Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lizzy Caplan are names that you probably recognise nowadays. The latter perhaps not so much because you all know her as Janice from Mean Girls and less for things she is doing today (appearing alongside Martin Sheen in Masters of Sex.) Jesse Tyler Ferguson is better known today as one of half of the best couple on television; Mitchell and Cam from Modern Family. I talk about these two because they are now possibly the better known characters from short lived comedy series The Class and I say, let’s bring it back right now!
The Class revolved around the 20 year primary school reunion of several class mates. The idea was for Kirk to propose to his girlfriend who he first met in that class. Unfortunately, the party goes a bit pear-shaped and his girlfriend dumps him. Humiliated by the turn of events, the class mates rally round him and soon begin to reconnect with each other years after they first met. Will some of them fall in love with one another? Will they find they hate those who used to be best friends? Follow The Class and some amazing characters through some comedy hijinks.
That last line made it sound a little pants and certainly The Class garnered loads of mixed reviews from critics and audiences, so much so that it only lasted one season. Yes, it didn’t really offer anything new in terms of American sitcoms. Coming out in 2006, it had to compete with the popular How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory, both of which have seen long term success (though the How I Met Your Mother ending, not so much.) The Class relied on the likability and humanistic portrayal of their characters as they were doing nothing to upheave the formulaic set up.
The thing about The Class is it was heart-warming comedy, there were incredible jokes as the cast paired off with one another and reunited as friends again. There was love and there was resentment as well as some spot on observational characters. Though a lot of controversy for white washing the cast was bounced around, it would be good to see it come back with some more varied characters. It is possible to do it, maybe even start again with the same ridiculous humour and likability that made it so good. Definitely one of the more endearing comedies of the 21st century, The Class is a compelling watch and needs to come back to our screens with its bubbliness and wonderful characters.
What Do You Think?
Would you like The Class to return?
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