In just one season, Abbott Elementary has become one of the most universally beloved sitcoms in recent memory. The show has people of all ages tuned in, laughing and talking all about it. Fans of comedies like The Office and Parks and Recreation will find similarities between those them and Abbott, since they’re all mockumentary-style workplace comedies. But judging by Season 1, the Quinta Brunson-created series is already in a lane of its own. Brunson started her comedy career on social media, did a stint as a video personality at Buzzfeed, and now stars on the hit ABC show as a passionate second-grade teacher, Janine Teagues.
Janine and the rest of her coworkers at Abbott Elementary are devoted to providing the students at the underfunded Philadelphia public school with the best education possible. While Brunson excels in her performance, the rest of the cast has also helped make the workplace comedy the success it is. The show counts on incredible performances from Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Janelle James as Principal Ava Coleman, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard. They all deliver one-liners in every episode that are funny as hell, and each cast member manages to provide scene-stealing performances throughout the season.
The show’s writing and humor are unique, fresh, and current. It’s also clear they don’t rely on recycled Twitter-inspired jokes like other shows do, which Brunson said is what makes her show special. Now that the season finale has aired, we revisited Abbott’s first season and carefully selected the best and funniest scenes from each one of the 13 episodes, including commentary from a real-life teacher who has taught in New York City for 16 years. It might be a bit too soon to get nostalgic about a show that just wrapped its first season, but these hilarious scenes will hold you over until Season 2, which ABC announced will be returning for the 2022-2023 school year.