According to Complex, Quinta Brunson- the creator of the viral show, Abbott Elementary is in trouble! The show and its creators have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by writer, and actress Christine Davis who claims that Abbott Elementary is a “knock-off” of her show, “This School Year”.
In court documents, Davis claims that the shows not only have the same premise but “This School Year” was registered within the copyright office in early 2020- one year before Abbott Elementary’s debut. Davis is seeking damages from Brunson and ABC and in addition a turnover from all profits they made from the show. Davis continues in her court documents that “This School Year” was written in 2018 but has the same mockumentary, set design, characters, and plot lines as “Abbott Elementary.
Abbott Elementary has been a hit for all ages with ABC and was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and writing for a Community Series along with Brunson nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series.