Bad Teacher

Bad Teacher Information

Bad Teacher is an American single-camera comedy series created by Hilary Winston, loosely based on the 2011 film of the same name. The series aired on CBS from April 24 to May 22, 2014, as part of the 2013-14 American television season.

On May 27, 2014, CBS, which already canceled the show after three episodes, removed it from the schedule. However, the remaining episodes later aired as part of a summer burn off in July 2014.


Meredith Davis is divorced from her husband, who leaves her with nothing due to a prenuptial agreement that she clearly did not read. She is forced to move in with her friend's family, whose step-daughter Lily inspires her to come up with a plan - get hired as a teacher at Lily's school, Richard Nixon Middle School, meet and marry a rich single father, and get back to the extravagant lifestyle to which she was accustomed. Using a fake rsum and her feminine charm, she gets Principal Carl Gaines to hire her. The faculty includes Joel, a former high school classmate who is now a gym teacher; Irene, a shy fellow teacher who becomes excited to have a new friend; and Ginny, faculty president who resents Meredith and is suspicious of her. Although a horrible teacher, Meredith imparts life lessons to Lily and her friends.



  • Ari Graynor as Meredith Davis: a former housewife determined to meet a rich divorcee so that she can resume her gold-digging ways. She poses as a middle school teacher in order to meet the single fathers of her students.
  • Sara Gilbert as Irene: a socially awkward teacher at Richard Nixon Middle who is eager to become friends with Meredith
  • Ryan Hansen as Joel Kotsky: the school's gym teacher who knows Meredith from high school and is attracted to her, despite her obviously questionable motives
  • Sara Rodier as Lily: the step-daughter of one of Meredith's friends and an unpopular student at the school
  • Kristin Davis as Ginny Taylor-Clapp: a self-serious and overzealous teacher who is immediately suspicious of Meredith
  • David Alan Grier as Carl Gaines: the recently divorced principal of Richard Nixon Middle who takes an instant liking to Meredith and is oblivious to her scheming


  • Caitlin Kimball as Kim Superfine: a student teacher who works with Ginny
  • Brett Gelman as Doug Pilaf: the school's eccentric math teacher
  • Colin Hanks as Coach Donnie: the school's other gym teacher.

Production and development

The show was first reported to be in development on October 5, 2012, and received a pilot order on January 23, 2013. Don Scardino became attached to direct the pilot on March 13, 2013.

On February 18, 2013, David Alan Grier was the first to join the cast in the role of Carl. On February 19, Ari Graynor was cast in the lead role of Meredith. On February 21, Ryan Hansen was cast as Joel. On March 6, Sara Gilbert was cast as Irene. On March 13, Kristin Davis was cast as Ginny. Sara Rodier was also cast in the role of Lily, though this casting news received no announcement. On March 19, 2013, Caitlin Kimball joined the cast in a recurring role, portraying Kim.

On May 13, 2013, it was reported that the series would not receive a fall 2013 commitment from CBS. The series was absent entirely from the CBS 2013-14 schedule announced on May 15, 2013, however a series pickup was announced a week later on May 22.

The series premiered at 9:31PM on April 24, 2014. At its 2014-15 upfront presentation on May 10, CBS announced that the series had been canceled after airing only three episodes. After the fifth episode aired on May 22, the planned broadcasts of the sixth and seventh episodes were pulled from the schedule - being replaced with reruns of The Millers that had been previously scheduled to air at 8:31PM.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
ShortSummary = Meredith, a former trophy wife, poses as a teacher at an upscale school in hope of meeting the students' wealthy, single fathers; a faculty member becomes suspicious. Viewers = 7.80 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith takes a liking to a wealthy father of one of her students, who will not let her date him. Viewers = 6.47 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith is tasked to help Ginny during teacher-evaluation day. Meanwhile, Meredith is accused of exploiting a friendship. Viewers = 5.73 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = After Meredith meets a cute guy, Shawn, in a coffee shop, then learns he drives a Lamborghini and works for a successful tech company, she arranges a class trip to go see him again. Meanwhile, Ginny develops a crush on the handsome school janitor. Viewers = 5.48 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = After having sex in a school closet, Joel professes his feelings to Meredith, who claims they are just colleagues who sleep together at work. However, they are put together as chaperones for the Sixth-Grade Lock-In. Viewers = 4.34 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith and Ginny must complete the student yearbook within 24 hours. Ginny's recent break-up slows preparation and Meredith has to mend the broken hearted. Viewers = 1.52 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith looks for her second husband in Carl's support group. Viewers = 1.40 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith asks Irene for help when a famous vegan chef visits during Health Week. Also, Carl prepares for the 50-yard dash. Viewers = 1.54 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith tries to fix the student science fair after placing a wager in the teacher's betting pool. Viewers = 1.48 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = After finding money in the school parking lot, Meredith uses it to pay for a ski trip, but she soon discovers it was lost by Ginny and intended for a student trip. Elsewhere, divorced Carl goes bar-hopping. Viewers = 1.46 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith and Carl are at odds when she refuses to apologize for offending the parents of the school's best student. Meanwhile, Joel puts a scratch on Ginny's car. Viewers = 1.35 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = Meredith's plans to celebrate her birthday at her favorite party venue fail. Viewers = 1.47 LineColor = EDCB62 }}

ShortSummary = The school's standardized tests begin, but Meredith and Carl get distracted when their ex-spouses (Steven Weber, Niecy Nash) arrive. Viewers = 1.51 LineColor = EDCB62 }}


Critical response

The series holds a rating of 51/100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average" reviews, based on the reviews of 22 critics. On another review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes, it was given a score of 58% with an average rating of 5.2 out of 10, based on 24 reviews. Ben Travers of Indiewire gave the pilot a D. Mitch Salem of gave the verdict of "Change the Channel". Verne Gay of Newsday also gave the show a D.

U.S. ratings

No. Episode Original air date Timeslot (EST) Viewers
(Adults 18-49)
1 "Pilot" Thursday 9:31 pm 7.80 2.1/6
2 "Daddy Issues 6.47 1.4/4
3 "Evaluation Day" 5.73 1.3/4
4 "Fieldtrippers" 5.48 1.4/4
5 "The 6th Grade Lock-In" 4.34 1.1/4
6 "Yearbook" Saturday 8:00 pm 1.52 0.3/1
7 "Divorced Dudes" Saturday 8:30 pm 1.40 0.3/1
8 "Nix the Fat Week" Saturday 8:00 pm 1.54 0.3/1
9 "Life Science" Saturday 8:30 pm 1.48 0.3/1
10 "Found Money" Saturday 8:00 pm 1.46 0.3/1
11 "A Little Respect" Saturday 8:30 pm 1.35 0.3/1
12 "The Bottle" Saturday 8:00 pm 1.47 0.3/1
13 "What's Old Is New" Saturday 8:30 pm 1.51 0.3/1

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