According to some magazine called Inside TV (no site that I can find), the top 10 "most memorable" teachers on television are
Gabe Kotter (Gabriel Kaplan) – "Welcome Back, Kotter"
Edna Krabappel (voice of Marcia Wallace) – "The Simpsons"
Laura Ingalls (Melissa Gilbert) – "Little House on the Prairie"
Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) – "Friends"
Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman) – "Head of the Class"
Mark Cooper (Mark Curry) – "Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper"
Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) – "Happy Days"
Carol Vessey (Julie Bowen) – "Ed"
Lydia Grant (Debbie Allen) – "Fame"
Max Medina (Scott Cohen) – "Gilmore Girls"
Ross? Fonzie? Teachers? Did more than three people even watch "Head of the Class" or "Ed"?
The Ohio television critic who noted this list in his blog offers some alternative choices.
Still, if I were putting together such a list, I might have dug a little deeper into TV history. Anyone care to pay tribute to Connie Brooks (Eve Arden) of "Our Miss Brooks"? Or Robinson J. Peepers (Wally Cox), of "Mr. Peepers"? (Tony Randall also played a teacher on the show.)
How about another Mr., John Novak (James Franciscus) of "Mr. Novak." Loved that show when I was young. Then there’s Miss Frances – Frances Horwich – of kiddie favorite "Ding Dong School." And what about Pete Dixon (Lloyd Haynes) of "Room 222"?
I only vaguely remember most of these from reruns high up on the VHF dial. Has there ever been a particularly flattering or even accurate portrayal of teachers on TV?