First in the class at the 2023 Golden Globes with no less than five (ultra-deserved) nominations, the “Abbott Elementary” series is still relatively unknown in France. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this little nugget, whose two seasons are already available on Disney+.
Series broadcast across the Atlantic on ABC, “Abbott Elementary” did well in the nominations for the next Golden Globes ceremony.
With nominations for Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy (Quinta Brunson), Best Supporting Actress (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and Best Supporting Actor (Tyler James Williams), she even took first place. of the leading pack – tied with “The Crown” which also garnered five nominations – ahead of “Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer”, “Only Murders in the Building”, “Pam and Tommy” and “The White Lotus” , who each won four nominations.
Unfairly little known on this side of the Atlantic, “Abbott Elementary” is already the delight of well-advised French serivores, and subscribers to Disney+ which offers it in its catalog. And it must be said that this “mockumentary” series (that is to say, shot like a mockumentary) really has something to delight fans of comedies such as “Modern Family” or “The Office (US). It is also the director Randall Einhorn, who worked on “The Office” and therefore perfectly masters the codes of the genre (false sequences taken on the spot alternating with fake interviews and of course thundering looks in front of the cam), who is in charge.
The school is sinking, the teachers are bailing out
“Abbott Elementary” is hilarious, and yet on paper its subject matter is nothing funny, since it leans on the American public school and its dramatic lack of means. A depressing theme to say the least which (unfortunately) has nothing exotic in France…
The series dives more particularly into the daily life of an elementary school in Philadelphia where teachers, beginners or experienced, try as best they can to provide lessons, all under the absurd orders of a director whose total inability to occupy this position (exhilarating for the viewer of course) is once again not unlike that of a certain Michael Scott (“The Office”).
Despite the obstacles (lack of budget but also unsuitable programs, insufferable parents and the mess in which they bathe literally and figuratively, being responsible for picking up just about everything), they are determined to help their students succeed. in life.
As the boat sinks inexorably, the most conscientious of them do their best to try to plug the cracks by acting as electricians or plumbers, stealing materials for the class, or taping new pages to old books to keep them up to date, for lack of new ones. They put so much heart into it that they become endearing.
Fabulous Quinta Brunson
The creator of the show Quinta Brunson, who had made herself known before that with a short format on Instagram, interprets herself the most devoted of them. The scriptwriter and actress breathes irresistible energy and humor and, without seeming to, a political dimension. And it is his party to laugh about it which makes the series a perfect outlet.
The quality of her writing has already earned an Emmy for the young woman selected by Time Magazine among the 100 most influential personalities of 2022.
To sum up, “Abbott Elementary” is a series that is both biting and caring. But above all, a hilarious and feel good series perfectly in tune with the times, and therefore to catch up urgently.
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Abbott Elementary: what is this delightful series about, queen of nominations for the Golden Globes 2023 and little known in France?