Abbott Elementary: queen of the Golden Globe nominations, what is this delicious series about, still too little known in France?

First in class at the 2023 Golden Globes with no less than five (very well deserved) nominations, the series “Abbott Elementary” is still relatively unknown in France. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss this little nugget, both seasons of which are now available on Disney+.

Airing across the Atlantic on ABC, “Abbott Elementary” did well in nominations for the upcoming Golden Globes.

With nominations for Best Comedy, Best Actress in a Comedy (Fifth Brunson), Best Supporting Actress (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and Best Supporting Actor (Tyler James Williams), she even took first place from the leading group-tied with ” The Crown”, which also earned five nominations, ahead of “Monster: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer,” “Only Murders in the Building,” “Pam and Tommy” and “The White Lotus,” which each earned four nominations.

Unfairly little known on this side of the Atlantic, “Abbott Elementary” is already, however, the delight of well-advised French servivores and Disney + subscribers, who offer it in their catalogue. And it must be said that this series of “mockumentary” (that is, shot as a false documentary) really has something to delight fans of comedies like “Modern Family” or “The Office (US). He 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 alternated with fake interviews and, of course, thunderous looks in front of the camera), who is to collect .

The school is sinking, the teachers are bailing out

“Abbott Elementary” is hilarious, and yet on paper its theme is not funny at all, as it relies on the American public school and its dramatic lack of means. A depressing subject to say the least that (unfortunately) has nothing exotic in France…

The series plunges more particularly into the daily life of an elementary school in Philadelphia where teachers, novice or experienced, do their best to deliver lessons, all under the absurd orders of a principal whose total inability to fill this position (exhilarating to the viewer, of course) is once again no different from that of one Michael Scott (“The Office”).

Malgré les obstacles (the manque de budget mais aussi des programs inadaptés, des parents insupportables et la mouise dans laquelle ils baignent au sens propre comme au figured, étant chargés de ramasser à peu près tout), ils sont determinés à aider leurs élèves à réussir in the life.

As the ship sinks inexorably, the most conscientious do their best to try to plug the cracks by acting as electricians or plumbers, stealing class materials, or gluing new pages to old books to keep them up to date, due to lack of time. new. They put so much heart into it that they become endearing.

Fabulous Quinta Brunson

The show’s creator Quinta Brunson, who had previously made herself known in a short form on Instagram, portrays herself as the most devoted of them. The screenwriter and actress exudes irresistible energy and humor and, without seeming to, a political dimension. And it’s the party of her laughing at it that makes the series a perfect outing.

The quality of her writing has already earned the young woman selected by Time magazine among the 100 most influential personalities of 2022 an Emmy.

In short, “Abbott Elementary” is a series that is both biting and loving. But above all, a hilarious and likeable series perfectly in tune with the times, and therefore urgently catch up.

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