The other day I had the chance to sit in on some great conversations about television. One concept that was brought up was the magic that happens when a show “gets it”. That’s when a program is able to connect to its audience by offering a realistic portrayal of its audience’s life.
Currently, I work in education.
Apart from a few semi-steady gigs that I do not talk about I have spent the bulk of my time as a substitute teacher. Still. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never taught a day in your life. If you have friends who teach, surely you’ve heard stories. All sorts of crazy things can happen, both in and out of the classroom.
On that note, let me introduce you to Mr. D–a program that airs on my nation’s broadcaster, CBC Television. Here’s a clip from last year…
My first instinct is to say that no teacher is ever that bad when they mark. And yet…I know otherwise.
I love this show! If you haven’t seen it, you don’t know what you’re missing.
Granted, there are some darker aspects of teaching. But I’ve already seen and had a taste of Boston Public. A spoof of some of the lesser-known parts of the profession is a refreshing change.