Drexell's Class

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Drexell's Class
Created byAndrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
Written byBill Boulware
Eric Brand
Ralph R. Farquhar
Jim Herzfeld
Phil Kellard
Wayne Kline
Robert Kurtz
Tom Moore
Andrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
George Zateslo
Directed byMatthew Diamond
Dick Martin
Gino Tanasescu
John Tracy
StarringDabney Coleman
Theme music composerKurt Farquhar
Composer(s)Rich Eames
Scott Gale
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive producer(s)Phil Kellard
Tom Moore
David A. Neuman
Producer(s)Marsha Posner-Williams
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Grantwood Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) –
March 5, 1992 (1992-03-05)

Drexell's Class is an American sitcom that aired Thursday at 8:30 on Fox as part of its 1991–92 lineup. The show was created by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers.


Drexell's Class starred Dabney Coleman as Otis Drexell, a fifth-grade teacher at fictional Grantwood Elementary School in Cedar Bluffs, Iowa. Drexell's backstory revealed that he was a corporate raider who lost a large amount of money on a failed venture, dodged his taxes, and was arrested. At his sentencing, he was offered a suspended sentence if he worked as a teacher at the understaffed school to pay off his back taxes. Drexell was a divorced man whose two daughters lived with him. The cast also included two antagonists, rival teacher Roscoe Davis (Dakin Matthews) and Principal Francine Itkin (Randy Graff), who was later succeeded by Principal Marylin Ridge (Edie McClurg).

One of Drexell's few friends at the school was school janitor George (Cleavant Derricks), who shared Drexell's love of sports and beer. Most episodes revolved around Drexell's unwillingness to teach his students lessons by the book, or trying to be a good father to his daughters. Occasionally, Drexell's ex-wife made appearances; Drexell hoped she would remarry so he could stop paying alimony.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Otis' Last Day"Matthew DiamondMatthew DiamondSeptember 19, 1991 (1991-09-19)
2"Air Drexell"Matthew DiamondPhil Kellard & Tom MooreSeptember 26, 1991 (1991-09-26)
3"Misery Loves Drexell"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersOctober 3, 1991 (1991-10-03)
4"Love Walked Right In and Swept Mr. Drexell Away"Matthew DiamondDennis KleinOctober 10, 1991 (1991-10-10)
5"Convictions"Matthew DiamondRalph FarquharOctober 17, 1991 (1991-10-17)
6"Viva Lost Wages"Matthew DiamondTom Moore, Phill Kellard & Ralph FarquharOctober 24, 1991 (1991-10-24)
7"Best Halloween Ever"Matthew DiamondWayne KlineOctober 31, 1991 (1991-10-31)
8"Driving Drexell Crazy"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersNovember 7, 1991 (1991-11-07)
9"Down and Out at the Out 'n In"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersNovember 14, 1991 (1991-11-14)
10"The Best Thanksgiving Ever"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersNovember 21, 1991 (1991-11-21)
11"Bully for Otis"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersDecember 5, 1991 (1991-12-05)
12"Silent Night, Holy Smokes"Matthew DiamondBill BoulwareDecember 12, 1991 (1991-12-12)
13"My Own Private Iowa"Matthew DiamondEric Brand & Robert KurtzJanuary 16, 1992 (1992-01-16)
14"Beauty and the Beast"Dick MartinBill BoulwareJanuary 23, 1992 (1992-01-23)
15"Ashes to Ashes"Matthew DiamondGeorge ZatesloFebruary 6, 1992 (1992-02-06)
16"Till Death Do You Part"Gino TanasescuGeorge ZatelsoFebruary 13, 1992 (1992-02-13)
17"Cruisin'"Matthew DiamondAndrew Nicholls & Darrell VickersFebruary 20, 1992 (1992-02-20)
18"The Resentments"Matthew DiamondWayne KlineMarch 5, 1992 (1992-03-05)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title of work Recipient
1992 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Television Series
1992 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Michael Oliver
1992 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Guest Starring or Recurring Role in a TV Series Brandon Quintin Adams

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