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Head of the Class 

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A laidback teacher provides needed guidance about life for a special class of exceptional students.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 12 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
William G. Schilling ...  Dr. Harold Samuels 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Jeannetta Arnette ...  Bernadette Meara 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Dan Frischman ...  Arvid Engen 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Robin Givens ...  Darlene Merriman 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Khrystyne Haje ...  Simone Foster 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Tony O'Dell ...  Alan Pinkard 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Brian Robbins ...  Eric Mardian 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Kimberly Russell ...  Sarah Nevins 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Dan Schneider ...  Dennis Blunden 114 episodes, 1986-1991
Howard Hesseman ...  Charlie Moore 92 episodes, 1986-1990
Tannis Vallely ...  Janice Lazarotto 69 episodes, 1986-1991
Leslie Bega ...  Maria Borges 68 episodes, 1986-1990
Joher Coleman ...  Jawaharlal Choudhury 68 episodes, 1986-1990
Rain Pryor ...  T.J. Jones 51 episodes, 1988-1991
Michael DeLorenzo ...  Alex Torres 47 episodes, 1989-1991
Lara Piper ...  Viki Amory 47 episodes, 1989-1991
De'voreaux White ...  Aristotle McKenzie 47 episodes, 1989-1991


A group of gifted high school students are placed together into an "enrichment" class. Although brilliant, they have much to learn about each other and themselves. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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According to series co-creator Michael Elias in a 2020 Reddit thread, the cast change from Howard Hesseman to Billy Connelly at the start of the 5th season was because ABC insisted that the producers 'freshen up the show' or be canceled. Changing the lead was the best way to do that. See more »


[Dennis arrives to the christmas party dressed as Santa after collecting donations]
Dennis Blunden: I was making a fortune on 106th street. The suit makes all the difference.
Jasper Kwong: That's really low Dennis.
Eric Mardian: Yeah, I'll say. Somewhere there is a naked fat guy with a bell and bucket.
Dennis Blunden: If you don't believe me I won an award. Take a look at this.
[Dennis hands Darlene the award paper]
Darlene Merriman: [reading the award statement surprised] This is in recongition of Dennis Blunden's work through the "Christmas for Kids" program.
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Worst TV Series EVER
6 June 2002 | by Ian Mysterio JnrSee all my reviews

I dont know if im watching the same show as these hippies.

This is with out a doubt the worst show on TV from its time. And that is saying alot when you look at the other crap on from the same era shows such as Step by Step, Perfect Stranges, Man About The House, and so on and so. This show really should have been called Head of The Crap. The only thing that saved this show from the proverbial toilet is the timely arrival of Billy Connoly who took over from the hideously unfunny Howard Hesseman. What is up with WKRP and Police Academy 3 these two movies had some promise and could have been good, but Hesseman ruined both.

In conclusion all I have say is this is a bad show with bad actors esspically that hesseman charater, and if these sort of shenanags had ever gone on at my school..., well it wouldnt have because we have teachers who can act better then Hesseman.

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17 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Burbank, California, USA See more »

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