In the first-season finale, Danza is inconsistent when he gives a student an extension on an essay, but denies one to another, prompting the student to drop the class; tries to help a student who constantly skips class; and holds a charity show to raise money for a library air conditioner.
The school issues a uniform policy, and Danza shows his support by adhering to the dress code; he teaches some students how to box, but realizes it was a mistake when it leads to a locker-room fight; and one of his students gets in trouble when he shows disrespect to the assistant principal by giving her a dog treat.
Danza gets homesick and plans a trip back to California to see his family, but he's torn when marching-band students plead with him to stay and help them prepare for a competition; and he meets with the parents of a student who failed a test.
Danza is asked by the mayor to host a charity show on the night he's to perform in Atlantic City, all while he's balancing school responsibilities, which include talking a student out of quitting the football team.
Half the class fails a quiz on the novel "Of Mice and Men," prompting Danza to make a decision that could have legal repercussions. Also: his top student wants to drop out of his class because he doesn't feel challenged.
This seven-part series follows actor Tony Danza as he teaches sophomore English at Philadelphia's Northeast High School. It opens with Danza meeting the principal, his teaching coach and his class. Also: he signs on to be an assistant football coach in an attempt to bond with the players in his class.