TV Land continues to up its comedy game with “Teachers,” a show that launched as a web series from the minds of The Katydids, a Chicago-based improv troupe made up entirely of women whose first names are derivations of Katherine — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas.
Following in the footsteps of underrated hits “Younger” and “Impastor,” “Teachers” offers up a hilarious look at the lives of six teachers who all work at an elementary school — but don’t let the setting fool you. It is not a G-rated comedy by any stretch of the imagination.
“We have a very specific comedic voice that can be a little dark, a little edgy, and [TV Land has] given us full creative control. So it’s a dream situation,” Colloton tells the 2016 TCA winter press tour.
Barlow, who actually worked as a fourth grade teacher for five years in the Chicago public school system, adds that while the show may seem a little outrageous, a lot of it is based on their real-life experiences.
“It was a lot of fun to take my experience teaching and conversations that would happen in the teachers’ lounge and on the playground and bring that into the writers’ room, so a lot of that is based off of actual teaching experience,” says Barlow. “And I know everyone went in and did observations in classrooms to kind get the feel of how it is.”
The women on the show each got into teaching for a different reason, from wanting to spread their message of faith to pushing their liberal agenda to simply falling into it by accident, which provides for a wide variety of motivations behind each teacher. But Colloton assures viewers that all the women really do “want to be good at their job.”
“We feel like all the teachers want to be good at their job. They want to be doing this. They just have flaws and insecurities that prevent them from doing it to the best of their abilities,” says Colloton. “Ms. Snap is really superficial and self involved, so she might not be the best role model for a young woman.”
“Teachers” premieres Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.