Abbott Elementary talks about a broken educational system with humorous moments

Abbott Elementary is a sitcom on ABC that focuses on the in-depth perspective of public school teachers that are dedicated to helping their students succeed in elementary school.

The show mixes the various emotions of people in an underserved public school with joyful wisdom. It tackles a variety of topics and handles it with a great comedic value.

The show keeps it lighthearted with the use of mockumentary style which has been well known by NBC’s hit TV shows such as  “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”

One of the main characters to highlight in the series is Janine Teagues played by Quinta Brunson. Her character is a very optimistic individual that attempts to give it her all to help students at Abbott elementary. Janine embodies the positivity that some public school teachers attempt to have when teaching at underfunded schools.

There was a moment in this series that went over issues such as understaffing in the education system and the questionable ability of some people to teach children in the classroom. It had a janitor played by William Stanford Davis teaching about conspiracy theories such as the illuminati. This is a perfect demonstration of how the show has great laughable moments that connect to the reality of the broken education system. 

Another character that had great moments on the show was Melissa Schemmenti, played by Lisa Ann Walter. Walter’s character is a second grade  teacher that has a questionable background with criminal connections. These moments bring laughter in the series as the show keeps viewers wondering about what her backstory is throughout the show.

Barbara Howard, played by Sheryl Lee Ralph is an impactful character throughout the series as she becomes a mentor that people look up to because of her work ethic. The show also demonstrates her witty side during certain moments of the show, giving her character some complexity. 

Janine is thrilled when Ava asks to help her teach the after-school step class, but the two don’t see eye to eye on how to run the program. Photo courtesy of ABC/Scott Everett White.


It is safe to say that Abbott Elementary is a heartfelt series that shows the value of public school teachers and their  everyday struggles in the education system. The series also connects viewers with humorous moments that  show the positivity and optimism of these teachers wanting their students to succeed in life. People can watch the whole series on HULU or on the ABC network on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. 

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