4 Reasons Abbott Elementary Appreciates Overlooked Black Women

How Quinta Brunson is Changing The Education Reform Conversation (Mild Spoilers Ahead)

Robin A Henderson


The cast of ABC’s new sitcom. Quinta Brunson, Janelle James, Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Chris Perfetti. The cast is inside an elementary classroom with a chalkboard in the back. They’re sitting on small desks.
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Abbott Elementary is my latest must-watch obsession, but not for the reasons you may think.

This breakout mockumentary-style comedy is the brainchild of Quinta Brunson.

She creates, writes, produces, and stars in this exceptional new series about life in a Philadelphia public elementary school.

Brunson portrays Janine, an inexperienced second-grade teacher who finds heart and purpose in the classroom. She’s supported by an outstanding cast whose skills complement her quirky, perky, loveable personality.

The ragtag crew approaches each day as a whimsical adventure to help the students and themselves survive and thrive.

This audacious comedy with absorbing commentary about our flawed public education system is an unexpected pop culture phenomenon.

Abbott is the breakout hit everyone can’t stop talking about.

The freshmen series has received universal critical and audience acclaim with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

It’s the perfect vehicle for Brunson’s impeccable comedic timing and razor-sharp writing.

Abbott surpassed Modern Family in ABC’s comedy ratings. That’s an impressive feat, considering Modern Family dominated the network for eleven seasons.

Time will tell if Abbott can replicate the longevity of Modern Family.

However, if Brunson continues on her current trajectory, Abbott has the potential to transform the way we speak about public education reform.

Abbott brings much-needed awareness to the inequities within our public education system.

Brunson exposes a broken system that underfunds its mission, undervalues its heroes, and underserves its students.

The series’ topical social commentary, combined with Brunson’s authentic positive representation, makes Abbott more than a successful comedy.



Robin A Henderson

I write about inclusive storytelling in Hollywood and diverse representation in wellness.