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High school high jinks in ‘Those Who Can’t’

From left: Ben Roy, Andrew Orvedahl, and Adam Cayton-Holland in TruTV’s “Those Who Can’t.”TruTV

Those Who Can’t 10:30 and 11 p.m., truTV

A few things of note. 1) The high school in this new comedy, Smoot High, is named after one of our own. A smoot, in case you don’t know, is a local unit of measurement based on a person named Oliver R. Smoot and devised by MIT students in the 1950s. Google it. 2) The show represents the first foray into scripted comedy for truTV, the home of tow-truck, pawn-shop, and prank reality shows that was formerly doing business as Court TV. 3) Named after the George Bernard Shaw quote, “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,” the show is from three members of Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix. It’s about teachers who certainly can’t teach, even gym class. They do, however, know how to act like kooky kids and frat bros. 4) High jinks ensue. 5) “Those Who Can’t” is not very good, but it’s mindless fun if you’ve got nothing else to do. Those who can’t find something else, watch “Those Who Can’t.”


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Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.