TEACHERS ONLY – THE COMPLETE SERIES (NBC 1982-83) RARE! Lynn Redgrave, Norman Fell, Jean Smart, Tim Reid, Adam Arkin
Most of the action in this short-lived NBC school comedy took place in the faculty lunchroom and lounge, which was off-limits to the students – hence the series title. It was there that the faculty and staff of Millard Filmore High School talked about their successes and failures, both professional and personal.
Diana Swanson (Lynn Redgrave) was a high-principled, dedicated English teacher, popular with her students despite the rigors of her curriculum. Ben Cooper (Norman Fell) was the gruff, stubborn, but warm-hearted school principal who had developed an ulcer after many years of trying to balance the needs and wants of students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Michael (Adam Arkin) and Gwen (Van Nessa Clarke) were fellow teachers, Mr Brody (Norman Bartold) the assistant principal, and Mr Pafko (Richard Karron), the janitor.
When Teachers Only returned in the spring of 1983, there were a number of changes. The series was still set in Los Angeles, but the school was now Woodrow Wilson High (no on-air explanation was given).
Only Diana, now a guidance counsellor, and Ben, still the principal, returned. New cast members included teachers Sam Keating (Teresa Ganzel), Barney Betelman (Joel Brooks) and Michael Horne (Tim Reid); gym teacher and coach Spud Le Boone (Steve Ryan); and Ben’s secretary Shari (Jean Smart).
Despite the infusion of new cast members, consistently low ratings resulted in the show being cancelled again.
The series was produced by Carson Productions (Johnny Carson).
Number of DVDs: 4
Number of Episodes: 21
Running Time: 504 minutes (approx)
Aspect Ratios: Fullscreen 1.33:1
NOTES: This is a fan-made DVD set. Not a studio release.
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