Remember when you graduated college and saw that some of the people you knew in high school landed teaching careers? Okay, now imagine if the clique they were in during high school personified and became six different people. That is TV Land’s comedy series Teachers.
On a network that is clearly re-branding themselves–in the best way possible–Teachers follows six women as their personal lives intermix with their teaching lives. The series began as a short web series and after Community’s Alison Brie and TV Land got their hands on it, is now in its first season. Although this series does take a few episodes to find its groove, Teachers does begin to stand on its own. These characters become more defined which makes them easy to latch on to. Teachers doesn’t wish to be taken seriously. It wants you to laugh and cringe and smile throughout it’s 30 minute episode. Paired with Younger, Teachers is a wonderful addition to Wednesday nights.
If all of that didn’t sell you on the show, we’ve got some more reasons why should be watching Teachers:
They are the people that you went to high school with—and that’s a good thing
Here are six characters that are all embellished in the best way possible. Chelsea Snap (Katy Colloton) thinks she is the hottest thing to ever walk into Filmore Elementary. Mary Louise Bennigan (Katie O’Brien) is a religious woman with an interesting relationship with “hot dad” and a questionable one with Ms. Snap. Caroline Watson (Kate Lambert) is a Type A teacher who brings her personal life into the classroom, including the break-up that she just can’t get over. Cecilia Cannon (Caitlin Barlow) has been to one to many protests and probably should spend a little more time learning just exactly what she is protesting. AJ Feldman (Cate Freedman) has a unique style of teaching that really should have ended in her termination from Filmore Elementary, but thankfully has not. And finally, Deb Adler (Kathryn Renée Thomas) is a woman who really had a rough time in high school and believes that the world is out to get her—and she’s going to save all of her students from following that same path.
All of these personalities are heightened more than a simple description, and when they are given jobs to do, such as interacting with children all day, it makes for one hilarious comedy.
Mary Louise’s outfits
I’ll be honest, I watched this series out of order. Season 1’s fifth episode was the first episode I saw. Ms. Bennigan was wearing earrings that were a frog’s entire body, paired with a sweater that can never be forgotten. This woman has outfits for days. She has cow earrings and another sweater that looks like the bad side of a pastel Easter egg. Everything she wears is a win.
That —now that’s a sweater. Clearly these characters are caricatures and the simple fact that this series knows that and doesn’t take itself seriously is why it is such a joy to watch. If anything, tune in to see what they can make this character wear and wear confidently.
Even through the embellishment, you can relate
Yes, they are exaggerated. If half the student/teacher interaction happened in reality, it would be illegal. But it’s so much fun to watch. A student gets trapped in a ceiling for an entire episode. Ms. Snap auditions for The Bachelor in front of her students and asks them for make up advice for her cleavage. Ms. Feldman had the kids make origami out of their work books. There’s very little that transcends into our reality and it’s hilarious. Yet, what does transcend is the unspeakable bond that you have with your coworkers. And, if anyone has worked with children, the strange persona that overcomes you when you’re trying to just make everything flow smoothly.
Under any other circumstances, these people would not meet
Really, who would expect this group of characters to ever hang out a bar after work if it were not for the single fact that they all work together. By the first episode, we realize that these are completely different women that share one bond: teaching. The friendship between Ms. Snap and Ms. Bennigan alone shows that in any other setting, these women would not speak to each other. Yet, they have each other’s backs. When Ms. Cannon realizes that she is still not over her ex-boyfriend, and meets his new girlfriend, the women team together to support her. There are six distinct characters that all really do make a lasting print on this series. Teachers follows their lives hilariously.
It’s a show ran by women
Although Teachers does not wish to be taken seriously, what we should focus on the fact that six women, who collectively go by the Katydids, created this show-and there is something to be said about women taking charge in comedy. Women are more than the comedy we have been given and the past few years have proved that. This series proves time and again it’s more than just a situational comedy. Yes, there’s some slapstick and gross-out comedy. There is a shock value to Teachers. There’s blatant sexualization and this is a very forward show. It doesn’t hold back–and that’s a good thing. There’s nothing stopping them from showing whatever it is they want to show. From an episode about still not getting over an ex-boyfriend, to one about shoving a bottle up a character’s backside, there really are no boundaries. It’s fresh and fun to see, especially on a new TV Land.
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Teachers airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on TV Land.
Megan's TV addiction began with Gilmore Girls. Television taught her everything, from how to survive on an island to how to get away with murder. She will talk TV all day and every day. Follow on twitter @meggh11