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Sweet baby Jesus and the grown one too! ABC’s freshman comedy Abbott Elementary went toe-to-toe with TV veterans at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards and left with three much-deserved atom-wielding golden statues that etched it into the history books.
Internet prodigy-turned-bonafide TV star Quinta Brunson became the second Black woman to win the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for a pilot episode full of teacher trauma bonding and a hilarious fight for school supplies at Philadelphia’s Willard R. Abbott Elementary School. Sheryl Lee Ralph took home a long overdue Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as stern and seasoned teacher Barbara Howard after 44 years of doing it all on TV. The show as a whole was bestowed the honor of Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series because that’s what happens when you fill a school with a crime-adjacent teacher with a heart of gold, a principal more adept at TikTok marketing than running a school, and a bevy of children that can (and will) say anything that comes to their minds.
Created by Brunson, the show is shot as a documentary on the lives of teachers and follows perpetually optimistic teacher Janine Teagues (Brunson) as she tries navigating the bureaucratic landmines to give her predominantly Black student body a decent education. Billed as a comedy, Abbott Elementary is a good-spirited look into a rather grim reality for teachers where everything that can go wrong typically does. The teachers must staple President Barack Obama into outdated history textbooks that haven’t been updated since the Bush administration. Unqualified principal Ava Coleman (Janelle James) treats a program for gifted students as a vanity project for her to be seen as “Charles Xavier with legs with hundreds of smart kids I didn’t give birth to.” And after every episode, they find ways to make their broken school feel like a home that millions of viewers eagerly return to every week.
While Abbott Elementary didn’t win Outstanding Comedy Series thanks to the comedic goliath Jason Sudeikis has built with Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, the 13-episode first season is one of those laugh-a-minute binges you’ll need to frequently pause to catch your breath. With its highly anticipated Season 2 premiering September 21, there’s no better time to take a trip down the chaotic halls of Abbott Elementary.
How can I watch Abbott Elementary on Hulu?
Brunson’s first foray into television was a four-year labor of love that eventually ended up on ABC. But, its home to many during its first season has been Hulu. Abbott Elementary‘s viewership primarily came from delayed viewing, including a 200% increase in the ratings for its season finale seven days after it aired on TV. To catch up on the award-winning first season, you’ll need any one of the tiers of Hulu subscriptions. In the future, you’ll be able to watch every new episode of Season 2 the day after it airs on ABC.
How can I watch Abbott Elementary on HBO Max?
In a rare twist, Hulu has been sharing co-streaming rights of the show with HBO Max since August 20. So as long as you have an HBO Max subscription, you’ll be able to binge the entire first season of Brunson’s comedic take on the dire state of education in America. But, unfortunately, HBO Max won’t have future episodes streaming on its platform until after the entire season has aired on ABC.
Keith Nelson is a writer by fate and journalist by passion, who has connected dots to form the bigger picture for Men’s Health, Vibe Magazine, LEVEL MAG, REVOLT TV, Complex, Grammys.com, Red Bull, Okayplayer, and Mic, to name a few.
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