The ABC sitcom has been rebooted, and the original star has been rehired.
The revival of a classic ABC sitcom by HBO Max has finally come to fruition. The reboot of Head of the Class, which has been in the works for a few years, will premiere on Netflix on November 4th. Fans of Head of the Class will not only meet a new group of pupils, but they will also recognize a familiar face. Robin Givens, who portrayed Darlene Merriman in the 1980s show, is returning her role, according to the streamer.
She is a mother to one of the pupils in this edition of the series. She’s also a “founding member of the Individualized Honors Program (IHP)” and a lawyer with a “ambitious” Stanford degree. The streamer went on to say, “She only wants the best for her son and is obsessed with preparing him for success. Darlene may need a reminder of the wonderful impact an out-of-the-box teacher can have, but as co-head of the Parents’ Association at Meadows Creek High, she is fighting for the good of all children.” HBO The following is Max’s official synopsis for the new Head of the Class: “Head of the Class is based on the sitcom of the same name and follows a group of overachieving high school students as they face their greatest challenge: a teacher, Alicia (One Day at a Time’s Isabella Gomez), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on living life. Darlene Merriman is played by Robin Givens as an adult Darlene Merriman in the series.” The original Head of the Class was a popular show in the 1980s. Between September 1986 and June 1991, it aired on ABC for five seasons. There were 114 episodes in total, plus a spinoff (Billy, starring Billy Connolly as Billy MacGregor). Howard Hesseman, Dan Frischman, Tony O’Dell, Kimberly Russell, Khrystyne Haje, Leslie Bega, Tannis Vallely, Jeannetta Arnette, and William G. Schilling appeared in the original series alongside Givens and Connolly. It also gave two prominent Hollywood executives early on-screen roles: Brian Robbins, the CEO of Paramount Pictures, and controversial producer Dan Schneider, who launched shows including The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, iCarly, and Victorious, among others.