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Teachers Only is an NBC television sitcom centered around the faculty of a high school; in the first season the school was Millard Fillmore High in Los Angeles, but in the second it is Woodrow Wilson High in New York with a changed cast. In both seasons Norman Fell played Principal Ben Cooper, but Lynn Redgrave's character, Diana Swanson, who had been an English teacher in the first season, became a guidance counselor in the second season.

Redgrave and Fell were already established names when this show aired, but two of the supporting stars in the second season, Jean Smart would go on, three years later, to play her best known role, that of interior design studio receptionist Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the long running show, Designing Women. Also, Jean's co-star Teresa Ganzel became well known for her many game show appearances in the 1980s as well as her appearance in the comedic miniseries, Fresno.

This show ran for only two seasons, in 1982 and 1983.

Series Cast

  1. Lynn Redgrave as Diana Swanson

    Lynn Redgrave

    Diana Swanson

    23 Episodes

  2. Norman Fell as Principal Ben Cooper

    Norman Fell

    Principal Ben Cooper

    23 Episodes

  3. Jean Smart as Shari Kirkland

    Jean Smart

    Shari Kirkland

    14 Episodes

  4. Teresa Ganzel as Samantha Keating

    Teresa Ganzel

    Samantha Keating

    14 Episodes

  5. Tim Reid as Michael Horne

    Tim Reid

    Michael Horne

    14 Episodes

  6. Joel Brooks as Barney Betelman

    Joel Brooks

    Barney Betelman

    14 Episodes

  7. Steve Ryan as Spud Le Boone

    Steve Ryan

    Spud Le Boone

    14 Episodes

  8. Adam Arkin as Michael Dreyfuss

    Adam Arkin

    Michael Dreyfuss

    9 Episodes

  9. Kit McDonough as Lois

    Kit McDonough


    9 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1983 • 14 Episodes

When the show returned in February to May 1983, the school was now Woodrow Wilson High School in New York with Mr. Cooper as Principal, Diana as a Guidance Counselor and a new supporting cast. Samantha Keating and Michael Horne are teachers, Spud Le Boone is the gym teacher and Shari is the principal's secretary.

Loss of Innocence

(2x13, May 14, 1983)

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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