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Episodes American Broadcasting Company December 7, 2021 and April 12, 2022

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101 "Pilot"

Series Premiere

Randall Einhorn Quinta Brunson December 7, 2021 Passionate teachers -- and a slightly tone-deaf principal -- are determined to help their students succeed. 2.88
A documentary crew is recording the lives of teachers working in underfunded schools. One of the places they have decided to document is Philadelphia's Willard R. Abbott Elementary School. Conditions at the school are harsh and most teachers do not last more than two years. Second grade teacher Janine Teagues and history teacher Jacob Hill are two of three teachers in a group of twenty to make it past one year. They work with experienced kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard, second grade teacher Melissa Schemmenti, and school principal Ava Coleman. When a teacher is fired for kicking a student, she is replaced by substitute teacher Gregory Eddie. Gregory wants to become the school principal, a role Ava acquired by blackmailing the superintendent. The school sends a request for more money to purchase supplies, including rugs which Janine needs for her class. The request is granted but Ava wastes the money on a new sign. Janine files a complaint to the superintendent but the email is redirected to Ava, who disrespects Janine in front of the entire staff. Barbara, Jacob, and Melissa stand up for Janine. Later, a friend of Melissa's steals several rugs and gives them to the school, pleasing Janine.
102 "Light Bulb" Randall Einhorn Quinta Brunson January 4, 2022 Janine takes it upon herself to fix every problem when she notices a flicking light bulb in the hallway; Gregory asks Barbara for help talking to a parent, which leads him to spend his lunch period in an unexpected way. 3.45
Janine tries to fix the overhead lights at the school, but instead ends up knocking out the power to much of the school. Barbara helps Gregory stand up to a mother who repeatedly brings her son late to his class.
103 "Wishlist" Randall Einhorn Morgan Murphy January 11, 2022 The teachers to ask the local community for new school supplies; Janine encourages Gregory to decorate his classroom. 2.97
Ava helps Janine make a viral video to get supplies for her classroom wish list with much success. Janine asks Ava to secretly make a viral video for Barbara, who also needs supplies but refuses any help. Ava agrees to do this, but Ava's exaggerations of Barbara's story creates an uncomfortable situation when Barbara finds out what has been done.
104 "New Tech" Randall Einhorn Brian Rubenstein January 18, 2022 When a new computer program is introduced at Abbott, Janine is excited to finally help Barbara with something; Barbara is reluctant to accept change and finds herself in a tricky situation; Melissa surprises Jacob. 3.02
A new computer program is unveiled at Abbott for teachers to use to help students with their reading. Barbara has the most difficulty figuring out how to use it, and unwittingly enters information into the program that leads Ava to think that her kindergartners are now able to read at an advanced level.
105 "Student Transfer" Randall Einhorn Brittani Nichols January 25, 2022 After a negative teacher review, Janine gets a confidence boost when a student gets transferred from Melissa's class into hers; Jacob tries to forge a friendship with an uninterested Gregory. 3.06
Janine struggles when a disruptive student from Melissa's class is transferred to hers. Jacob is having difficulty with some of his students who are "roasting" him.
106 "Gifted Program" Matt Sohn Jordan Temple February 1, 2022 Janine convinces Ava to start a gifted program at Abbott led by Jacob; Barbara pushes a hesitant Melissa to start dating again. 2.77
After seeing a smart boy transferring to Abbott, Janine gets the idea to start a "gifted program" at their school. Ava agrees and Jacob is elected to teach the class. However, many of the other students not in the gifted program start to feel left out. Barbara pushes Melissa into going out with the vending machine owner, who resupplies snacks in the teacher breakroom, when he seems to have an interest in her.
107 "Art Teacher" Jennifer Celotta Kate Peterman February 8, 2022 Janine is thrilled when her best friend from college is hired as the art teacher; Jacob and Barbara decide to start a school garden. 2.61
Janine's college friend Sahar is hired as the school's new volunteer art teacher, but Sahar and Melissa butt heads over the latter's Peter Rabbit project, causing Janine to play mediator between the two. Disappointed in the lack of vegetables in the school lunches, Jacob convinces Barbara that they should start a school garden despite having little experience doing so. Experienced in landscaping, a frustrated Gregory secretly tends to their garden to make sure it can thrive.
108 "Work Family" Jay Karas Justin Tan February 15, 2022 After Jacob reveals a detail about his personal life, Janine realizes she doesn't know the other teachers as well as she thought; Gregory's stern teaching approach is causing his whole class to underperform. 2.31
Upset that Jacob thinks of her as just a "work friend", Janine tries to build better relationships with her co-workers. Barbara and Melissa help Gregory with his teaching methods after his class is found to be underperforming. Janine enlists Tariq to perform at an anti-drug program at her school. Gregory receives a phone call from his Dad, who advises Gregory that he should move on from his substitute teaching at Abbott.
109 "Step Class" Shahrzad Davani Joya McCrory February 22, 2022 Ava asks Janine to help her teach the after-school step class, but they don't agree on how to run the program; Gregory must reveal a secret when Barbara, Melissa and Jacob plan a pizza "eat-off." 3.06
Ava takes over Janine's after-school step class, as the girls prefer Ava's teaching style over Janine. Ava teaches them a fun routine, but then is not there when they are scheduled to perform it for the school. However, Janine finds her, and the routine goes forward. Gregory feels alienated by the other staff members when it is revealed he does not like pizza.
110 "Open House" Jennifer Celotta Brian Rubenstein March 22, 2022 Janine prepares to meet her struggling student's mother during open house, while the rest of the faculty uses the time to relax; Gregory is taken aback when he learns how Ava got the principal job; Barbara's daughter's visit creates a commotion. 2.64
Barbara's daughter Taylor visits during the school's open house event, leaving Janine feeling envious and vulnerable about her relationship with her own mother. Gregory unravels when he finds out why he lost the principal job. Jacob, Melissa, and Mr. Johnson play poker. It is revealed at the end of the episode that Ava no longer has a hold on the superintendent, who has left his wife and married his mistress.
111 "Desking" Melissa Kosar Morgan Murphy March 29, 2022 When the students start participating in a new online trend that causes disruption to the school, the teachers band together to put an end to it; Mr. Johnson provides comforting life advice to Gregory; the teachers finally meet Jacob's boyfriend. 2.54
The teachers try to put a stop to a new online trend where the students jump from desk-to-desk in their classrooms. Jacob introduces his boyfriend to the squad, and Gregory gets some advice from Mr. Johnson.
112 "Ava vs. Superintendent" Matthew A. Cherry Brittani Nichols April 5, 2022 With the school board threatening to pull their funds, Janine and Gregory decide to help Ava out with her presentation; their plan is derailed when a curveball is thrown at Ava; Barbara offends Melissa when she doesn't agree with her blackmail idea.
With Ava's job and the school's funding in jeopardy, Janine and Gregory team up to help Ava with an important upcoming presentation to the school board.
113 "Zoo Balloon"

Season Finale

Randall Einhorn Jordan Temple April 12, 2022 While on Abbott's annual zoo field trip, Tariq reveals that he has been offered a job in New York; Janine struggles with a big choice; Barbara starts questioning her future after finding out her favorite tuatara has been retired because of old age.
Abbott Elementary takes their annual school trip to the zoo. Janine is left reeling when Tariq announces he's moving to New York for a job. Barbara also ponders about her future when her favorite zoo animal retires due to old age.