TV Show Review: A.P. Bio (2018-)

Quote from A.P. Bio by Jack Griffin

“So I’m not gonna teach you anything in here, okay?  If you keep your mouth shut, you get an A.  If you say anything to anybody, you get an F.  Welcome to AP Bio.”


Creator: Michael Patrick O’Brien

Executive Producers: Glenn Howerton, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Michael Shoemaker, Donick Cary, Shelly Gossman, Andrew Singer, Barbara Stoll, Emily Cutler, Luvh Rakhe, and Franco Barrio

Directors: Osmany Rodriguez, Andrew DeYoung, Carrie Brownstein, Maggie Carey, Lynn Shelton, Trent O’Donnell, John Solomon, Payman Benz, Daniel Gray Longino, Julie Anne Robinson, Tristram Shapeero, Jennifer Arnold, Richie Keen, Blake McClure, and Michael Patrick O’Brien

Writers: Britt Matt, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Charlie McCrakin, Zeke Nicholson, Jeff Vanderkruik, Brendan Jennings, Nicole Sun, John Blickstead, Donick Cary, Shelly Gossman, Rob Klein, Trey Kollmer, Emily Cutler, Brian Ashburn, Aseem Batra, Luvh Rakhe, Amy Hubbs, Dan Klein, Paula Pell, and John Solomon

Major Cast: Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin, Nick Peine as Marcus Kasperak, Jacob Houston as Victor Kozlowski, Jean Villapique as Michelle Jones, Allisyn Ashley Arm as Heather, Eddie Leavy as Anthony Lewis, Aparna Brielle as Sarika Sarkar, Patton Oswalt as Ralph Durbin, Lyric Lewis as Stef Duncan, Sari Arambulo as Grace, Mary Sohn as Mary Wagner, Spence Moore II as Dan Decker, Marisa Baram as Marissa, Paula Pell as Helen Henry DeMarcus, Jacob McCarthy as Devin, Tucker Albrizzi as Colin McConnell, Miguel Chavez as Eduardo, and Jacob Timothy Manown as Caleg

TV Rating: TV-13

Running Time: 21 minutes per episode


This show from what I hear is a watered down version of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  I wouldn’t rate this show one of the best I’ve seen, but it had enough plot and humor.  The plot of A.P. Bio on NBC is simple where Jack Griffin’s ultimate goal is to get out of Ohio.  His high level of narcissism and disinterest in teaching is obvious to the students, but despite his terrible dress, he does have a few redeeming qualities. Over the course of the semester or year as I’m not sure about the span of time, Jack forces his students to help him get revenge on the man who took his job and others who have wronged him in the past.  He teaches his students the harsh realities and hard knocks of life or so he justifies it this way.  The first season Jack is more disgruntled and set on revenge.  The second season he’s figuring out how to use this small Midwestern city for his benefit.  Trouble still follows him around the hallways and yet he sometimes gets to save the day.  My favorite episode so far is when the faculty and staff try to save their funding.  Let’s say this isn’t a show I’m dying to watch when the new season premieres, but I’ll likely watch the third season in 2020.

I rate A.P. Bio GOOD with Three Fingers at 80%.




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