A.P. Bio is a new fast-paced comedy series that follows failed Harvard professor Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) back to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio to teach A.P. Biology at the local high school. Griffin brings his emotional baggage to the classroom and refuses to actually teach, much to the despair of the otherwise high-achieving advanced placement students. Bitter and resentful, Griffin takes advantage of weak-willed Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt), a slew of fellow teachers, and a classroom of young overachievers to exact revenge upon his Ivy League rival who replaced him.
Glenn Howerton delivers a performance that mixes the comedy skills we know he is capable of, with a decisiveness of a man who’s life might not be going in the direction he wanted it to. His personality mixes well with Patton Oswalt, who plays Principal Durbin, a man who also might not have much control as he once did. Each teacher and student also delivers a unique personality to the series, keeping the audience on their toes and highlighting the potential for each character to have their own hilarious adventures.
The Pilot opens to a typical high school classroom, that is very quickly enthralled by a commotion outside caused by none other than Jack Griffin. What then transpires is an opening monologue in which you are left with more questions than answers about Professor Griffin. But it does prove that he is excellent with a piece of chalk and that the chalkboard will be a key visual aiding in the show, as well as providing a spot for humor to arise. Without giving too much away, we see how Jack Griffin begins to adjust to teaching a class that he is neither qualified nor interested in teaching.
I for one am quite excited about A.P. Bio and have high hopes for the season. Mike O’Brien, an SNL cast member, is all the main creator of the show. It is being executive produced by Seth Meyers, who clearly has the skills and has been doing a terrific job of covering politics in a delightful fact checking way with A Closer Look on Late Night with Seth Meyers. But his views mixed with an all-star writing team and a cast that includes newcomers and veterans alike, the results might just be an A for A.P. Bio for the season, and surely an A+ for the Pilot.