Making the Grade (TV series)

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Making the Grade
Genre Sitcom
Created by Gary David Goldberg
Starring George Wendt
Zane Lasky
James Naughton
Alley Mills
Philip Charles MacKenzie
Steven Peterman
Graham Jarvis
Composer(s) Tom Scott
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Gary David Goldberg
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release April 5 (1982-04-05) – May 10, 1982 (1982-05-10)

Making the Grade was an American sitcom which aired on CBS from April 5 until May 10, 1982. It starred James Naughton, Graham Jarvis, Alley Mills, Steven Peterman, and boasted the first TV series roles for Philip Charles MacKenzie and George Wendt. It was set at Franklin High School in St. Louis, and aired as a part of CBS' Monday night comedy lineup.[1] The theme song was a modified version of Tom Scott's Heading Home, which appeared on his Street Beat album three years earlier.

Among those shown were Harry Barnes, the Dean of Boys, Assistant Principal Jack Felspar, Drama teacher Sara Conover, and Physical education teacher Gus Bertoia.


  • James Naughton as Harry Barnes
  • Graham Jarvis as Jack Felspar
  • Alley Mills as Sara Conover
  • Steven Peterman as Jeff Keitan
  • Zane Lasky as Anton Zemeckis
  • George Wendt as Gus Bertoia
  • Philip Charles MacKenzie as David Wasserman
  • Veronica Redd as Janice Reeves


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Mel Damski Gary David Goldberg April 5, 1982 (1982-04-05)
2 "Marriage, Dave Style" Jeff Melman Lloyd Garver April 12, 1982 (1982-04-12)
3 "Teach Me Tonight" Gary David Goldberg Michael J. Weithorn April 19, 1982 (1982-04-19)
4 "Shepherd's Pie Syndrome" Mark Tinker Richard Orloff April 26, 1982 (1982-04-26)
5 "Guess Who's Coming to Class" Mel Damski Merrill Markoe May 3, 1982 (1982-05-03)
6 "Enter Miss Right" Mel Damski Steve Kline May 10, 1982 (1982-05-10)


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 726. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 

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