Head of the Class

Head of the Class

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EP1 Where's Charlie? Sep 11, 1990

Charlie doesn't return for the new school year and the Kids are wondering where's Charlie? Charlie found an acting gig and left and now the students have a new teacher, Billy MacGregor.

EP2 Twelve Angry Nerds Sep 18, 1990

When Alan is caught cheating, Billy has the class act as a jury to decide his punishment.

EP3 The Heartbreak Nerd Sep 25, 1990

Arvid goes out with gorgeous Viki.

EP4 And Then There Were None Oct 02, 1990

Arvid's infectious flu may keep the class from performing in a Shakespeare competition.

EP5 Getting Personal Oct 09, 1990

Billy tries the personals ads.

EP6 Napoleon Blown Apart Oct 16, 1990

Inspired by his French class, Eric goes to ""find himself"" in Paris.

EP7 Billy's Big One Oct 23, 1990

Billy fakes a heart attack to circumvent a health-insurance bureaucrasy; the IHP girls try writing a romance novel.

EP8 Dead Men Don't Wear Pocket Protectors (1) Oct 30, 1990

After Billy is robbe, he has the class write papers on gun control, leading Arvid to a harrowing experience when he buys a gun for the assignment. (Part 1 of 2)

EP9 Dead Men Don't Wear Pocket Protectors (2) Nov 06, 1990

Bully Zach may have Arvid's missing gun. (Part 2 of 2)

EP10 Fillmore vs. Billy Jean's Nov 13, 1990

The IHP class behaves obnoxiously when their bus breaks down at a rural truck stop.

EP11 Be My Baby . . . Sitter Nov 20, 1990

Jasper's overprotective parents hire a babysitter for him -- and to his mortification, it turns out to be Sarah.

EP12 Dancing Fools Nov 27, 1990

Billy and Bernadette take dance lessons at the studio where Alex teaches, and where he's pursued by a woman.

EP13 My Son the Primate Dec 04, 1990

Arvid trains a chimp at his part-time pet store job and, rather than let it be sold, hides it in the classroom.

EP14 The Importance of Being Alex Dec 11, 1990

Simone's reputation suffers when Alex lies to his friends about a romance with her.

EP15 Viki's Torn Genes Dec 18, 1990

At Christmas, Billy helps Viki find her birth mother, but the woman doesn't want to see her.

EP16 The Last Waltz Jan 08, 1991

T.J. turns down Aristotle's invitation to the senior prom.

EP17 Most Likely to Be Forgotten Jan 15, 1991

The kids work on their yearbook, with Eric beginning to regret not having participated more extracurricularly.

EP18 The Strange Case of Randy McNally May 28, 1991

To save Dennis after a prank, Billy creates a fictional student -- who apparently gets the MIT scholarship Dennis wanted.

EP19 My Dinner With Darlene Jun 04, 1991

Darlene promises to treat the class to an elaborate farewell dinner, but then finds her credit card revoked.

EP20 The Phantom of the Glee Club Jun 11, 1991

The class learns T.J. is more than just a contemporary-style musician when Billy discovers her operatic talent.

EP21 It Couldn't Last Forever (1) Jun 18, 1991

With a wrecking ball ready to demolish the school, the IHP class waits to fund out who's to be valedictorian. (Part 1 of 2)

EP22 It Couldn't Last Forever (2) Jun 25, 1991

The IHP class graduates, with T.J. as valedictorian. (Part 2 of 2, and series finale)
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Released: 17 September 1986 Ended
Producted By: Warner Bros. Television
Country: United States of America
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Head of the Class is an American sitcom that ran from 1986 to 1991 on the ABC television network. The series follows a group of gifted students in the Individualized Honors Program at the fictional Monroe High School in Manhattan, and their history teacher Charlie Moore. The program was ostensibly a vehicle for Hesseman, best known for his role as radio DJ Dr. Johnny Fever in the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. Hesseman left Head of the Class in 1990 and was replaced by Billy Connolly as teacher Billy MacGregor for the final season. After the series ended, Connolly appeared in a short-lived spin-off titled Billy. The series was created and executive produced by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias. Rich Eustis had previously worked as a New York City substitute teacher while hoping to become an actor.

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bkoganbing During the Seventies one of the most popular TV comedies was Welcome Back Kotter which in many ways was the mirror image of Head Of The Class in the Eighties. Kotter was about a teacher essentially babysitting some kids who were marked for life as losers and trying to tell them they necessarily didn't have to be. Head Of The Class was about the education system's cream of the crop, kids with high IQs and great potential. In a sense their home room teacher Howard Hesseman doubled as a guidance counselor.High IQs and great potential doesn't immunize you from life's problems which are magnified in the teen years. Hessemann usually dealt in each episode with one of the kid's problems either academically or personal. Each kid had a specialty, Brian Robbins who did look like he could have been a James Dean wannabe was a writer. Dan Frischman was an overachieving math genius, son of a mathematics professor as well who never had a social life. His father's idea of fun was doing algorithms with his on. Tannis Vallely had a super IQ and just had trouble fitting in in high school as she was about 10.Tony O'Dell had an interesting role, maybe the most interesting of the kids. He was a conservative thinking history enthusiast, but was never presented as a figure of ridicule. Hessemann who clearly didn't share his beliefs encouraged him to marshal his arguments and think objectively as the best of teachers do. O'Dell was also clearly looking too old for high school, but his performance was convincing.William Schilling was the principal who treated these kids like hot house plants had his clashes every week with Hessemann. It was not unlike those that Gabe Kotter had with Mr. Woodman on Kotter. Except the roles were reversed as the principal scoffed at Kotter's concern for these losers and Schilling was concerned lest the egos of the geniuses be bruised. Both situations worked in their respective series.Head Of The Class really died when Hessemann left. Still it was a wonderful show for the time we had it.
Jasoco This show is very funny. Another show from 1986. I never saw it when it was actually on TV. Most of the 80's was spent watching The Cosby Show for me. I was a child. So I have to watch all the best shows of my time on Nick at Nite and TV Land 20+ years later.Now that I'm watching it, I know what I've been missing.Most shows today don't even begin to meet the standards shows like this have set.
Dangirl This show is a classic! It's funny and original with plenty of laughs!! Both Mr. Moore and Billy were great. It included the best cast ever to be assembled on tv!! It's a shame this wonderful show is not in syndication anywhere. Long live Dennis Blunden!!!
Deeana Oh My God, could this show be any worse? I think not!How corny can you possibly get. The 80's certainly were the area of really lame, bad television shows, this being the worst of them all. I have absolutely no idea why Billy Connolly decided to join this show, but he must have been out of his mind. The acting is terrible, stories so pathetic and totally unrealistic. This show should be banished from TV land altogether, maybe they could burn the tapes, but something must be done to rid us of this crap.Avoid at all costs!!!!!!!!!