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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 1, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Tony Danza returns to his first job, working as a first-year English teacher for sophomore students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    91
    This teacher can be loquacious--oh yeah--but he's got a big heart, too. Danza, Northeast and A&E deserve credit for this series.
  2. Danza's charges come alive in all their teenage complexity, and an actor best known as a doofus with a Brooklyn accent displays deep sensitivity while trying to navigate the intricacies of one really challenging job.
  3. By using a celebrity as a Trojan horse, Teach offers an engaging and intimate look at just how complicated and difficult teaching can be at a large, urban public high school.
  4. It's the students that make Teach a sometimes interesting show. They drive the story's forward momentum as much as Mr. Danza does and quickly emerge as his co-stars in a program that touches on teacher quality, student apathy and the plight of urban public schools.
  5. 70
    What makes Teach: Tony Danza worth watching are the teenagers themselves and the glimpses of other teachers who make the place work. Danza, meanwhile, becomes an irritating, whirling, self-aggrandizing bundle of nerves.
  6. While I, too, had and continue to have doubts about the experiment--or about any unscripted show that puts minors on camera--I found the first hour of Teach to be surprisingly responsible. Maybe even a little bit educational.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    What's left, then, is Danza playing (and there's really the operative word) at being a teacher, with the show employing the customary musical cues and editing tricks to try to generate suspense about whether he can actually teach the kids to appreciate "Of Mice and Men."

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  1. Sep 23, 2011
    10
    Enjoyable real life attempt by Tony Danza to use his many special talents to lift a public school into becoming a great school. I hope thisEnjoyable real life attempt by Tony Danza to use his many special talents to lift a public school into becoming a great school. I hope this series stays on the air because it's fun and has a great human interest twist to it. Expand