Teachers (2016 TV series)

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Created byThe Katydids
  • Caitlin Barlow
  • Katy Colloton
  • Cate Freedman
  • Kate Lambert
  • Katie O’Brien
  • Kathryn Renée Thomas
ComposerJoshua Funk
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • The Katydids
  • Alison Brie
  • Ian Roberts
  • Jay Martel
  • Matt Miller
  • Matt Abramson
  • David Brixton
  • Alex Fendrich
  • PJ Fishwick
  • Jill Cargerman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorViacom Media Networks
Original networkTV Land
Picture formatHDTV
Original releaseJanuary 13, 2016 (2016-01-13) –
March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)

Teachers is an American television sitcom on TV Land that aired from 2016 through 2019. It is based on the web series of the same name by the improv group The Katydids (all members of the group by coincidence have the first name Kate as a root name), and is written by the six members of the group who also play teachers at the Chicago-area Fillmore Elementary School.[1] The series' initial 10 episodes premiered on January 13, 2016.[2][3] On March 3, 2016, TV Land renewed Teachers for a 20-episode second season,[4] which premiered on January 17, 2017.[5] On March 21, 2017, the series went on hiatus, with the final 10 episodes of season two beginning to air on November 7, 2017.[6] On April 20, 2017, the show was renewed for a 20-episode third season,[5] which premiered on June 5, 2018.[7] On November 20, 2018, TV Land announced that the series would end after three seasons and 50 episodes. The series finale aired on March 19, 2019.[8]


The series follows the lives, interactions and challenges of six female teachers at the fictional Millard Fillmore Elementary School in suburban Chicago.



Katie O'Brien (left) and Katy Colloton discuss Teachers in 2017
  • Caitlin Barlow[1] as Cecilia Cannon, the school's art teacher who is very liberal and frequently tries to rally the others to join protests or support causes
  • Katy Colloton[1] as Chelsea Snap, an extremely narcissistic teacher who sleeps around and is obsessed with her looks
  • Cate Freedman[1] as Anna Jane "AJ" Feldman (seasons 1-2, guest season 3), a somewhat lazy teacher whose classes are frequently out of control. She often makes reference to using a variety of drugs.
  • Kate Lambert[1] as Caroline Watson, a relatively competent teacher who is a hopeless romantic, which causes her to sometimes lose perspective
  • Katie O’Brien[1] as Mary Louise Bennigan, an extremely religious, conservative teacher who is depicted as somewhat naïve. Despite their being polar opposites, she considers Chelsea to be her best friend and puts her on a pedestal.
  • Kathryn Renée Thomas[1] as Deb Adler, an antisocial, often angry teacher who was an outcast back in her own school days. Due to overcrowding, she must teach her class in a mobile home-like outbuilding. She is married to an unsuccessful musician.


Development and production[edit]

Teachers is based on the web series of the same name, created by and starring improv group The Katydids.[9] The series was originally conceived as webisodes, directed by Matt Miller and produced by Cap Gun TV, a development/production studio based in Chicago and Los Angeles.[10]

TV Land ordered a pilot on March 19, 2014, with The Katydids reprising their roles from the web series.[11] Alison Brie executive produces alongside The Katydids, Matt Miller, and Cap Gun TV. Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have signed on as showrunners,[12] with Richie Keen directing the series' pilot.[13] TV Land picked up the show to series on October 1, 2014 with a 10-episode order.[14]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110January 13, 2016 (2016-01-13)March 16, 2016 (2016-03-16)
220January 17, 2017 (2017-01-17)January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)
320June 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)March 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)


The first episode was released on demand on December 15, 2015, before the broadcast debut on January 13, 2016.[15][16][2]

Internationally, the series premiered in Australia on The Comedy Channel on October 24, 2016.[17]

It premiered on Comedy Central UK on 7 November 2016.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Teachers has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes awarded the series with a rating of 75% based on reviews from 13 critics and an average rating of 5.9 out of 16. The site's critical consensus reads: "Teachers struggles with the transition from web series to television, but gets some good marks for humor."[19] On Metacritic, the series received a score of 66% based on reviews from 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Andreeva, Nellie (October 1, 2014). "TV Land Picks Up Impastor & Teachers To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Premiere Date Change: TV Land's "Younger" and "Teachers" Now to Premiere on Wednesday, January 13th". The Futon Critic. November 19, 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Teachers on TV Land". The Futon Critic.
  4. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (March 3, 2016). "Teachers Renewed for Season 2". TV Line. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Teachers - Returns This January". TVland.com. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  6. ^ Nakamura, Reid (April 20, 2017). "TV Land Renews 'Younger' and 'Teachers' for Additional Seasons". TheWrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  7. ^ McLennan, Cindy (March 30, 2018). "Teachers: Season Three Premiere Date Released by TV Land". TVseriesfinale.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2018). "'Teachers' To End After Season 3, Leaving TV Land With No Original Scripted Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Teachers, A Web Series". www.teacherswebseries.com. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Cap Gun Collective CGTV". Cap Gun Collective. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 19, 2014). "TV Land Orders Pilot For Comedy Based On Web Series Teachers, Alison Brie Produces". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2014). "Key & Peele EPs Ian Roberts & Jay Martel Tapped As Showrunners For TV Land Comedy Pilot Teachers". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Richie Keen To Helm TV Land Pilot Teachers". Deadline.com. July 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 1, 2014). "TV Land Picks Up Impastor & Teachers To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  15. ^ McLennan, Cindy (December 21, 2015). "Teachers: TV Land Releases Pilot Early, Online". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  16. ^ TV Land (December 15, 2015). "The first episode of Teachers is now available on iTunes". Facebook. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  17. ^ Purcell, Charles (21 October 2016). "New This Week (Oct 24): The Walking Dead, Kardashians, Say Yes To The Dress Australia and live sport". The Green Room. Archived from the original on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Comedy Central UK Acquires TV Land Comedy Series 'Teachers', Sets November Premiere - TVWise". 26 October 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Teachers: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  20. ^ "Teachers (2016)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive (CBS Corporation). Retrieved January 14, 2016.

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