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Bad Teacher - S01E13


Staff and students are all focused on standardized test day when Meredith and Principal Carl’s attentions are diverted by the arrival of their ex-spouses, making them question whether they want second chances with their former loves.

Episode Title: What's Old Is New
Airs: 2014-07-26 at urday
  • Matt Roush

    Graynor is so obviously vulgar a man-eater that there's no charm to her bawdy smarm. The stereotypes surrounding her (David Alan Grier as the gullible soft-touch principal, Sara Gilbert as a desperately nerdy teacher and Kristin Davis as her prim nemesis) are little help.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Bad Teacher has its moments, with dialogue that's sometimes sharper than the situations. It isn't nearly funny enough, though, to make me want to spend another period--much less the rest of the school year--watching Graynor vamp her way through American history.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Unfortunately, it takes Bad Teacher less than 30 minutes to feel as exhausted and repetitive as Men does after 11 years.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Bad Teacher relies on a one-joke premise that's funny enough in the premiere but seems like it will wear poorly over time.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    Perhaps “Mediocre Teacher” would be a better title for this so-so comedy about trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor), who suddenly finds herself replaced by a shinier trophy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show has its funny moments, and the cast is pretty good, especially the younger actors.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    It’s decent material to mine for laughs in a two-hour movie, but it wears thin on a weekly basis despite solid performances by the rest of the cast.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bruce Miller

    It’s not about a “bad” teacher, just a slightly irreverent one.

    Sioux City Journal Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Bad Teacher is like a comedy club on a Sunday morning. No fun.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Adapted by Hilary Winston from the movie, the show quickly falls into a predictable pattern.... Still, taken on its own terms, the series is pretty amusing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    On the whole, Bad Teacher is a pleasant, unremarkable adaptation of a middling Cameron Diaz vehicle that, in the translation from standalone film to series television (and, specifically, to CBS), loses whatever teeth the movie had.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    As is so often the case, the premiere episode tries too hard and isn’t as funny as it could be. The writing loosens up later on, and has some charm.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    There’s warmth and some humor here. It’s also been tweaked so that, unlike the movie, it isn’t only for teens. But Bad Teacher has a tough test ahead.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Despite the structural problems, there are considerable delights in each one of these episodes. All of them contain a handful of belly laughs, and the dialogue is sharp and pointed even when it’s not riotously funny.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Karen Valby

    Meredith is a gold-digger, but when push comes to shove she chooses her students’ welfare over her ambition to become someone’s new wife. That is a pat resolution in a movie but not enough to sustain a series.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Diane Garrett

    Its kindly spirit and those performances [from Graynor, Hansen and Grier] help prevent Bad Teacher from falling into the increasingly raunchy trap of its network predecessor, “Two and a Half Men.”

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    All in all, it's a pleasant, sunny and well-played ephemeral farce; Gilbert, Grier, Hansen and Davis are all good to see again, and Graynor inhabits her character with verve and increasing grace.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Patrick Gomez

    The team behind Bad Teacher has successfully reconfigured the raunchy comedy into a heart warming sitcom starring Ari Graynor that is still bad in all the right ways. [28 Apr 2014]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    It’s bright, sharp, without a laugh track and with a very well assembled ensemble cast headed by Ari Graynor in the Diaz role of a gold-digging, dumped divorcee looking to land another big fish.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matt Brennan

    Leached of the original's tart sense of humor, the series quickly settles into lowest-common-denominator boilerplate, an unintended critique of the declining sitcom formula.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Bad Teacher is a comedy--barely--that reinforces an unfortunate message that teaching is a career wasteland.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    As expected, the transition from big screen to small doesn't exactly work. What this Bad Teacher really needed to do was outsmart the source material--make this version more clever, or sharper, or funnier, or (above all) make it for adults.

    Newsday Full Review