Mr. Novak

Mr. Novak

1963, Drama
The life of an English teacher in an urban high school.

Episode Guide

  • Mr. Novak - Once a Clown (Season 2 Episode 30)
    Season 2 Episode 30:

    Once a Clown

    The class clown learns he has failed his senior year.

  • Mr. Novak - And Then I Wrote ... (Season 2 Episode 29)
    Season 2 Episode 29:

    And Then I Wrote ...

    A student refuses a scholarship to emulate his songwriter father.

  • Mr. Novak - The Firebrand (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    The Firebrand

    The debate class stages a sit-in on behalf of the school bond act.

  • Mr. Novak - There's a Penguin in My Garden (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    There's a Penguin in My Garden

    A nun is dissatisfied with her millionaire nephew's education.

  • Mr. Novak - The Student Who Never Was (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    The Student Who Never Was

    The mastermind of an embarrassing hoax is a first-rate student.

  • Mr. Novak - Honor and All That (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    Honor and All That

    A basketball rivalry between two schools threatens to turn violent.

  • Mr. Novak - The Tender Twigs (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    The Tender Twigs

    An assemblyman charges a school United Nations project is anti-American.

  • Mr. Novak - Where Is There to Go, But Up, Billie? (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    Where Is There to Go, But Up, Billie?

    Novak falls for a high-spirited, sky-diving substitute teacher.

  • Mr. Novak - May Day, May Day ... (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    May Day, May Day ...

    Woodridge must evaluate a confrontational probationary teacher.

  • Mr. Novak - Mountains to Climb (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Mountains to Climb

    Vane runs for state superintendent of schools against a slick opponent.

  • Mr. Novak - The Silent Dissuaders (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    The Silent Dissuaders

    An exchange teacher pushes a bright girl to forgo marriage for a career.

  • Mr. Novak - Faculty Follies (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Faculty Follies

    Even disapproving Mr. Woodridge performs in the faculty follies.

  • Mr. Novak - Faculty Follies (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Faculty Follies

    A demanding Novak directs unwilling teachers in the faculty follies.

  • Mr. Novak - Beat the Ploughshares, Edge the Sword (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    Beat the Ploughshares, Edge the Sword

    The unorthodox guardian of four boys sets them up alone in a house.

  • Mr. Novak - Enter a Strange Animal (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Enter a Strange Animal

    Teaching machines spark a controversy about the value of teachers.

  • Mr. Novak - An Elephant Is Like a Tree (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    An Elephant Is Like a Tree

    A blind student trying to get his bearings faces a dangerous situation.

  • Mr. Novak - From the Brow of Zeus (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    From the Brow of Zeus

    A 10-year-old genius' mother wants to remove him from Jefferson.

  • Mr. Novak - Love Among the Grown-ups (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Love Among the Grown-ups

    An anonymous letter-writer accuses Novak and a French teacher of having an affair.

  • Mr. Novak - Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    A girl who was acquitted of killing her parents enters Jefferson.

  • Mr. Novak - Johnny Ride the Pony (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Johnny Ride the Pony

    Novak opposes a club's irresponsible hazing ritual.

  • Mr. Novak - A as in Anxiety (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    A as in Anxiety

    Her parents' academic expectations drive a student to the point of suicide.

  • Mr. Novak - Born of Kings and Angels (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Born of Kings and Angels

    The debate captain is missing during a team trip.

  • Mr. Novak - Boy Under Glass (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Boy Under Glass

    A baseball star may fail English and miss a big game.

  • Mr. Novak - The People Doll: You Wind It Up and It Makes Mistakes (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The People Doll: You Wind It Up and It Makes Mistakes

    Novak tries to dissuade two students from quitting school to get married.

  • Mr. Novak - Let's Dig a Little Grammar (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Let's Dig a Little Grammar

    A cocky trumpeter wants to forgo his education for a music career.

  • Mr. Novak - One Monday Afternoon (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    One Monday Afternoon

    The death of a football star during practice sparks controversy.

  • Mr. Novak - Little Girl Lost (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Little Girl Lost

    A trouble-prone girl discovers a gift for acting.

  • Mr. Novak - Visions of Sugar Plums (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Visions of Sugar Plums

    An unorthodox substitute can control his class but not himself.

  • Mr. Novak - With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord! (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord!

    A strict wood-shop teacher is assaulted by three students.

  • Mr. Novak - Moonlighting (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    Novak's second job as a parking attendant undermines his authority.

  • Mr. Novak - The Senior Prom (Season 1 Episode 30)
    Season 1 Episode 30:

    The Senior Prom

    The girl in charge of the prom committee learns the difficulties of authority.

  • Mr. Novak - Fare Thee Well (Season 1 Episode 29)
    Season 1 Episode 29:

    Fare Thee Well

    A top student must leave school because of her pregnancy.

  • Mr. Novak - Moment Without Armor (Season 1 Episode 28)
    Season 1 Episode 28:

    Moment Without Armor

    An assistant principal believes an insolent student was her attacker.

  • Mr. Novak - Day in the Year (Season 1 Episode 27)
    Season 1 Episode 27:

    Day in the Year

    A girl in Novak's class suffers from a drug overdose.

  • Mr. Novak - One Way to Say Goodbye (Season 1 Episode 26)
    Season 1 Episode 26:

    One Way to Say Goodbye

    Novak falls for a former student visiting Jefferson High.

  • Mr. Novak - The Tower (Season 1 Episode 25)
    Season 1 Episode 25:

    The Tower

    An aging teacher is unhappy about her approaching retirement.

  • Mr. Novak - How Does Your Garden Grow? (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    A pretty, bright substitute learns the difficulties of running a classroom.

  • Mr. Novak - Fear Is a Handful of Dust (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    Fear Is a Handful of Dust

    Novak tries to open up a gifted but shy girl.

  • Mr. Novak - Chin Up, Mr. Novak (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Chin Up, Mr. Novak

    An elderly British teacher inspires Novak's English-literature class.

  • Mr. Novak - I'm on the Outside (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    I'm on the Outside

    A student believes he cannot get a good job because of his race.

  • Mr. Novak - The Death of a Teacher (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Death of a Teacher

    The school is grief-stricken when a teacher dies of a heart attack.

  • Mr. Novak - The Private Life of Douglas Morgan Jr. (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Private Life of Douglas Morgan Jr.

    A pacifist student refuses to attend a required ROTC course.

  • Mr. Novak - Sparrow on the Wire (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Sparrow on the Wire

    The debating squad is divided over a member's anti-Semitic remarks.

  • Mr. Novak - The Exile (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    The Exile

    A high-school dropout learns the value of education--the hard way.

  • Mr. Novak - Song of Songs (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Song of Songs

    A parent accuses Novak of teaching pornographic literature.

  • Mr. Novak - He Who Can Does (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    He Who Can Does

    A famous writer's visit to Jefferson inspires some dreams.

  • Mr. Novak - My Name Is Not Legion (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    My Name Is Not Legion

    Novak champions a brilliant but troublesome student.

  • Mr. Novak - A Thousand Voices (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    A Thousand Voices

    When a car club breaks up, the president takes it personally.

  • Mr. Novak - The Boy Without a Country (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    The Boy Without a Country

    A young Russian defector has difficulty adjusting to freedom.

  • Mr. Novak - Love in the Wrong Season (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Love in the Wrong Season

    Novak is perplexed by an attractive young teacher who falls for a student.

  • Mr. Novak - Pay the Two Dollars (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Pay the Two Dollars

    Novak is accused of injuring a boy while breaking up a fight.

  • Mr. Novak - A Feeling for Friday (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    A Feeling for Friday

    Novak is intimidated by successful professionals at an old flame's party.

  • Mr. Novak - To Break a Camel's Back (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    To Break a Camel's Back

    A smart-aleck girl has been to 15 schools in two years.

  • Mr. Novak - Hello, Miss Phipps (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Hello, Miss Phipps

    A strict old teacher finds herself the center of a sex education controversy.

  • Mr. Novak - The Risk (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Risk

    Novak recommends an old English teacher who was an alcoholic.

  • Mr. Novak - A Single Isolated Incident (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    A Single Isolated Incident

    The school receives unwelcome publicity when black students are harassed.

  • Mr. Novak - X Is the Unknown Factor (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    X Is the Unknown Factor

    A gifted science student cheats in his English class.

  • Mr. Novak - I Don't Even Live Here (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    I Don't Even Live Here

    Novak learns the secret of a popular, humorous English teacher.

  • Mr. Novak - To Lodge and Dislodge (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    To Lodge and Dislodge

    Novak becomes the object of a blind girl's crush.

  • Mr. Novak - First Year, First Day (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    First Year, First Day

    On Novak's first day, a promising student decides to drop out of school.