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Bad Teacher

the-series-philosopher-Bad_TeacherBad Teacher is an American single-camera comedy series created by Hilary Winston (My Name is Earl, Community), loosely based on the 2011 film of the same name. The series aired on CBS from April 24 to July 26, 2014, as part of the 2013–14 American television season.

On May 27, 2014, CBS, which already cancelled the show after three episodes, removed it from the schedule. However, the remaining episodes later aired as part of a summer burn off in July 2014.


Meredith Davis is divorced from her husband, who leaves her with nothing due to a prenuptial agreement that she clearly did not read. She is forced to move in with her friend’s family, whose step-daughter Lily inspires her to come up with a plan – get hired as a teacher at Lily’s school, Richard Nixon Middle School, meet and marry a rich single father, and get back to the extravagant lifestyle to which she was accustomed. Using a fake résumé and her feminine charm, she gets Principal Carl Gaines to hire her. The faculty includes Joel, a former high school classmate who is now a gym teacher; Irene, a shy fellow teacher who becomes excited to have a new friend; and Ginny, faculty president who resents Meredith and is suspicious of her. Although a horrible teacher, Meredith imparts life lessons to Lily and her friends.

Main cast

  • Ari Graynor (The Sopranos, Fringe) as Meredith Davis: a former housewife determined to meet a rich divorcee so that she can resume her upper-class lifestyle. She poses as a middle school teacher in order to meet the single fathers of her students.
  • Sara Gilbert (Roseanne, ER, The Big Bang Theory) as Irene: a socially awkward teacher at Richard Nixon Middle who is eager to become friends with Meredith
  • Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls) as Joel Kotsky: the school’s gym teacher who knows Meredith from high school and is attracted to her, despite her obviously questionable motives
  • Sara Rodier as Lily: the step-daughter of one of Meredith’s friends and an unpopular student at the school.
  • Kristin Davis (Melrose Place, Sex and the City) as Ginny Taylor-Clapp: a self-serious and overzealous teacher who is immediately suspicious of Meredith.
  • David Alan Grier (Life with Bonnie) as Carl Gaines: the recently divorced principal of Richard Nixon Middle who takes an instant liking to Meredith.
  • Madison De La Garza (Desperate Housewives) as Kelsey: a student
  • Caitlin Kimball as Kim Superfine: a student teacher who works with Ginny
  • Brett Gelman (Go On, Eagleheart, Love) as Doug Pilaf: the school’s eccentric math teacher
  • Colin Hanks (The Good Guys, Dexter, Fargo) as Coach Donnie: the school’s other gym teacher.
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