Working Class (TV series)

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Working Class
Created byJill Cargerman
StarringMelissa Peterman
Ed Asner
Steve Kazee
Patrick Fabian
Lachlan Buchanan
Courtney Merritt
Cameron Castaneda
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJill Cargerman
Bryan Johnson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Production companiesSpoon Size Productions
The Film Syndicate
Original networkCMT
Original releaseJanuary 28 (2011-01-28) –
April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)

Working Class is an American television sitcom created by Jill Cargerman, which premiered on CMT on January 28, 2011.[1] The network ordered twelve episodes for the comedy, which was the first scripted series for the network.[1]

On April 11, 2011, CMT cancelled Working Class after only one season, due to low ratings.[2]


According to a press release, "the ... series follows Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble background, trying to give her three kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. She quickly finds that making the transition to 'the good life' is harder than she thought."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Lowry of Variety panned the series, writing that "On paper, structuring a show around the recession must have felt bold...Ultimately, this is a comedy for people who find Jeff Foxworthy’s material too intellectually demanding."[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"The Buddy System"Rob SchillerJudd Peaslee & Judd PillotJanuary 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)1011.2[8]
Carli mistakenly hits on her boss while an old friend from high school comes back to fulfill a promise they made to marry each other if they don't find anyone else.
2"Dental Claims"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Regina HicksJanuary 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)1021.2[8]
3"Sugar Mama"Rob SchillerBill DalyFebruary 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)103N/A
Carli's ex-husband visits, bringing gifts for the children. But unbeknownst to Carli, he found a replacement, Renee (Reba McEntire), leaving Carli as the black sheep.
4"Eye for an Eye"Steve ZuckermanBill DalyFebruary 11, 2011 (2011-02-11)104N/A
5"Lunch Lady"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Paul Ciancarelli & David DipietroFebruary 18, 2011 (2011-02-18)105N/A
Dot (Kathy Kinney) tells stories about workers and teachers at school.
6"Pay Back"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Judd Peaslee & Judd PillotFebruary 25, 2011 (2011-02-25)106N/A
7"The Dance"Rob SchillerJill CagermanMarch 4, 2011 (2011-03-04)107N/A
8"Wine Pairing"Lynn M. McCrackenJulie Ann LarsonMarch 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)108N/A
9"B-Day Invasion"Lynn M. McCrackenPaul Ciancarelli & David DipIetroMarch 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)109N/A
10"Medieval Woman"Steve ZuckermanJudd Peaslee & Judd PillotMarch 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)110N/A
11"Short, Then Sweet"Steve ZuckermanJill CagermanApril 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)111N/A
12"Hire Education"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Jill CagermanApril 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)112N/A


  1. ^ a b "CMT Premieres Its First Scripted Series "Working Class" Friday, January 28 at 8:00 P.M., ET/PT". The Futon Critic. January 5, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 11, 2011). "CMT Cancels Sitcom 'Working Class'". Deadline. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  3. ^ "Premiere Of CMT's First Scripted Series, "Working Class," Breaks Records For The Network - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". 2011-01-31. Archived from the original on 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  4. ^ "Working Class". 28 January 2011.
  5. ^ Lew, Tiffany (2011-01-28). "Interview with 'Working Class's Patrick Fabian". Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  6. ^ "Courtney Merritt". Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  7. ^ "Cameron Castaneda". Metacritic. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (January 31, 2011). "CABLE RATINGS: Solid Debut For 'Working Class', 'Jerseylicious' Sets Record". Retrieved 2013-04-25.

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