This spoiler-free review is made possible by advanced screeners of the Abbott Elementary Season 3 premiere, provided to Agents of Fandom by Disney for review purposes.
Through the first two seasons of Abbott Elementary, the series has rapidly become one of the top comedies on television. Star and Executive Producer Quinta Brunson recently won the 2023 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, firmly planting Abbott Elementary Season 3 as one of the most anticipated projects of 2024.
The Abbott Elementary premiere is a one-hour special episode featuring many new characters and guest stars. While there’s a lot of flash to debut the new season, the same core group of characters makes the series special. Abbott Elementary Season 3 continues to expand on what makes the show so enjoyable while introducing plenty of exciting new wrinkles to the story.
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While there are some additions and new shenanigans, the main squad still carries the load with fantastic chemistry. In particular, Janelle James‘ Ava Coleman, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard steal the show. Their impeccable comedic timing is one of the crucial elements that make Abbott Elementary so great.
However, Abbott Elementary Season 3 continues to separate itself from other sitcoms in ways outside of comedy. Anyone who has been inside a classroom knows that their storytelling is an accurate depiction of the teaching profession. Being a teacher is a wild enough experience that excess fabrication isn’t necessary.
The hardships the cast conveys through the incredible writing is a realistic portrayal of the day-to-day struggles of being a teacher. While the style of the show is similar to The Office or Parks and Recreation, Abbott Elementary is far less exaggerated. Not every school has a principal as chaotic as Ava Coleman. However, the lack of resources and the difficulty of the career are very accurately portrayed.
‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3 Premiere Knocks Life as an Educator Out of the Park
The Abbott Elementary Season 3 premiere is a fantastic start to the season. Through two seasons, the series has become one of the most popular sitcoms on television, so there’s no reason to doubt the creators’ ability to maintain the momentum.
The perfect blend of comedy and reality makes this series special. Thankfully, that formula is carried into the Abbott Elementary Season 3 premiere. There are still plenty of cringeworthy moments for those with experience in the world of teaching. However, the awareness the career receives makes it all worth it.
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Teaching is difficult. The tougher the job is for the teachers, the worse things get for students. It’s an impossible task to do the best job possible with the lack of funding, resources, and support education receives. Abbott Elementary perfectly depicts the struggle while delivering light, comedic relief simultaneously.
Abbott Elementary Season 3 premieres February 7. Tune into Global and StackTV for new episodes dropping weekly! Follow the Agents of Fandom socials for all the latest entertainment news and reviews.
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- Incredible guest stars and new characters.
- Fresh new story brings life to the series.
- The humor is better than ever.
- Provides positive messaging to the everyday struggle of educators.
- Hits a bit too close to home for some teachers, can be hard to watch.