1 9 9 7 (USA)
7 x 30 minute episodes
Katherine “Kit” Weaver (Bonnie McFarlane) is a teacher at the Woodridge Boarding School in Manhattan, a former all-girl establishment which has recently gone co-ed.
Kit is a young, street-smart and modern-thinking teacher who is regarded as “cool” by her students because she has a unique style – she doesn’t force work on her students and makes learning fun.
Her students – including cool guy Jared (Rashaan Nall), blonde school tramp Sara (Vanessa Lee Evigan, daughter of BJ and the Bear star, Greg), socially awkward Madison (Lisa Wilhoit), budding entrepreneur Chip (Corbin Allred) – who operates Woodridge’s black market in contraband – and Carla (Monica McSwain), who behaved and sounded uncannily like Tootie from Facts of Life but whose character is supposed to be smarter – respond very well to her methods.
The school is run by Frances Harmon (onetime Newhart star Julia Duffy), a conservative, strict headmistress who feels Kit’s methods totally contradict the policies she has established for the school – which she feels “should be a place of learning, not a place for fun and games”.
Frances has threatened to dismiss Kit if she doesn’t change her ways but also fears a revolt among the students if she actually carries out that threat.
The episodes depicted Kit’s efforts to continue teaching in her own way while trying to please Frances and not make the situation any worse than it already was.
Tony Danza lookalike Adam Ferrara played cheerful, wisecracking gym teacher Dan Rossini, who was best buddies with Kit.
The PG-rated series from UPN was peppered with words like “Bitch”, “Slut”, and “Skank”, which angered many critics.
Katherine “Kit” Weaver
Vanessa Lee Evigan