Those Who Can't

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  • TV-MA
  • 2016
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.3  (742)

Those Who Can't is a sitcom from Amazon Studios that premiered in 2013. The show stars Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, and Kyle Kinane as three teachers working at a high school in Denver, Colorado. The series centers on their daily struggles as educators, as well as their personal lives and interactions with their students.

The three teachers are members of the school's faculty, but they are far from role models. Glaser plays Abbey Logan, a history teacher who is constantly on the lookout for Mr. Right, but her search for love often interferes with her job. Scovel plays Andy Fairbell, a gym teacher who is not only physically unfit but also socially awkward. Kinane plays Billy Shoemaker, a fixated biology teacher who would rather be anywhere else than in the classroom.

The first episode sets the tone for the series as we see the trio dealing with a problematic student, playing pranks on one another, and getting in over their heads trying to solve problems at the school. Viewers quickly learn that the school's principal, played by Andrew Orvedahl, is as inept as his staff and is more concerned about saving his own job, than fixing any of the school's issues.

Throughout the series, the group struggles to reach their students in a meaningful way, despite their unconventional teaching methods, and with the sole goal of avoiding being fired. The faculty room is always full of wisecracks and even some lessons sneak in when they aren't trying to have too much fun.

At times, the humor can be raunchy and the jokes can be hit or miss, but the show finds its stride when it leans into absurdity. From a coked-up history lesson to teaching the boys' wrestling team about consent, this group of teachers will do whatever it takes to get through a day of school.

One particular standout in the supporting cast is Maria Thayer, who plays Tammy, the school's librarian, and the object of Abbey's affection. Her dry wit and interactions with the main characters provide a refreshing balance and often lead to hilarious misadventures.

Those Who Can't is not a show that will change the way you think about education or even sitcoms, in general, but it is an enjoyable enough series for those looking for a lighthearted comedy. It's easy to see why it gained a cult following in its time, and the characters have a likability that makes it easy to root for their success.

Overall, Those Who Can't should appeal to anyone who has ever felt that their teachers weren't quite right in the head, and to those who love slapstick humor, strong personalities, and quirky characters.

Those Who Can't is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (35 episodes). The series first aired on February 11, 2016.

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Yes We Scan
13. Yes We Scan
April 8, 2019
With the school in danger of being shut down, the gang hatches a plan to save the day. Meanwhile, Quinn and Tammy embark on a drug-fueled vision quest.
Abbey's Road
12. Abbey's Road
April 1, 2019
Abbey enjoys success at her new career away from Smoot. In her absence, the gang struggles with their altered group dynamic and Loren takes over as librarian.
Big Ol' Scams
11. Big Ol' Scams
March 25, 2019
Steven's vocational career fair has Loren and Abbey questioning their professional paths. Meanwhile, Shoemaker and Fairbell join a cult-like pyramid scheme.
SKAppily Ever After
10. SKAppily Ever After
March 18, 2019
Everyone chips in to throw Loren and Jade a dream wedding at the school. Meanwhile, Abbey wants to take her anonymous online relationship to the next level.
Those Who Could've
9. Those Who Could've
March 11, 2019
The Smoot Faculty exploits student-teachers from a local university.
Grisly Man
8. Grisly Man
March 4, 2019
Out in the woods for a cross-country race, the gang stumbles upon a hermit they believe is a legendary serial killer.
One Ding-Wonder
7. One Ding-Wonder
February 25, 2019
When a Smoot student becomes a viral sensation, Shoemaker gets a brush with fame, and Loren and Abbey try to out-viral everyone with a video of their own.
Taco Tuesday
6. Taco Tuesday
February 18, 2019
As Tammy desperately tries to take care of an urgent personal matter, Smoot deals with a crisis of its own: a taco-less Tuesday.
5. Escapegoats
February 11, 2019
With the gang trapped in a Smoot "escape room," new guidance counselor Steven leads the charge to get them fired.
A Smoot Holiday Coincidence
4. A Smoot Holiday Coincidence
February 4, 2019
The Smoot teachers rally around a student as they raise money for his heart transplant.
You Can't Go Homecoming Again
3. You Can't Go Homecoming Again
January 28, 2019
With the gang in charge of the homecoming parade floats, tensions rise and class warfare ensues.
The Running Of The Bullies
2. The Running Of The Bullies
January 21, 2019
Quinn returns as principal and starts a campaign to tackle the rampant bullying at Smoot - but disturbing the delicate social ecosystems has consequences for everyone.
All's Fairbell
1. All's Fairbell
January 14, 2019
Against all odds, Fairbell is excelling in his new role as principal - but the arrival of a buttoned-up guidance councilor jeopardizes the rest of the gang's easy street.
Where to Watch Those Who Can't
Those Who Can't is available for streaming on the Amazon Studios website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Those Who Can't on demand at Max, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 11, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (742)