CBS has paired "The Royal Family" with another sitcom starring a black performer. While the veteran Redd Foxx might have the clout put over a family sitcom, young Phill Lewis can't do much with "Teech," another high-school comedy premiering tonight at 8:30 (Channel 11).
This time, the school is an exclusive boarding school, so music teacher "Teech" Gibson (Lewis) has to endure watermelon jokes and being mistaken for the electrician. Teech asks his class, "Does anyone know what I'm doing here?" And wise-mouth student Freedman (Joshua Hoffman) shoots back: "You're the token black teacher."
Another television triumph for affirmative action.
Teech spends most of his time not teaching, of course; who on the TV faculty has? No, Teech keeps matching wits with a quartet of rowdy juniors who look old enough to be doing postgraduate work.