Teachers Only

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Teachers Only
Teachers Only cast.jpg
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Aaron Ruben
Starring (See article)
Theme music composer The Commodores
Opening theme "Reach High"
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Executive producer(s) Aaron Ruben
Producer(s) Larry Rosen
Larry Tucker
George Yanok
Running time 30m
Production company(s) Carson Productions
Distributor NBC
Original channel NBC
Original run April 14, 1982 (1982-04-14) – May 14, 1983 (1983-05-14)

Teachers Only is an NBC television sitcom centered on the faculty of a Los Angeles high school; in the first season the school was named Millard Fillmore High, but in the second it is Woodrow Wilson High with a changed cast. In both seasons Norman Fell played Principal Ben Cooper, but Lynn Redgrave's character, Diana Swanson, who had been an English teacher in the first season, became a guidance counselor in the second season.

Redgrave and Fell were already established names when this show aired, but two of the supporting stars in the second season, Jean Smart (she played Shari, the principal's secretary) would go on, three years later, to play her best known role, that of interior design studio receptionist Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the long running show, Designing Women. Also, Jean's co-star Teresa Ganzel (she played teacher Samantha "Sam" Keating) became well known for her many game show appearances in the 1980s as well as her appearance in the comedic miniseries, Fresno.

This show ran for only two seasons, in 1982 and 1983.

Cast and characters[edit]

Both seasons:

Season 1:

Season 2:

Episode list[edit]

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1982[edit]

Ep Title Air date
1 1 "Diana, Substitute Mother" 1982.04.14
2 2 "The Dreyfuss Affair" 1982.04.21
3 3 "Cooper's Grab for Gusto" 1982.04.28
4 4 "Quote, Unquote" 1982.05.05
5 5 "The Make Up Test" 1982.05.12
6 6 "I've Got a Crush on You" 1982.05.26
7 7 "The Once and Future Teacher" 1982.06.02
8 8 "Guns and Butter" 1982.06.09

Season 2: 1983[edit]

Ep Title Air date
9 1 "The Rose" 1983.02.12
10 2 "Cooper's Arrangement" 1983.02.19
11 3 "Take This Job and Shove It" 1983.02.26
12 4 "Praise the Lord and Pasta Ammunition" 1983.03.05
13 5 "Rex, the Wonder Husband" 1983.03.12
14 6 "Teacher's Pet" 1983.03.19
15 7 "Take the Money and Run" 1983.04.02
16 8 "Otherwise Engaged" 1983.04.09
17 9 "Beetlemania" 1983.04.16
18 10 "Leather and Lace" 1983.04.23
19 11 "It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To" 1983.04.30
20 12 "Dead Mice Don't Wear Plaid" 1983.05.07
21 13 "Loss of Innocence" 1983.05.14