Teach: Tony Danza

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Teach: Tony Danza
Teach Tony Danza.jpg
StarringTony Danza
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Production locationsPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Running time45 minutes
(excluding commercials)
Production companiesThe Greif Company
Thinkfactory Media
Original networkA&E
Original releaseOctober 1 (2010-10-01) –
November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)

Teach: Tony Danza is an American reality show about actor Tony Danza becoming a tenth-grade English teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the 2009–2010 school year. The show premiered October 1, 2010 on A&E. Filming took place predominantly during the first semester of the school year, with a few unaired scenes shot at the end of the second semester. Production was halted at the end of the first semester after the producers felt that existing footage was not dramatic enough, and after Danza refused to allow the producers to try to generate drama among his students. The existing footage was used to create the seven episodes that aired.[1] Tony continued to teach his class until the end of the school year and returned for a few years after the show aired as a commencement speaker at graduation.

Historical Significance[edit]

In a survey of public opinion around New Jersey, Teach: Tony Danza was voted the most important show of the 2000s

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Air date U.S. viewers
1"Back to School"October 1, 2010 (2010-10-01)0.937[2]
Danza arrives at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. There he meets most of the faculty and his diverse class of students. He learns that teaching is harder than he thought when one of the students questions Danza's qualifications. He also attempts to bond with the students by becoming an assistant coach.
2"Tested"October 8, 2010 (2010-10-08)0.698[3]
Danza fears that most of the student are not doing the work after half the class fails their first quiz. He also denies three of his "special needs" students the use of the resource room because he thinks they are being lazy. However, there may be legalities associated with this. To make matters worse, the brightest student in the class wants to drop out of the class because he isn't being challenged enough.
3"Just Say No"October 15, 2010 (2010-10-15)0.606[4]
The Mayor of Philadelphia asks Danza to host a charity show. Danza talks one of his students out of quitting the football team, while trying to convince another student that school is worth the effort.
4"Homesick"October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22)0.560[5]
Feeling homesick, Danza tries to plan a trip back home. However, he changes his plans after one of his students asks him to help in the band competition. Danza finds out he is not engaging his class enough and has to meet with one student's parents after catching the student not paying attention.
5"Solidarity"October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29)0.488[6]
Danza and the rest of the faculty try to enforce the new school-wide uniform policy. After training some of his students to box, two of his students get into a fight. Another student disrespects the assistant principal by giving her a doggy treat.
6"To Cheat or Not to Cheat"November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)0.534[7]
Danza catches two students cheating on a test. In addition, Danza tries to mend a broken friendship between two girls in his class. Danza must deal with student issues when he chaperones the homecoming dance.
7"Teacher's Pet"November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)0.534[7]
Danza gives one student an extension on an essay, but refuses to allow another student a similar extension. As a result, the student tries to drop the class. Danza reaches out to a student who skips class. He also stages a charity show to raise money for a new air conditioner for the school's library.


  1. ^ Danza, Tony (2012), I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High, ISBN 978-0307887863
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 5, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Viewers Not Holding Closer Teach: Tony Danza; Haven Still Stable + Friday Night Smackdown & More". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  3. ^ Gorman, Bill (October 11, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Haven Finale Up; MLB Playoffs, Smackdown! & More!". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  4. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 18, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, Big Time Rush, Sanctuary, Swamp Loggers & More". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Seidman, Robert (October 25, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Sanctuary Down + Yankees/Rangers, Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings, Big Time Rush & Much More". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  6. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 1, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: NBA Rules the Cable Night, Sanctuary, Smackdown Steady & More". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  7. ^ a b Gorman, Bill (November 8, 2010). "Friday Cable Ratings: Sanctuary, WWE Smackdown!, Swamp Loggers, NBA, Tony Danza & More". TV By The Numbers. Archived from the original on November 14, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011.

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