After flying through the entirety of season one and tuning in for the premiere of season two, I’ve come to the conclusion that ABC’s Abbott Elementary is the best sitcom on TV right now.
No, I’m not just saying this because the series recently scored three Emmy wins (although they were definitely well-deserved). I say this because the show is accomplishing a rare feat. With the premiere of season two, it’s building on its many strengths, from the charming ensemble cast to the funny, compelling storylines. But also, it continues to stand as the timely and thoughtful sitcom that will resonate with anyone, from boomers and millennials to Gen Z-ers.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the show, it follows a group of elementary school teachers who are determined to improve the lives of their students at a Philadelphia public school. And fittingly, the sophomore season kicks off with a gleeful shriek, followed by Janine (Quinta Brunson) explaining that she’s excited to start the new school year. Within the first 10 minutes, we see that there’s been quite a bit of character development over the summer.