Teachers (2001)

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The weekly TV dramedy series Teachers has been described as the British equivalent to America's Ally McBeal, even though the central character was male rather than female. Adrian Bower starred as Simon, a 27-year-old teacher in a typical British comprehensive (or high) school. Studiously avoiding conflicts or heavy lifting, Simon was always able to unload his personal and professional problems on his understanding fellow teachers Kurt (Navin Chowdhry) and Susan (Raquel Cassidy). Conversely, Simon's policewoman girlfriend Jenny (Nina Sosanya) was anything but understanding, demanding that he make a commitment concerning their relationship. As a result, Simon frequently retreated into a fantasy world, in which Jenny was invariably cast as a "super-villain." More popular with the average viewer than it was with real-life school instructors, Teachers debuted March 21, 2001 on Britain's Channel 4.