NBC (Mondays, 8:30 p.m. ET)

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In this new classroom sitcom, the gifted standup comic Tom Rhodes headlines as fish-out-of-water prep school teacher Tom Rhodes. Author of a well-received but commercially unsuccessful novel, the hirsute, proletarian, cutting-edge Rhodes does not quite fit into Harkin Academy's tony setting and crosses swords with a snooty veteran teacher played with panache by Ron Glass. A Welcome Back, Kotter for the gentry, Mr. Rhodes has a good cast, good writing and a star whose hip but intelligent style is the very antithesis of the dimwit Saturday Night Live school of comedy.

  • Contributors:
  • Anthony Duignan-cabrera.