TV Review - A.P. Bio
Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) stars as Jack Griffin, a disgraced, Harvard philosophy professor who has to live in his late mother's house in Toledo, Ohio, and take a job teaching biology in Whitlock High School. He doesn't care about his job or the students, but because the principal lets Jack not do his job and the students are mostly compliant, Jack's focus is concocting ways to destroy Miles Leonard, played by Tom Bennett, who I think is in Los Angeles, so the rivalry is meant to be ridiculous and ultimately ineffectual, so I don't understand why creator Michael Patrick O'Brien (Saturday Night Live) even bothers with it, even beyond the pilot episode.
I suppose that the show can focus on the students or the other teachers, but unlike a series such as Glee, the other characters here aren't really made all that interesting or distinct. Granted, the series has only had five episodes, but by the fifth episode, Glee had already well-established all of its characters and was involving them in strong storylines that made us strongly care and invest in them. Aside from some minor bullying stuff, there hasn't been a strong hook here for the student-characters.
Running Time: 30 mins.
Thursdays at 8:30 PM on NBC.