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TV Series Review

I don't know if I could think of a more important job than that of a teacher. Sure, Christian television reviewers are critical to the world—indispensable, really, and woefully underpaid—but teachers are a breed apart. They're instrumental in who our children become, cramming knowledge into their pupils' heads, leavening that knowledge at times with important lessons in manners and self-respect.

Which means all children should stay clear of any Teachers they might stumble upon in TV Land.

Ringing the Bell

The teachers in Teachers aren't teachers at all, of course, but rather members of the comedy troupe The Katydids. The show is based on a 2012 web series of the same name, and it seems designed to nurture some outlandishly oversize schoolmarm personalities.

Cecilia Cannon loves her students, Birkenstocks and lots of liberal crusades, though not necessarily in that order. She often encourages fellow teachers to join her in her social activism, but mostly they have other concerns.

Mary Louise Bennigan, for instance, is a devout Christian (almost her only distinguishing characteristic) who is more concerned with saving souls than spotted tundra rats. Chelsea Snap is mainly concerned with how her hair looks and if she's revealing just the right amount of cleavage. Formerly rich (and hopelessly romantic) Caroline Watson's concerned with, as she says, her newly "destitute" status, and how she can possibly survive on a teacher's salary. And Deb Adler … well, the angsty educator isn't concerned with much of anyone or anything if she can help it.

But when it comes to sex, they all seem pretty concerned about that.

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For some, like Chelsea, sex—and the procuring of it—almost seems like a full-time occupation. (She even has a beefcake "educational" poster hanging in her classroom.) But it's a key conversational topic for all of them, and it's not just talk: The show takes us into the occasional bedroom, living room or office space to show viewers just what sort of coupling they're talking about. And while Teachers eschews straight-up nudity, the tone and movements involved leave little to the imagination regarding what's happening and how.

Language can be harsh in this TV-MA show as well, extending into the realm of f-words (unbleeped in the Amazon-streamed version of the show I watched). And Mary Louise's faith is often treated as little more than a joke.

The show marks a definite departure from TV Land's programming roots: a locale for classic television of yesteryear, or shows that felt classic. No, this one-time internet production is about as coarse and dirty as … well, the etchings found in a high school bathroom stall. Nothing classic here at all.

The women starring on this show are clearly talented and can be funny. But the lessons these Teachers offer aren't the sort that any child should learn.

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June 19, 2018: "Of Lice and Men"



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Caitlin Barlow as Cecilia Cannon; Katy Colloton as Chelsea Snap; Kate Lambert as Caroline Watson; Katie O'Brien as Mary Louise Bennigan; Kathryn Renée Thomas as Deb Adler; Cate Freedman as AJ Feldman; Tim Bagley as Toby Pearson; Ryan Caltagirone as Hot Dad; Ryan Hansen as Brent; Patricia Belcher as Mavis




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Paul Asay

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