|Created by||Andrew Scheinman|
|Directed by||Linda Day|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (3 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Topper Carew|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Giggling Goose Productions|
Castle Rock Entertainment
|Original release||September 16 –|
December 17, 1989
Homeroom is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 16, 1989 to December 17, 1989. The series stars stand-up comedian Darryl Sivad as a fourth grade teacher at an inner-city school. ABC executives created the show as a vehicle for Sivad after seeing his routine on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
The series follows Darryl Harper (Sivad), a highly paid advertising copywriter who decides to quit his job to teach underprivileged kids at P.S. 391, an inner city school in New York City. Darryl's wife Virginia (Penny Johnson) supports his choice but Virginia's father, Phil Drexler (Bill Cobbs) does not. Phil frequently voices his disapproval to Darryl which he feels is his right as Darryl and Virginia live rent-free in the brownstone Phil owns and also lives in.
- Darryl Sivad as Darryl Harper
- Penny Johnson as Virginia "Vicki" Harper
- Bill Cobbs as Phil Drexler
- Claude Brooks as Anthony Harper
- Trent Cameron as Sam
- Jahary Bennett as Devon
- Billy Dee Willis as Donald
- Daphne Lyn Jones as Lisa
Reception and cancellation
Homeroom premiered on ABC on September 16, 1989 to mixed reviews. The series was scheduled on Sunday nights opposite CBS's hit series Murder, She Wrote and NBC's My Two Dads. As a result, Homeroom struggled in the ratings and faced cancellation. In an effort to save the series, the cast and producers asked viewers to start a letter writing campaign. Executive producer Topper Carew went on a cross-country promotional tour to schools where he showed the series to students and teachers and held a Q&A session afterwards. Carew also mailed letters and contacted African-American organizations and activists asking them to watch the show and to talk about it. Despite the cast and producers' efforts, ABC canceled the series in December 1989. Three of the thirteen episodes produced were never aired.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Art Wolff||Marc Cherry||September 16, 1989|
|The kids cheat at a big math test.|
|2||"The Lookin' for West Coast Travelin' 'Long the Missouri River Blues"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry,|
Roger S. H. Schulman,
|September 24, 1989|
|Donald takes piano lessons. Anthony gets dumped by his girlfriend.|
|3||"Food for Thought"||TBA||Marc Cherry||October 1, 1989|
|The manager for the cafeteria gets tired of Donald's misbehavior.|
|4||"It's Not Easy Bein' Green"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||October 8, 1989|
|A tree is left in Devon's care, but the tree dies because of lack of water. Virginia tries to help Phil with his high blood pressure.|
|5||"Dirty Laundry"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||October 22, 1989|
|Lisa and Devon run for class president.|
|6||"Who Is Captain Fitness?"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||November 5, 1989|
|Sam's hero, Captain Fitness, dies during a classroom workout.|
|7||"Dinner at Fiveish"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||November 19, 1989|
|Phil goes out with a colleague of Darryl.|
|8||"The Commercial Break"||TBA||Marc Cherry||December 3, 1989|
|Anthony directs his first commercial. The kids find out that Darryl was once a practical joker.|
|9||"Mr. Drexler's Neighborhood"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||December 10, 1989|
|Phil tries to teach the kids in Darryl's class about the streets in the neighborhood.|
|10||"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Sister"||Arlando Smith||Marc Cherry||December 17, 1989|
|Darryl lets Lisa direct a school play based on her contest-winning script.|
|11||"Who'll Be My Role Model Now That My Role Model Is Gone"||Tony Singletary||Marc Cherry||Unaired|
|12||"The Visitor"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||Unaired|
|13||"The Mom Who Came to Dinner"||Linda Day||Marc Cherry||Unaired|
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