Critic Consensus: Annie Potts does a commendable job of making the character of Louanne Johnson her own, but Dangerous Minds suffers from the same fatal flaw as its cinematic inspiration -- namely, a lack of authenticity.
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as Louanne Johnson
as Callie Timmons
as James Revill
as Jerome Griffin
as Gusmaro Lopez
as Blanca Guerrero
as Cornelius Hawkins
as Amanda Bardales
as Alvina Edwards
as Bud Bartkus
as Hal Gray
as Jean Warner
The pilot attempts to cover too much territory, too easily, but it reveals Potts really does have the right stuff to shine dramatically as a teacher out to open hearts as well as minds
Unfortunately, this series makes the same mistake as the 1995 movie did: Instead of allowing relationships to be established over the course of the season, Superteach is in too big a hurry to get everyone in a class hug.
The first episode is very good -- and promising. Plus: Potts is a great actress and a tough teacher.
She gives every moment -- and dollar -- to her students, a common flaw in TV teachers that is as unrealistic as it is unfair to the drama and to real teachers.
The steady beat of the soundtrack's urban music is catchy, and the freeze-frame camera work is stylish. Potts is more believable (and a lot tougher) than Pfeiffer, but the kids in her class toe the line way too quickly.
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