LOS ANGELES -- Quinta Brunson's hit comedy "Abbott Elementary" made history this year as the first ABC comedy premiere to quadruple its ratings since its debut. Inspired by her mother's experience as a schoolteacher, the comedy queen saw a unique opportunity to tell a story about a community that is often overlooked or misrepresented by mainstream media: teachers.
"They have lives. They have feelings," Brunson said. "These are people who are working class. People who are just trying to get to the next day. It matters that these stories are told too."
See Brunson's full interview with On The Red Carpet in the video player above.
Watch "Abbott Elementary" Tuesday nights on ABC or stream on Hulu.