HBO Max’s reboot of classic sitcom head of the class, by Bill Lawrence of scrubs and Ted Lasso fame, has been canceled after just one season (which premiered on the streaming service just over a month ago). Like the original series from the 80s and early 90s, this head of the class was about a teacher who entered a class of bright students and was inspiring to learn more about to live then books. It was also HBO Max’s only original multi-camera sitcom and the platform’s second ever cancellation.
Isabella Gomez, formerly of One day at a timeplayed the teacher, with the rest of the cast including Jorge Diaz, Jolie Hoang Rappaport, Gavin Lewis, Dior Goodjohn, Brandon Severs, Adrian Matthew Escalona, Katie Beth Hall, Robin Givens and Christa Miller.
The show received a somewhat mediocre response when it debuted last month, featuring: Will Harris notes in his review for: The AV club that “you would almost certainly never guess” that the show was executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Still, Gomez got high marks and seemed like a strong performer to center the show around.
With this and AP Bio both not moving forward, the television landscape just got a little harder for kids who are smart when it comes to books but less smart when it comes to life – although the kids on AP Bio were explicitly not learning something other than revenge and how to skillfully throw an apple in a trash can so maybe they would have been better off being on a show like head of the class… but that show has now been canceled so maybe there is no hope for kids who are smart but need to learn how to enjoy and experience life.
The other HBO Max show that got canceled, if you’re keeping score at home, was Generation (also known as Generated + ion).