8.0
673 votes
Abbott Elementary

Abbott Elementary

ABC 2021

In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers — and a slightly tone-deaf principal — are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do — even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Abbott Elementary (Season 1)

Abbott Elementary - S1E8

#1 - Work Family (Season 1 - Episode 8)

After Jacob reveals a detail about his personal life, Janine realizes she doesn't know the other teachers as well as she thought; Gregory's stern teaching approach is causing his whole class to underperform.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 154 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E13

#2 - Zoo Balloon (Season 1 - Episode 13)

While on Abbott's annual zoo field trip, Tariq reveals that he has been offered a job in New York; Janine struggles with a big choice; Barbara starts questioning her future after finding out her favorite tuatara has been retired because of old age.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 165 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E10

#3 - Open House (Season 1 - Episode 10)

It’s Open House night at Abbott Elementary, and while Janine prepares to meet her struggling student’s mother, the rest of the faculty uses the time to relax. Gregory is taken aback when he learns how Ava got the principal job, and later, Barbara’s daughter’s visit creates a commotion in more ways than one when

The episode was rated 7.99 from 141 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E12

#4 - Ava vs. Superintendent (Season 1 - Episode 12)

With the school board threatening to pull their funds, Janine and Gregory decide to help Ava out with her presentation in front of the Superintendent. However, their plan is derailed when a curveball is thrown at Ava. Meanwhile, Barbara offends Melissa when she doesn’t agree with her blackmail idea.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 144 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E11

#5 - Desking (Season 1 - Episode 11)

When the students start participating in a new online trend that causes disruption to the school, the teachers band together to put an end to it. Meanwhile, Mr. Johnson provides comforting life advice to Gregory; and later, the teachers finally meet Jacob’s boyfriend, Zach, who joins in to help stop the students “desking.”

The episode was rated 7.95 from 138 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E9

#6 - Step Class (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Janine is thrilled when Ava asks to help her teach the after-school step class, but the two don’t see eye to eye on how to run the program. Later, when Barbara, Melissa and Jacob plan an “eat-off” to decide who makes the best pizza in Philadelphia, Gregory is forced to reveal a secret

The episode was rated 7.95 from 148 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E6

#7 - Gifted Program (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Janine convinces Ava to start a gifted program at Abbott led by Jacob. However, when some students begin to feel left out, Gregory and Janine put their heads together and come up with a solution. Elsewhere, Barbara pushes a hesitant Melissa to start dating again.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 165 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E7

#8 - Art Teacher (Season 1 - Episode 7)

When the school’s art teacher retires, Janine is thrilled when the replacement ends up being her best friend from college, but things quickly turn sour when Sahar gets in the way of Melissa’s class traditions. Meanwhile, Jacob and Barbara bond over their love for gardening and decide to start a school garden; but when it turns out they don’t know how to successfully grow anything, Gregory secretly gets involved to fix all of their mistakes

The episode was rated 7.80 from 149 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E5

#9 - Student Transfer (Season 1 - Episode 5)

After a negative teacher review, Janine gets a confidence boost when a student gets transferred from Melissa's class into hers. Jacob tries to forge a friendship with an uninterested Gregory.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 166 votes.

Abbott Elementary - S1E4

#10 - New Tech (Season 1 - Episode 4)

When a new computer program is introduced at Abbott, Janine is excited to finally help Barbara with something. Barbara is reluctant to accept change and finds herself in a tricky situation. Melissa surprises Jacob.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 168 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E3

#11 - Wishlist (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The teachers to ask the local community for new school supplies. Janine takes to TikTok and with Ava’s assistance, her video is a success and goes viral. Janine encourages Gregory to decorate his classroom.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 179 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E1

#12 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

When the staff relates their needs, Principal Ava presents alternative options.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 275 votes.

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Abbott Elementary - S1E2

#13 - Light Bulb (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Janine takes it upon herself to fix every problem when she notices a flicking light bulb in the hallway. Gregory asks Barbara for help talking to a parent, which leads him to spend his lunch period in an unexpected way.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 213 votes.

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Last updated: jan 30, 2023

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