Episodes: 52 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 14, 1969 — March 21, 1971
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Bill Cosby, Fred Pinkard, Joyce Bulifant, Lee Weaver, Lillian Randolph, Olga James, and Sid McCoy.
TV show description:
Following up on his successful run on I Spy, Bill Cosby stars as Chet Kincaid, a physical education teacher who works at a lower-middle-class high school in Los Angeles. Chet’s a bachelor and a teacher who’s interested in the lives of those around him. His family includes his mother Rose (Lillian Randolph, then Beah Richards), his brother Brian (Lee Weaver), and sister-in-law Verna (Olga James).
The comedy of the series comes from various situations that Chet finds himself in, both at home and at school with teachers and his students. He’s also often asked to fill in for various other teachers’ subjects — like algebra, English and driver’s education — usually with humorous results. He works with principal Mr. Langford (Sid McCoy) and guidance counselor Marsha Peterson (Joyce Bulifant).
While situations are sometimes exaggerated, the show focuses on character studies, real-life situations, and inevitably a life-lesson of some kind.
Episode 52 — The Saturday Game
A Hasidic Jewish boy joins Chet’s baseball team and faces a dilemma when the next weekly game’s date is switched from Sunday to Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Does he play or sit out the game, according to the rules of his faith?
First aired: March 21, 1971.