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Lest We Forget: The Class

The Class

With Lest We Forget, I will be looking to discuss those TV shows that were (rightly or wrongly) cancelled before they had a chance to fulfil their potential.

The idea is to raise awareness of some great (and some not so great) shows you might have missed, or simply forgotten and in some cases also to identify what went wrong.

The fact is most cancelled TV shows deserve their fate (and so do an awful lot of long-running TV shows). They are poorly made and are often a waste of talented people’s time and effort, even if they do appreciate the money!

From the co-creator of Friends, David Crane, and his life partner, Jeffrey Klarik, The Class tells the story of a group of disparate 20-somethings who all graduated from the same class 20 years ago. Following an engagement party, these people meet for the first time in years and start to get to know one another again.

Whilst the humour is similar to that found in Friends, the structure is different and far more ambitious. There are several inter connecting stories following the lives of different people doing different things. There is no gathering space for everyone and it is often like watching a number of different shows at the same time. This meant that you had to pay attention.

There are eight main characters and another eight as recurring cast, though this seems to have been a distinction made as the show developed to try and bring in a bigger audience. In the first instance pretty much all of them seemed to be main characters and the world was intricately constructed. As time went on certain characters were all but dropped and others became the main focus of the show.

In the end the show was far less successful than Friends and ended up being cancelled after 19 episodes. Nevertheless, it was a light-hearted, funny affair and if you like that Friends type of humour, then this is something you should check out. It also deserves credit for being so ambitious in the number of parallel stories it was wanting to tell.


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