ABC has rightfully renewed its latest comedy, Abbott Elementary, which means that joy gets to live on for yet another year. Seldom is a comedy as brilliant in its first season as Abbott Elementary is, following now renowned gems such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Good Place, and Ted Lasso. Though its mockumentary storytelling style aligns more closely with series like The Office and Parks and Recreation, its reputation caters to spreading more wholesome storylines in desperate times.
Abbott Elementary stands out not only for its brilliant cast featuring Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janelle James, and Chris Perfetti but because it presents viewers with the kind of teaching that celebrates the profession beautifully.
Thus far, every episode of the series is so astounding that the three-week-long hiatus we’re all subjected to feels like torture. It’s the type of charming TV show that’ll easily steal your heart even if you aren’t paying close attention. (Seriously, we dare you. Try having it on in the background, and you’ll be sitting in front of the TV in a matter of seconds.)
It’s innovative in how it curates the lessons within and it allows each of the characters moments to shine. ABC will, unfortunately, be losing one of its best comedies this year as Black-ish is currently in its final season, but Abbott Elementary’s renewal makes it more bearable. Network television has seen more losses than wins in the last year with senior comedies coming to an end and new ones resulting in cancellations instead, which is exactly why this news feels right. We couldn’t lose a show like this. We need it now more than over.
The announcement came to us as creatively as you’d expect from a series centered around an elementary school. In a formal letter fresh off of Principal Coleman’s desk, love, light, and all that stuff promised to us that this joy is only the beginning.
Abbott Elementary Season 1 is currently streaming on Hulu!