Schooled is an American sitcom that began as a spin-off to The Goldbergs and currently airs on ABC. The idea of starting a spin-off turned into a full-fledged concept which then made its debut as a backdoor pilot in a January 24, 2018 episode of the original show The Goldbergs titled “The Goldbergs: 1990-Something”.
Officially, the show first premiered on January 9, 2019, on ABC. Schooled takes the audiences to the early adulthood days of Lainey Lewis, who after having given up on her singing career, returns to her high school to teach music to unenthusiastic 80s kids.
Schooled Season 2 Episode 11 Release Date
Schooled Season 2 premiered on September 25, 2019. After airing for 10 episodes, the show went on a mid season break on December 11, 2019. The good news is that fans won’t have to wait for long for the show to come back. Schooled Season 2 episode 11 will release on January 15, 2020.
Owing to the huge success of the show, ABC announced on December 3, 2019, that it was adding another nine episodes to the second season, bringing up the total count of season 2 to 22 episodes. You can watch the already released episodes on ABC..
Schooled Cast: Who’s in it?
Reports of developing a spin-off for The Goldbergs first surfaced at the end of 2016. Bryan Callen was cast in the role of Coach Rick Mellor who believes in students rising to their full potential by challenging themselves and Brett Dier plays Charlie “C.B.” Brown. AJ Michalka plays the central character, Lainey Lewis.
In early 2017, Wendi McClendon-Covey’s character also joined Mellor in the script in a limited capacity of a guest. The script was officially ordered to premiere on February 2, 2017. Nia Long’s casting in the role of the female lead followed, and Tim Meadows stepped into his recurring role from The Goldbergs as Andre Glascott. He plays the Principal at William Penn Academy. Jay Chandrasekhar signed on as the director.
We also see some cameos from real-life counterparts. Matt Ryan and Coach Rick Mellor appear at the end of “Be Like Mike” and Charlie “C.B.” Brown appears at the end of “Lainey’s All That.” Liz Flemming, Brett Dier, Alex Piper, and John Glascott are the other cast members who are featured on the show.
All the main cast members return to reprise their roles in season 2.
Schooled Plot: What is it about?
As the series begins, Lainey Lewis is seen teaching music at William Penn Academy. She realizes it’s not easy being on the other side of the teacher’s desk. The show establishes that despite the craziness going on in the personal lives of the faculty of William Penn Academy, they serve their students in heroic manners. Lainey is tested when Principal Glascott’s niece clashes with her, but Lainey comes up with a way to inspire her. She faces several other obstacles along her way but finds ingenious methods to be rid of them.
The series highlights that inspiration does not follow a predefined route. We see Coach Mellor, another faculty of William Penn Academy, having trouble adapting to the modification in sports in the 90s as his star basketball player, Matt expresses a desire to be like Michael Jordan. Mellor and Matt play Horse so Mellor can help inspire Matt to try out for football, which leads to the beginning of his NFL career. Principal Glascott is seen getting wary that his niece might not end up in a reputed college and resort to bribery to get her to run for class president. When she begins to show interest, he makes sure that her opponent drops out of the race.
Season 2 of the show also revolves around Lainey Lewis and how she handles expectations and conflicts at her school.
Mark Firek, the co-creator of the show shared his love for the 90s in an interview when he said, “It’s a blast. I mean, it’s a treasure trove like any decade. I think I enjoy digging out the stuff from the ’90s more than I did the ’80s. I think music, we really hit a motherload of great songs, [it’s] an embarrassment of riches every week what song we’re going to slap in there. Movies-wise, we’ve got a lot of nods to movies. I don’t know if it’s because kids are younger, it’s more recent, but they seem to be striking a chord with viewers.”
Should You Watch Schooled?
The show is extremely comfortable in the same warm and familiar way that family shows aired during the 80s and the 90s were, but the audiences today also expect a decent story to go along with the familiar coziness. They expect to be hooked from the very beginning which is not as easy for “Schooled.” It falls among the family-friendly shows that can be enjoyed and watched together by everyone. The pilot episode did not receive much appreciation, and Lainey’s backstory is somewhat a blur.
The character of Lainey is two dimensional and has no layers to peel off whatsoever. The show does improve with every passing episode. It points out how underrated teachers today are and how they deserve a lot more pay and respect. That is in itself a great message but Schooled is likely to benefit from a solid storyline to keep the audiences engaged. After all, it does show a lot of potential for being improved immensely.
You can check out the season 2 promo trailer below:
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