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New NBC comedy A.P. Bio stars Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) as disgraced hotshot philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (in a world where such a thing exists). After losing his job at Harvard, Griffin is forced to move back into his mother’s house in Toledo, Ohio, and take a dead-end job as a teacher at the local high school. And if you’re picturing a show like Bad Teacher or Vice Principals right now, you’re absolutely right.

Not interested in teaching his pupils a single shred of biology, man-child Griffin shows up in his sweatpants and makes it a primary topic in his class to undermine his arch nemesis — a.k.a. the guy who got his job. In the meantime, he is scheming to keep his soft-natured boss (Patton Oswalt, The Goldbergs) off his back in order not to get fired over all of his shenanigans.

On paper, A.P. Bio has almost everything you would want in a comedy — a solid premise, a roster of proven stars, and a distinct visual style. But the problem here is that the paper translates horribly to the small screen, resulting in a comedy that is absolutely not living up to its potential.

Probably the worst part of A.P. Bio is its timing. And I’m not even talking about its comedic timing, which is admittedly not very good. But it is the timing of launching this series that is terrible. Out of all the types of bad that the show could have selected for its already quite tired person-is-inappropriately-bad-at-their-job trope, A.P. Bio decided to go for a white man with constant inappropriate sexual behavior, who coerces his subordinates to cover up this behavior for him.

Nobody will have missed that NBC has been in quite of a comedy pinch over the past few years, but the network seems to be crawling out of the darkness with shows like Superstore and especially with the high-concept The Good Place (that twist!). With A.P. Bio, the network is taking quite a step back again, and that is a shame. Because even by the low standards that let shows like Guys With Kids, 1600 Penn, Bad Judge, One Big Happy, and most recently Great News slip through the cracks, A.P. Bio should never have made it to air.

A.P. Bio is on hiatus. It returns on Sunday, February 25th at 9:30/8:30c. After that, it will move into its regular timeslot on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c.

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