TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
'90s-set Goldbergs spin-off doesn't break much new ground.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Each episode generally has a moral, though they're often usually simple.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are all flawed adults who are working through their limitations to help their students.


Mild -- like moshing.


Some sexual innuendo in jokes, but rare.


Product placement gets snuck in as 90s pop culture references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some underage drinking. Though actual alcohol consumption isn't shown, it's implicitly condoned by the adults in the situation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Schooled is a spin-off of retro sitcom The Goldbergs; it centers on Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka), who returns to teach at William Penn Academy. Other minor characters from The Goldbergs are also featured, notably Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) and Jon Glascott (Tim Meadows). The show is pretty family-friendly, with occasional very mild violence, a few innuendos, and no profanity -- though there are some classic "teen mischief" situations (for example, when a teenage character is caught with alcohol). If your family enjoys The Goldbergs, it's likely they'll have fun following a few of that show's characters through new adventures. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written by11_blue47 August 15, 2020

Another ABC show that didn't need to be cancelled so soon

This was the best show on ABC except for The Goldbergs, and didn't need to be cancelled. I really liked the humor of the show, as it is appropriate for mos... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 14-year-old Written byAFishFam April 13, 2019

A fun nostalgic comedy for the family

This a Goldbergs spin off set in the 90's and following character Laney Lewis when she become a music teacher at her old high school. The series starts off... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2020
Kid, 12 years old September 25, 2019


This show is fine, just fine.

What's the story?

In SCHOOLED, when her career doesn't pan out, once-promising musician Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) becomes the music teacher at William Penn Academy, her old high school. The faculty includes Lainey's former teacher, Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen), and guidance councilor, now-Principal Jon Glascott (Tim Meadows). Lainey feels sorry for herself and very quickly finds herself in over her head with students. But after a rough start, and with help from Mellor and Glascott, she realizes she could be a good teacher and have a positive impact.

Is it any good?

Nothing about this Goldbergs spin-off is offensively terrible, per se, but the show seems content to mimic the style of its predecessor rather than trying to find new life in its own set-up. Expectations for spin-offs are, historically, pretty low. And those low expectations are often met, as with all-time classic bombs like The RopersThat 80s Show, or Joey. Maybe that's why Schooled feels like it's barely even trying. 

AJ Michalka as Lainey Lewis isn't a strong enough actor to carry her own show, and she's not given much help from the show runners in terms of making the (often surprisingly decent) jokes work. Everyone performs as if there's a laugh track, taking the comedy for granted instead of actually, you know, trying to make it funny. Worst of all, Schooled wastes its opportunities for making 90s-appropriate jokes by only including the most head-smackingly obvious pop culture references from the era (grunge and Michael Jordan are the main punchlines in the first episode). And sometimes they can't even do that right -- sometimes they're in 1991, sometimes 1993, sometimes 1998! Yes, Schooled is just a lowly spin-off, but it could be a lot better with a little more care and attention to detail.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be a teacher. Why did the characters on Schooled decide to become teachers? How did the job live up and not live up to their expectations?

  • How does Lainey's own experience as a teenager inform how she interacts with her students?

  • How does Schooled depict the 1990s? How do we know what the 1990s were really like?  

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