A.P. Bio 'Catfish' Review: An 'Always Sunny' Witness Protection Program

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Welcome to the first edition of Bleeding Cool's weekly recap/review of NBC's new Thursday night comedy series A.P. Bio, starring It's Always in Sunny in Philadelphia's Glenn Howerton and Happy!'s Patton Oswalt.  Tonight's pilot episode is a a sneak preview of the series before it starts it's weekly run in March, after NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

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Here's a look at the pilot, as well as a brief synopsis of the episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-61zwmoVOo

A.P. Bio 1×01 'Pilot: Catfish': Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) is a Harvard philosophy scholar who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. He quickly makes it clear he will not be teaching any biology, however, and, realizing he has a room full of overachieving honor roll students at his disposal, decides instead to use the kids to enact revenge on his rival and take the job that is rightfully his. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

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So our A.P. Bio recaps/reviews are going to cover both the "nitty" and the "gritty" of the episode, along with some of our thoughts on what worked and what should've been left unseen by sane eyes. So I guess what we're trying to say is that you're wading into a potential "spoiler minefield" so tread carefully.

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Late Night with Seth Meyers: Howerton talks with Meyers about A.P. Bio, reveals what teacher inspired him and explains what it was like growing up abroad:

Howerton and Meyers visited the TODAY show to discuss the series premiere of A.P. Bio:

Here's an overview and full synopsis for the series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWc2-_WyKxQ

When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, Jean Villepique, Jacob McCarthy and Tom Bennett also star.
"A.P. Bio" is written and executive produced by Mike O'Brien. Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker also serve as executive producers.

"A.P. Bio" is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions.

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Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...

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