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Review: ‘A.P. Bio’ Is Not Advanced in Timing or Taste


Glenn Howerton stars as a sour highschool instructor in “A.P. Bio.”

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There’s by no means been a worse time for a display about an abusive guy coercing youngsters into bitter sexual discourse and insisting they maintain his nerve-racking conduct a secret. And but Thursday night time brings the arriving of NBC’s “A.P. Bio,” an abrasive sitcom that isn’t simply unfunny, it’s additionally deeply ugly.

Created via the “Saturday Night Live” alum Mike O’Brien, with Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels amongst its government manufacturers, the display debuts in a “special preview” this week earlier than disappearing from the time table till after the Winter Olympics. The first 3 episodes might be to be had on-line till then, and given how NBC generally operates, one expects promos for the display to be in heavy rotation right through the Games.

And in promo-sized bites, one of the caustic cynicism of “A.P. Bio” may appear refreshing in distinction to extra healthy community comedies. In episode shape, even though, it’s tiring; in the 4 installments made to be had for evaluation, the scattershot distress is paradoxically adolescent. Worse, the display doesn’t appear conscious about its fixation on skeezy sexual misconduct — by no means an amazing neatly for humor, however even much less so these days.

Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) stars as Jack, a Harvard philosophy professor who slinks again to Toledo, Ohio, in shame after being denied tenure. He takes a task instructing complicated placement biology at a highschool, even though he refuses to in fact educate the rest. He declares this at the first day, and proclaims that he and his fees will spend their elegance time growing doable revenge methods towards his nemesis. He wears scuzzy sweatpants. He is imply. He says if the scholars inform someone about what he’s doing, he’ll give them an F.

“A.P. Bio” isn't so in contrast to “Bad Teacher” (the movie or the short-lived tv adaptation), or another terrible-person-is-inappropriately-bad-at-job display or film, except for that it lacks one of the creativeness. There are such a lot of flavors of terrible in the sector — “A.P. Bio” for some explanation why decided on “constant inappropriate sexual behavior.”

“Who will Jack bang?” our hero writes at the board, searching for suggestions. At one level he asks his scholars to put in writing suggestive messages to his rival in a plot to trick him. This effects in a teenage lady studying out loud to her instructor and sophistication “ … gonna lick you up and down; drip, slurp, yum; give me that sweet, wet sugar mess.” In a poetry unit, certain. Go wild. But right here it’s simply creepy.

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