Dangerous Minds : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 30, 1996
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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: Based on a real person and on the movie of the same name, ex-Marine Louanne Johnson is an unconventional teacher who inspires her class of bright but "difficult" inner-city students, and makes a real difference in their lives, outside school as well as inside.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    May 27, 2014
    Dangerous Minds is the most appealing and meaningful new drama of the season. And, to borrow a word from the title, it's also the most dangerous. [30 Sept 1996, p.E-1]
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Rene Graham
    May 27, 2014
    The ABC drama starring Annie Potts is not only a vast improvement on the film, but also restores some of the integrity of Johnson's book. [30 Sept 1996, p.C10]
  3. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    May 27, 2014
    A captivating actress known for offbeat comic roles in "Designing Women," "Love & War" and "Texasville," Potts forcefully redefines the character of inspirational teacher Louanne Johnson in ABC's improved version of Dangerous Minds. [30 Sept 1996, p.39]
  4. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    May 27, 2014
    Some of the conflicts and characters in Dangeous Minds are diluted. Language, by necessity, is a lot less raw, camera work is unnecessarily gimmicky, and most conflicts are resolved more neatly...However, the TV version's writers (including Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider of "Northern Exposure") take as much care as did the movie to not resolve everything nicely or neatly. [30 Sept 1996, p.67]
  5. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 27, 2014
    Potts has some nice moments. Even an actress as able as she, though, ultimately buckles under the tonnage of this character's supremacy, and strong supporting work from Greg Serano, Tamala Jones and Vicellous Reon Shannon as the students she takes under her wing is not enough to shore her up. [30 Sept 1996, p.F10]
  6. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    May 27, 2014
    Its efforts at grainy, gritty realism (e.g. a quality visually tried for in occasional stop-go cuts) comes off more as MTV hip-hop style than storytelling with true inherent significance. [30 Sept 1996]
  7. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Elaine Liner
    May 27, 2014
    The whole enterprise dissolves too quickly into a '90s version of "White Shadow," with teacher Johnson as the angel of mercy sent to rescue her "at-risk" minority students from the forces of evil. [30 Sept 1996, p.34]

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