A.P. Bio: Season 1 – Review

A.P. Bio premieres February 1st, 9:30pm on NBC, and returns on March 1st.

By Jack Faivish

A.P. Bio is a comedy with a great lead character but not much of anything else. With Jack Griffin, the out-of-control, manipulative, and unhinged professor hired as a high school teacher, the creators of this comedy have really formed a must-watch personality. Played by Glenn Howerton, Griffin is a blast to watch as he assures his nerdy biology students that they will not do any work during his class.

Outside of a fantastic protagonist though, A.P. is severely lacking. With no real overarching storylines, the show is forced to run with boring and different plots each episode. The only running thread of the show is that Griffin forces his students to try to get back at his “arch-enemy” Miles, using different schemes. First they try to catfish him, then make disparaging photoshops. These scenes of the sitcom are the worst, as viewers have no real interest in a lazy feud which is only brought up for about three minutes an episode.

Ironically, the show executive produced by Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers of Saturday Night Live would be much better suited as a recurring sketch on a variety show. There’s not enough here to keep viewers interested for 21 minute episodes. Giving Howerton a chance to shine for a couple of minutes at a time would be the best use of the Griffin character.

Unfortunately this show is nothing but a showcase for Howerton’s immense talent. I guess leaving It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia wasn’t the greatest choice.

I give A.P. Bio a C.

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One thought on “A.P. Bio: Season 1 – Review

  1. I think you may be wrong about people liking this show and it’s staying power. Hopefully it will have the chance to blossom because it is fairly witty and the fast pace and what I see as a guy who didn’t care about his students warming up to them even more then a teacher who would come in trying to help. The bullied kid most likely wouldn’t have opened up to any other teacher but because this guy comes off as a loser the kid feels he can trust his opinion. I see lots of possibilities and laughs to come.

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