Drexell's Class

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Drexell's Class
Genre Sitcom
Created by Andrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
Written by Bill Boulware
Eric Brand
Ralph R. Farquhar
Jim Herzfeld
Phil Kellard
Wayne Kline
Robert Kurtz
Tom Moore
Andrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
George Zateslo
Directed by Matthew Diamond
Dick Martin
Gino Tanasescu
John Tracy
Starring Dabney Coleman
Theme music composer Kurt Farquhar
Composer(s) Rich Eames
Scott Gale
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) Phil Kellard
Tom Moore
David A. Neuman
Producer(s) Marsha Posner-Williams
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Grantwood Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 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 in the role of Otis Drexell, a fifth-grade teacher at fictional Grantwood Elementary School in Cedar Bluffs, Iowa. In the backstory, it was revealed Drexell was a famous corporate raider who lost a large amount of money on a failed venture, to which he dodged his taxes and was subsequently arrested. At his court case, he was told that he would get a suspended sentence on the basis he work as a teacher in the undermanned school until he pays his back taxes. Drexell is also a divorced man whose two daughters live with him. Besides the bevy of cute kids, 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 shows revolved around Drexell's unwillingness to teach children lessons by the book or him trying to be a good father to his daughters. Occasionally, a subplot happened where Drexell's ex-wife appeared, in which Otis was hoping she would remarry so he can stop paying alimony.


Episode list[edit]

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 8G03 "Otis' Last Day" September 19, 1991
2 8G02 "Air Drexell" September 26, 1991
3 8G04 "Misery Loves Drexell" October 3, 1991
4 8G05 "Love Walked Right In and Swept Mr. Drexell Away" October 10, 1991
5 8G01 "Convictions" October 17, 1991
6 8G07 "Viva Lost Wages" October 24, 1991
7 8G06 "Best Halloween Ever" October 31, 1991
8 8G08 "Driving Drexell Crazy" November 7, 1991
9 8G10 "Down and Out at the Out 'n In" November 14, 1991
10 8G09 "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" November 21, 1991
11 8G11 "Bully for Otis" December 5, 1991
12 8G12 "Silent Night, Holy Smokes" December 21, 1991
13 8G13 "My Own Private Iowa" January 16, 1992
14 8G14 "Beauty and the Beast" January 23, 1992
15 8G17 "Ashes to Ashes" February 6, 1992
16 8G15 "Till Death Do You Part" February 13, 1992
17 8G18 "Cruisin'" February 20, 1992
18 8G16 "The Resentments" March 5, 1992

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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