obsessed and narcissistic. I think if you enjoyed the first season of Community you will almost certainly enjoy what I have seen so far of AP Bio. Of course Community ended up being so strong because secondary characters like Troy, Abed, and Annie as they developed became so awesome, and if AP Bio is to go anywhere then the student characters here will have to com into their own as well. But what I have seen so far is very encouraging, and if you haven't you should give it a watch.
This show is funny if it's your kind of comedy, which in this case, it is for me. It's not complex, which I don't think it's aiming to be, so if you want complex watch Altered Carbon. I will continue to watch it and don't listen to these other "critics". Make a judgement for yourself and enjoy if you like dumb comedies.
Worst thing i can say about this show is that its kind of a Dennis(Sunny) spin off, but its clever and hilarious. Maybe its just for depraved people like me who likes it edgy and anti gentrified, and its all the wholesome people tuning in and getting disapointed.
I would compare it to Vice Principals, but more original in its writing.
Seriously, the teacher tickler made me laugh so hard, that joke alone should net this show and emmy and a decent 8 on imdb.
This brutal, at times savage, comedy, without the typical cliche plot lines is everything I've been looking for in a new series. I'd watch anything with Glenn, and this looked extremely promising from the very first episode.
This show is very well written, excellent quirky characters portrayed by great actors, quirky/unique comedy that is actually refreshingly original! I like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and I love The Mick but I've always disliked Glenn Howerton's character Dennis on IASIP so I didn't think I'd like this show but damn it is good!!
I think there must just be something inherently different in our human brains because I simply cannot comprehend those reviewers giving this show a 1 (or anything below a 7 actually). I can only assume it's due to strict religious beliefs, possibly a lack of appreciation for creativity...? I HATE simple, boring, dumbed down shows like Big Bang Theory, or utter trash like Two and a Half Men (just a couple examples of really basic lame programming from recent years. I am assuming reviewers who dislike this show love shows like that?? If so, then it makes sense that they can't understand/relate to/appreciate this intelligent and quirky humor. I just hope there's enough clever people watching and giving high ratings to keep shows like this that are truly well crafted on the air!!!
If you like this show and generally appreciate supremely well crafted television with unique vibrant characters, interesting plot lines, CREATIVITY, and no laugh track may I suggest a few others worth checking out:
- The Good Place
- The Mick
- Veronica Mars
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Gilmore Girls
I love that the show is already exhibiting authentic school issues. I say already because by starting so early, you can kind of see that it's going to be a focus in the show. Public schools in the US aren't the greatest, everyone knows that, and surely a tv show isn't going to open any eyes to it, nor could it accurately represent every US school, but so far it's shown an effort to bring into the mix the problems public schools face with budgeting issues, and student dilemmas (such as bullying). An excellent example right out of the gate would be the teacher's chair being in such poor condition that Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) has to buy a new one himself. There are other examples, but I want to keep this mostly spoiler free.
One of the supporting characters, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt's character), is an excellent character to demonstrate some of these problems. For example, his job, the same as any principal, is to keep the teachers in line and make ends meet for the school at the end of the day. What's great is that he has to be laid back to some degree, so as to not get on the bad side of the teachers, such as many principals would surely agree, and Patton Oswalt is the perfect person to play that role. In many ways this show reminds me, somewhat coincidently, of Charlie Day's most recent film, Fist Fight, which was just as absurdly rooted in the US school system, and displayed just as accurately the problems that teachers and principals face with making ends meet in an overtly underfunded public school system, while also adding a humorous spin to lighten up the message.
Fortunately enough for the show, Patton Oswalt's character isn't the only excellent supporting character. The show introduces very memorable, and each uniquely genuine teachers and students as supporting characters who can each stand on their own. For instance, the other teachers that Jack acquaints himself with serve a valuable role in teaching him valuable lessons about being a teacher, despite not being very good teachers themselves. Obviously that is for humors sake, but the dynamic he and they have formed functions very well as a "when I need you" mentor circle that I just loved. They also keep him in check by mocking him when he's acting too absurd, which I find a humorous and creative approach since not only are they going to teach him how to be a teacher, but maybe in time they'll teach him to not be so full of himself. Eh I doubt it, but it's a thought nonetheless.
Of course this show isn't just topics of public education, there are some comedy aspects as well. Jack Griffin, the Harvard Psychology professor who was denied tenure after some yet-to-be-revealed past with an ex-colleague of his. Jack's spiteful demeanor is only comparable to (sorry) Dennis from It's always sunny in philadelphia. Jack's thing is that he's very upset at a gentleman, and is dedicated to ruining his life. Sadly enough for the straight A students taking an advanced placement biology class in florida, he's decided (or perhaps it was his only option) to "teach" their class for a year while he works out his play to destroy his arch nemesis. This of course has led to them being enlisted, or perhaps conscripted, into his makeshift life-ruining militia. Of course, as you might would expect from students in an AP class, they are all but willing to take part in his wacky shenanigans.
The show reminds me of an old movie from the 80s, Summer School, but it's almost the exact opposite in every way. Suffice to say, I liked that movie, and that this show reminded me of it is nothing short of pleasant to me. I may watch it later in fact.
Nevertheless, A.P. Bio is brimming with potential for messages about society, humourous plots and schemes, lessons, and all around good comedy. I can't wait to see where it goes, and honestly I can't recommend it enough.
So, where does the story go next? Will Jack become likeable? I think so, he's on the way. Just needs a bit of prodding from the writing and producing team.