One of the worst sitcoms of the new season stars one of TV's funniest actors, Dabney Coleman. Fingering his moustache with understandable fidgetiness, Coleman plays…
TV Review

Drexell's Class

One of the worst sitcoms of the new season stars one of TV's funniest actors, Dabney Coleman. Fingering his moustache with understandable fidgetiness, Coleman plays Otis Drexell, a cynical schemer who's teaching fifth grade until something better comes along. What this means is that Drexell is about a man who has complete contempt for the young minds he's supposed to be molding. But then too, his class is a sullen, sarcastic group that makes the teen dunderheads in Welcome Back, Kotter look like geniuses. There's no one to root for in this series.

When he's not supported by a strong, funny script as he was in the great Buffalo Bill and the more uneven The ''Slap'' Maxwell Story, Coleman's tough-guy act can come off as merely hostile and obnoxious, and that's what happens on Drexell: ''Go play tetherball with that downed power line'' and ''Holy hopping snot!'' are two of his more eloquent lines here. Drexell isn't just insulting; it's depressing. D-

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Originally posted Oct 11, 1991 Published in issue #87 Oct 11, 1991 Order article reprints