A.P. Bio

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A.P. Bio
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Created byMike O'Brien
Opening theme"Listen to My Heart" by Ramones
Composer(s)Jeff Cardoni
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Seth Meyers
Mike O'Brien
Lorne Michaels
Andrew Singer
Michael Shoemaker
Producer(s)Hilary Marx
Katy Jenson
Shelly Grossman
Glenn Howerton
Barbara Stoll
CinematographyBlake McClure
Editor(s)Adam Lichtenstein
Dane McMaster
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2018 (2018-02-01) –

A.P. Bio is an American comedy television series created by Mike O'Brien for NBC. After a pilot order in late January 2017,[1] the project was ordered to series on May 8, 2017.[2] The series premiered on February 1, 2018 for a special preview and made its official debut on March 1, 2018.[3] NBC released the first three episodes on NBCUniversal streaming platforms after the February 1 broadcast premiere for early viewing.

On May 8, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 7, 2019.[4][5]


When disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job to his rival Miles Leonard (Tom Bennett), he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio and work as a high-school Advanced Placement Biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor-roll students at his disposal, Jack decides to use them for his own benefit: getting revenge on Miles. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.


Main cast[edit]

  • Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin, a disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar and current Advanced Placement Biology teacher at Whitlock High School.[6]
  • Lyric Lewis as Stef Duncan, a history teacher at Whitlock High School.[7]
  • Mary Sohn as Mary Wagner, an art teacher at Whitlock High School.[8]
  • Jean Villepique as Michelle Jones, a home economics teacher at Whitlock High School.[9]
  • Tom Bennett as Miles Leonard, a scholar who is Jack's rival and nemesis. (Season 1)[10]
  • Paula Pell as Helen Henry Demarcus, Principal Durbin's secretary (Season 2-present, Recurring Season 1)
  • Patton Oswalt as Principal Ralph Durbin, the principal of Whitlock High School.[6]


  • Jacob McCarthy as Devin (Season 1)[11]
  • Aparna Brielle as Sarika Sarkar[12]
  • Nick Peine as Marcus Kasperak[13]
  • Allisyn Ashley Arm as Heather
  • Eddie Leavy as Anthony Lewis
  • Charlie McCrackin as Coach Dick Novak
  • Jacob Houston as Victor Kozlowski
  • Tucker Albrizzi as Colin McConnell (Season 1)
  • Spence Moore II as Dan Decker
  • Sari Arambulo as Grace

Guest stars[edit]


Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
11"Catfish"Oz RodriguezMike O'BrienFebruary 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)1013.12[14]
When Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin finds himself teaching high school in Toledo, he tosses the syllabus and recruits his students to help mentally break his dream-job-stealing nemesis Miles Leonard. In this episode, Jack encourages his students to catfish Miles on social media.
22"Teacher Jail"Oz RodriguezRob KleinFebruary 25, 2018 (2018-02-25) (broadcast)
February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02) (online)
Despite his love of teacher jail where he's paid to not teach, Jack betrays the boisterous union rep who got him there in favor of Principal Durbin.
33"Burning Miles"Oz RodriguezLuvh RakheMarch 1, 2018 (2018-03-01) (broadcast)
February 2, 2018 (2018-02-02) (online)
While Principal Durbin struggles with budget cuts, Jack discovers his students pity him - so he rallies, making a splash at the school bake sale and getting kicked out of the bookstore for life.
44"Overachieving Virgins"Julie Anne RobinsonJohn Blickstead & Trey KollmerMarch 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)1042.60[16]
Jack gets into a petty dispute with Marcus, the President of Student Council, who surprisingly refuses to back down, causing the situation to escalate much too far. Meanwhile, Stef sells makeup at school as a side business.
55"Dating Toledoans"Ryan CaseAseem BatraMarch 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)1052.33[17]
Jack, who has been taking buses to New York to meet dates, is convinced to let Stef, Mary, and Michelle show him how to enjoy Toledo. Meanwhile, Principal Durbin finds out that his announcements have not been as well received as he had previously believed when Helen covers for him and entertains everyone.
66"Freakin' Enamored"Oz RodriguezShelly GossmanMarch 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)1063.07[18]
When Jack is attracted to Colin's mother at a parent-teacher conference, he feigns interest in her son only to have it backfire. Meanwhile, a group of parents complain to principal Durbin when they notice a piece of controversial student art from Mary's class, resulting in her inciting a protest.
77"Selling Out"Payman BenzDonick CaryMarch 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)1072.87[19]
After Jack receives an offer from Miles' publisher to write a book of feel-good philosophy, he enlists the help of Helen in hopes of using the deal as his ticket out of Toledo. Meanwhile, principal Durbin accidentally sets off an emotional firestorm when he reveals who Mary chose as her emergency contact.
88"We Don't Party"Daniel Gray LonginoNicole SunMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)1082.05[20]
Jack finds out his ex-girlfriend needs a venue for a charity fundraiser and suggests a student's house; the kids are inspired by Jack to party for the first time.
99"Rosemary's Boyfriend"Maggie CareyMike O'Brien & Charlie McCrackinApril 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)1092.21[21]
Jack is incensed when his dead mom's former lover shows up and suggests they celebrate her birthday; Jack taps his students to help him retaliate, but they are busy caring for robot babies; Stef's kindness toward the janitor sends the wrong signals.
1010"Durbin Crashes"Andrew DeYoungMike O'Brien & Rob KleinApril 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)1102.05[22]
Jack takes in Durbin after giving him marriage advice that backfires and gets him kicked out of the house; the kids try to help Jack get revenge against Miles.
1111"Eight Pigs and a Rat"Carrie BrownsteinMike O'Brien & Zeke NicholsonApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)1111.83[23]
The class receives a shipment of fetal pigs for dissection, but Jack cancels the dissection and fails an attempt at shooting the pigs at Miles. The superintendent visits Whitlock High School in order to evaluate Durbin for an "Innovative Principal of the Year" nomination; she is disappointed when each teacher presents a volcano as a supposed part of their curriculum. Jack and Heather demonstrate a live dissection session, using a full-grown hog that Heather stole from her father's butcher shop, and the superintendent is satisfied.
1212"Walleye"Tristram ShapeeroMike O'Brien & Britt MattApril 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)1121.69[24]
Jack successfully convinces Miles that Devin is his illegitimate son; Durbin, Mary, Stef and Michelle clash on the Sadie Hawkins dance theme.
1313"Drenching Dallas"Lynn SheltonMike O'Brien & Jeff Vanderkruik & Brian AshburnMay 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)1132.03[25]
Jack takes interest in a revenge mission on behalf of the kids; Mary, Stef and Michelle believe they've discovered an otherworldly presence.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
141"Happiness"Trent O'DonnellDonick CaryMarch 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)2011.88[26]
Jack chasing a secret of people emotions; Mary, Stef and Michelle prepares for a special day.
152"Nun"Lynn SheltonJohn Blickstead & Trey KollmerMarch 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)2021.96[27]
163"Wednesday Morning, 8 AM"John SolomonMike O'BrienMarch 21, 2019 (2019-03-21)2032.23[28]
174"Toledo's Top 100"[29]TBATBAMarch 28, 2019 (2019-03-28)204TBD
185"J'accuse"[30]TBATBAApril 4, 2019 (2019-04-04)205TBD
196"Melvin"[31]TBATBAApril 11, 2019 (2019-04-11)206TBD


Critical response[edit]

The series holds a score of 65% with an average rating of 6.34/10 on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 31 reviews. The site's critical consensus states: "A.P. Bio has some genuine laughs, but audiences have already seen plenty of authority figures behaving badly -- and have a right to expect more from this promising premise and talented cast."[32] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 59 out of 100 based on 16 critics.[33]

Writing in The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Fienberg commented that A.P. Bio had a good cast and "the only thing holding it back is the small quibble that it's not actually all that funny."[34] Margaret Lyons of the New York Times called A.P. Bio "an abrasive sitcom that isn't merely unfunny, it's also deeply unpleasant."[35] Jen Chaney of Vulture said the series had bright spots but was "conceptually played-out" overall.[36]



Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Thursday 8:30 pm[37] 13 February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01) 3.12[14] May 3, 2018 (2018-05-03) 2.03[25] 2017–18 134 3.54[38]
2 TBA March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07) 1.88[26] TBA TBD 2018–19 TBD TBD

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
1 "Catfish" February 1, 2018 0.8/3 3.12[14]
2 "Teacher Jail" February 25, 2018 1.4/6 5.89[15]
3 "Overachieving Virgins" March 1, 2018 0.7/3 2.70[16]
4 "Burning Miles" March 1, 2018 0.7/3 2.60[16]
5 "Dating Toledoans" March 8, 2018 0.7/3 2.33[17]
6 "Freakin' Enamored" March 15, 2018 0.9/3 3.07[18]
7 "Selling Out" March 22, 2018 0.8/3 2.87[19]
8 "We Don't Party" March 29, 2018 0.6/2 2.05[20]
9 "Rosemary's Boyfriend" April 5, 2018 0.6/2 2.21[21]
10 "Durbin Crashes" April 12, 2018 0.6/3 2.05[22]
11 "Eight Pigs and a Rat" April 19, 2018 0.6/3 1.83[23]
12 "Walleye" April 26, 2018 0.5/2 1.69[24]
13 "Drenching Dallas" May 3, 2018 0.6/3 2.03[25]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
1 "Happiness" March 7, 2019 0.5/3 1.88[26]
2 "Nun" March 14, 2019 0.5/3 1.96[27]
3 "Wednesday Morning, 8 AM" March 21, 2019 0.5/3 2.23[28]

Home Media[edit]

The first season of A.P. Bio was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 14, 2018.


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