Looks like class will be back in session next year for NBC‘s A.P. Bio, as the network has renewed the Glenn Howerton/Patton Oswalt sitcom for a sophomore season. Admittedly, the high school comedy hasn’t exactly been a ratings darling: averaging a 1.2 rating in the Adults 18-49 demo; and 3.7 million viewers overall in Live+7 ratings; but comedies have a reputation for needing time to grow (think NBC’s Parks and Recreation).
The series has been well-received by critics and has developed a strong social media fan base. In addition, the show has been attracting a highly educated audience: A.P. Bio indexes at a 149 among Adults 18-49 with four or more years of college, placing it third among primetime series on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. The series also premiered several of the episodes online prior to their network broacast date, which yielded solid numbers.
While the series received a major push tied into NBC’s coverage of the PyeongChang Olympics, many viewers found the length of time between episodes, a confusing broadcasting schedule and a change in the show’s time on the Thursday night schedule as obstacles to the series’ success.
— A.P. Bio (@NBCAPBio) May 8, 2018
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 9, 2018
💫💫💫AND WE’RE BACK!!!!! SEASON 2 BABIES!!!! WONT. HE. DO. IT?!?!… https://t.co/D9ITQse7HF
— Lyric Lewis (@lyricsaidwhaaa) May 9, 2018
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.
NBC’s A.P. Bio also stars Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett , Jacob McCarthy, Aparna Brielle and Paula Pell; and written by Mike O’Brien, who also serves as executive producer alongside Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker. Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers are producing.
Here’s a look at our thoughts on the season finale of NBC’s A.P. Bio:
A.P. Bio s01e13 ‘Drenching Dallas’: Jack (Glenn Howerton) takes interest in a revenge mission on behalf of the A.P. Bio kids. Mary (Mary Sohn), Stef (Lyric Lewis) and Michelle (Jean Villepique) believe they’ve discovered an otherworldly presence at Whitlock.
In a March 2018 with GQ, Howerton discussed how he was pleasantly surprised by the reaction his Jack Griffin has received so far:
“I’m happy with the reception. Actually, I’ll tell you, when I first saw the pilot for A.P. Bio I thought I’d gone too far with it. I thought I’d made Jack Griffin too unlikeable. But then I watched it later. It works, and that’s a tight line to walk, right? You’ve got a guy with almost entirely negative intentions as your protagonist for a show. That’s a tough thing to pull off, and I knew it was going to be tough. But I was like, If we can pull it off though…”