Home Television Exclusive: Netflix Considering “Head of the Class” Reboot Following “Fuller House”

I guess there’s nostalgia for bad shows from the late 80s. First Netflix rebooted “Full House” as the coming “Fuller House,” something as unnecessary as the return of acne.

Now I’m told Netflix is considering rebooting a show called “Head of the Class” that ran from 1986 to 1991. This was a show about a group of high school kids who were like Sweathogs– gifted this time. Howard Hesseman of “WKRP in Cincinnatti” fame was their teacher. The great Billy Connolly, Scottish actor and comedian who lives in the New York area, was also featured.

The most interesting teen actor on the show, Brian Robbins, became a huge TV producer in real life. “Smallville,” “One Tree Hill,” and “Keenan and Kel” are his notable and sizable hits, but he also has tons of credits for teen type series that I’ve never heard of. He’s also got a bunch of films in production. He may be involved in this reboot, I’m told.

“Head of the Class” also featured Robin Givens, who went on to notoriety as Mrs. Mike Tyson, and Khrystyne Haje, Rain Pryor (Richard’s daughter), and Michael DeLorenzo. There’s talk of bringing back all or some of these people in older roles of their former students.

Netflix is looking for a sweet spot, and I guess their target audience is now the grown up kids from that era. I just wish the shows had been smarter or more entertaining…or memorable. (I have zero memory of this show.) But good luck to all of them.

4 replies to this post
  1. I loved Head of the Class! One of my favorites! To me, it wasn’t just a sitcom. You said, “I just wish the shows had been smarter or more entertaining…or memorable.” Clearly you never watched the show. It was very “Smart”! And I don’t just mean the “gifted students”. The topics that they dealt with and how they dealt with them was very smart as well as entertaining. I only wish they would have had a program for gifted students when I was in high school! I have been waiting for a DVD release of this series!!!

  2. This show definitely stands out as a great example of 80s pop culture – clever, funny, warm, and cast with great actors who brought interesting and relatable characters to life. A reboot needs to happen!

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