Head of the Class on DVD?

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  1. Jon Baker

    Jon Baker Stunt Coordinator

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    I'd love to see a release of this show on DVD. Howard Hesseman was a riot! There was that geeky guy Arvid (who was played by an actor who looked to be in his 30's) and his overweight buddy, Dennis, Brian Robbins (who went on to direct a bunch of films like "Good Burger") played Eric the rebel student who sat up front. There was Robin Givens (who went onto big fame and married Mike Tyson), Leslie Bega (who played Maria the neurotic student who always wore denim), Krystyne Haje (the wacky redhead who never failed to make it in National Enquirer's worst dressed), Kimberly Russell (who I've only otherwise seen in Bill Cosby movies), that annoying little grade school girl with glasses, Tony O'Dell (who played the preppy Alan Pinkard), Jenetta Arnette (who was best remembered for her "I haven't eaten any lunch" Sizzler commercials and went on to play Chloe Sevigny's haggard mom in 'Boys Don't Cry'), Richard Pryor's daughter, Rain, who joined the cast later on as a 'troubled' student (she really spiced things up with her no nonsense attitude and I believe it was her who came up with the phrase "Talk to the Hand" right on this very show), that Middle-Eastern guy whose name nobody could pronounce, that cute blonde girl who replaced Leslie Bega in later seasons (I don't remember what her deal was but I think she changed her name after this show ended and went onto do porn films), and Billy Connelly (who was brilliant in 'Mrs. Brown') had replaced Howard Hesseman for the remainder of the series. I think he may have even taken the kids to Russia for a 2-part episode. I remember a particular episode which centered around the presidential election between Bush and Dukakis and a bunch of the Russian kids asking the student who they were goin to vote for. One of my favorite episodes was the take-off on 'Fatal Attraction' featuring Leslie bega as the Glenn Close character. These kids were brilliant. This show was kind of like Welcome Back Kotter only with a class full of gifted students as opposed to sweathogs (which I didn't mind aside from Horshack who annoyed the living crap outta me with his "ooh ooh ooh mister kotter!!!"). Plus Howard Hessman was a comic genius compared to unfunny, Howie-Mandell-of-his-time, Gabe Kaplan.

    I always seem to be drawn to these TV series' with large, everchanging casts which read like a whos-who of 'where are they now' and didn't realize that HOTC lasted for 5 seasons. I guess this is a good sign that the show was well-liked back in the day. Hopefully it's remembered enough by many that this will garner a DVD release someday. This certainly was a better show that "Saved By the Bell"
     
  2. Pete Battista

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    I would love to see Head of the Class come to DVD! After getting the pilot episode on one of those free discs Warner put out in some sets I remembered just how much I enjoyed this series!
     
  3. Clay_E

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    I'd like to see this one, too. I always liked Howard Hesseman, and Billy Connolly's great in anything he does.
     
  4. todd s

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    I used to love that show...Ok well Krystyne Haje. A funny story regarding this show. When it was on I was a fan. I was in HS and was going to visit my cousin in N.California. We were going to drive to LA to sightsee. Anyways, about 4 months before I go. I called the production office about getting tickets. The lady was real nice and said that all tickets were through "Audiences Unlimited". So that day as per AU instructions I wrote a letter asking for tickets to that show. The only problem is you don't know if you are going to get them until a few days before. Anyway, the day before I leave for Cali. I get the tickets....They are for "She's the Sheriff" starring Suzanne Sommers. I was pissed. I called up AU and asked whats up? They said when a show is full they send whatever they have. So out of desperation I called the production office again. Luckily, I got the same lady and she remembered me. I told her what happened. She said when I get to LA call her back. So two days later after getting to Cali and driving to LA. I call her. She tells me to go to the studio and two tickets will be waiting for me. We get there. We had VIP seating. We were allowed onto the lot before everyone who got their tix's through AU. We had assigned seats in front and at the end of the show. We were allowed to go on the set. Where I met some of the cast. Funny thing is that even people with tixs from AU did not get in. For example if they give a 100 tixs out and then someone from the studio or cast needs a tix. They get them and those with AU tix get shut out.

    Sorry for the long rant. Just brings back a cool memory.
     
  5. jacktripper1

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    I saw the first episode of this series on one of those Warner Bros Dvd's that comes in some sets. It also had the first episode of Family Matters in it. Anyway, I'd love to see it on DVD.
     
  6. Nick=Ma

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    I never saw Head of the Class in its first run, but I have been watching it on In2TV and would buy it on DVD in an instant.
     
  7. Jon Martin

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    I'd also love to see the series.

    But what about music rights? For a couple seasons, they had the episodes where they put on a play. One season they did HAIR, and I think another they did GREASE.

    And, I even loved the Billy Connelly season.
     

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