Bad Teacher: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: Ari Graynor's comedic talents are largely wasted on Bad Teacher, which reboots the same shtick from the movie with none of the edge.


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Air date: Apr 24, 2014
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The first and sole season of this single-camera comedy based on the 2011 film of the same name focuses on the antics of Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), a recent divorcee who is desperate to find another rich husband so that she can continue to enjoy her lavish, upper-class lifestyle. Meredith decides to pose as a formally-educated teacher and obtains a position at the middle school of a friend's stepdaughter, Lily (Sara Rodier), in hopes of hitting it off with a wealthy single father. Meredith is soon introduced to the school's staff members, which include Irene (Sara Gilbert), an awkward yet good-hearted woman who she quickly befriends; Ginny (Kristin Davis), an uptight teacher who takes her career very seriously and is immediately suspicious of Meredith's motives; Carl (David Alan Grier), the recently divorced principal of the school who becomes smitten with the new teacher; and Joel (Ryan Hansen), a gym teacher who went to high school with Meredith and continually fights to win her affection. Throughout the inaugural season, Meredith finds herself in a variety of hilarious situations from fixed science fairs to searching for love at a support group.


Ari Graynor
as Meredith Davis
Ryan Hansen
as Joel Kotsky
Kristin Davis
as Ginny Taylor-Clapp
Sara Rodier
as Lily
David Alan Grier
as Principal Carl Gains
Brett Gelman
as Mr. Pilaf
Colin Hanks
as Coach Donnie
Aedin Mincks
as A.V. Kid
Ciera Payton
as Meg the Bartender
Phinehas Yoon
as Victor Hu
Luka Jones
as Chef Asher
Hal Ozsan
as Navid
Maile Flanagan
as Linda the Bus Driver
Jennifer Riker
as Well Dressed Mom
Lindsay Bushman
as Cute Girl
Emma Warner
as Mean Girl
Sean Persaud
as Barista
Dan Amos
as Delivery Guy
Ava Allan
as Bella
Robert Sloan
as Chubby Twin
Lilian Tapia
as Yolanda
Brian Baumgartner
as Officer Edmund
Noah Harpster
as Sean Cohen
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Critic Reviews for Bad Teacher Season 1

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

Bad Teacher puts on a crass front but is saved by a kindly heart.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Graynor, fronting her first TV series, seems perfectly equipped to do so. The eye candy attributes are obvious, but she also knows how to land a punchline and parry with the veteran pros surrounding her.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's warmth and some humor here. It's also been tweaked so that, unlike the movie, it isn't only for teens. But Bad Teacher has a tough test ahead.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What this Bad Teacher really needed to do was outsmart the source material -- make this version more clever, or sharper, or funnier, or (above all) make it for adults. After all, no teens will ever fall for this flavorless, sanitized and timid retread.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

The black comedy devolves into shades of gray, and not the good kind.

Apr 23, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If you've seen the film, you've seen the shtick. And CBS, surprisingly, doesn't find many new notes to play in the TV version, leaving open the question of why they bothered cloning such a forgettable film at all.

Apr 19, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While the TV series has reeled in some impressive and underrated comedic performers, they're wasted in this repetitive and annoying series.

Jul 3, 2018 | Full Review…

We're enjoying the Bad Teacher TV comedy much more than the movie.

May 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The casting for Bad Teacher is brilliant. Graynor is enormously appealing as the lead, balancing an insouciant affect with a slinky, thrown-off, ironic villainy.

Apr 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Hilary Winston's TV adaptation of Bad Teacher has the potential to exceed the movie version with the help of its vivacious lead, Ari Graynor, and a great ensemble cast.

Apr 24, 2014 | Rating: 7.7/10 | Full Review…

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