Modern education isn't easy. It takes everything for Filmore High School English teacher Jeff to get through a day, when he's surrounded by a school administration mired in bureaucratic red tape and apathetic teachers who adhere to absurd and antiquated rules. And that's only after he's done contending with his class of text-messaging, video-gaming, short-attention-span students who refuse to crack open a book.
But despite his own self-proclaimed indifference, deep inside there's still an occasional spark, especially for the few students, whom he believes, may still have a chance. He's a rule-breaker and a wise guy - and he might just be the best teacher these students will ever have.
Joining Bartha in this comedy where the faculty takes center stage, is Sarah Alexander as the rookie teacher and Filmore High alum Alice, who won't give up on the students or the school. Jeff's best friend and resident drama teacher is Calvin, while other school denizens include radio comedian Phil Hendrie as Dick, the veteran teacher who is over the system and would rather barbecue behind the gymnasium.
Sarah Shahi is Tina, the hot new substitute teacher who joins the faculty, and Matt Winston is Mitch, the eager-to-please teacher who worships Principal Emma Wiggins.
When Alice volunteers to chaperon this year's prom, Jeff seizes the opportunity to have a "first date" with Alice, so he also volunteers and suggests they go together. But his plans for a romantic evening goes from bad to worse when Alice invites a third party to join them. Meanwhile, Calvin gives Dick pointers on writing the senior farewell speech.