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Tony Danza- Teacher

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skamper23, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. skamper23

    skamper23 New Member

  2. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

    I've been watching. I like it a lot, although the one about how stressed he was getting juggling too many activities wasn't all that great. Future episodes are supposed to focus more on the kids, which I think will be interesting. I like the kids; they're just kids. I think it will be good for people to see some real teenagers on television.

    Given the built-in limitations--he has an in-class teaching coach, he teaches only one class, he got his education degree a lifetime ago and never actually did any teaching (except for the pilot, which was shot elsewhere), his degree is in history and not English--I think it's actually pretty accurate. I share some of his bad habits :shuffle: so it's funny to see someone else doing them. And it does give people some idea of just how hard and frustrating it is to teach. People who think they know how it should be done and could do it themselves should take note.

    He seems like a nice guy and he seems sincere, if really overwrought, about what he is doing; he certainly doesn't seem to have a problem looking bad in front of the camera in any sense of the phrase. And watching him walk around is :lol:. Once a boxer, always a boxer, I guess.
  3. Bev Johnston

    Bev Johnston Well-Known Member


    I had such a crush on Tony Danza back when he was on Taxi.

    I heard an interview with him on NPR a few weeks back. He seems like such a good and down to earth guy.
  4. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

  5. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    He taught at my high school, Northeast High School in Phila., PA! I haven't seen any of the series yet. Any chances of repeats? I'm SO out of the loop!

    BTW, this is the same high school that was featured in a movie documentary "High School" (finally shown on PBS a few years ago - the movie was made in the late to early 1970's).
  6. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

    The website has full episodes; you can watch them there.

    Otherwise, given the ratings, I'm guessing no.
  7. dbell1

    dbell1 Well-Known Member

    Shame it's being burned off, I loved the show. The last episode when he was struggling with missing his family and reaching out to Eric and his parents really had me tearing up. Oh, and the daughter showing up? :fragile: Such a good show.

    Bev - I heard the same interview, he really sounded determined to make a difference with the students.
  8. Meredith

    Meredith what a glorious day!

  9. skamper23

    skamper23 New Member

    I tape two episodes from last Friday night. Hope to watch them soon! What struck me is Tony seems really sincere in what he's trying to do. You can tell he's not there just to make a buck so to speak. paskatefan, it's a small world...that's your school?? :respec: did you know this was being filmed there?
  10. mashenka82

    mashenka82 New Member

    Aww that's too bad! I actually like this show. I'm curious if he is a good teacher or not since I can't fully tell from the show (I know it's his first time, but I'm just curious if he has potential). Anyways, more power to him for doing this and unlike certain celebs who undertake 'reality' shows for pure publicity, he seems to be doing it for a good cause.

    I love Tony Danza and I respect him so much more now for taking this challenge on!
  11. Prancer

    Prancer Cursed for all time Staff Member

    He has potential, but right now, he's too interested in telling the kids things instead of letting them learn. New teachers do that a lot--old teachers, too :slinkaway

    Filming stopped somewhere around Christmas, but he stayed for the rest of the year because he thought he owed it to the kids. The kids were asked to grade his teaching at the end of the year. Monty the brain gave Tony an A- and most of the kids thought he did pretty well--for a new teacher :lol:.

    I do love those kids. They don't know who he is and they don't especially care. I like that they are just kids--and that the parents who show up are interested, engaged and sometimes cantankerous, but so far, just normal parents. I really like the teaching coach, Mr. Laidback, LOVE the principal and laugh every time the evil assistant principal shows up, because she is so like most assistant principals I have run into.
  12. SharonDudd

    SharonDudd New Member

    I've been following the show and I like the premise but you can tell he is way out of current standards. He didn't grasp the "special ed needs" concept at all. He reminded me more of the teachers I had while in school "work harder, try harder...etc."

    I do remember in one of the very first episodes that they were scheduled to do 7 episodes. But I do enjoy the character and concept!