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Fast Times
Also known as Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Genre Comedy
Developed by Moon Unit Zappa
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Creative director(s) Cameron Crowe
Starring Twink Caplan
Dean Cameron
Ray Walston
Patrick Dempsey
Wallace Langham
Courtney Thorne-Smith
James Nardini
Claudia Wells
Vincent Schiavelli
Kit McDonough
Theme music composer Oingo Boingo
Country of origin United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Producer(s) Amy Heckerling
Jonathan Roberts
Editor(s) Debra Chiate
Location(s) Glendale, California
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 35 mm
Audio format Mono
Original run 5 March 1986 – 23 April 1986
Chronology
Preceded by Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television sequel to the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned the original Fast Times novel and film screenplay, served as creative consultant. Moon Unit Zappa participated as a technical consultant. She was hired in order to research slang terms and mannerisms of teenagers, as she had just graduated from high school at the time and had a much better grasp of then-current high school behavior than the writers. Oingo Boingo provided the theme song.

Contents

Cast

The show, originally broadcast on CBS, stars Courtney Thorne-Smith as Stacy Hamilton (portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the film), James Nardini as her brother Brad (portrayed by Judge Reinhold in the film). Wally Ward played Mark Ratner (portrayed by Brian Backer in the film) and Patrick Dempsey played his older buddy, Mike Damone (portrayed by Robert Romanus in the film). Claudia Wells played Linda Barrett (portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film) and Dean Cameron took up Sean Penn's role as stoner Jeff Spicoli.

Dean Cameron portrays Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times

Ray Walston (history teacher Mr. Hand) and Vincent Schiavelli (biology teacher Mr. Vargas) reprise their roles from the classic film.

Response

Jeff Borden of the Charlotte Observer observed the series' biggest downfall: "The challenge 'Fast Times' faces is emphasizing the comedic elements from the R-rated film while soft-pedaling the teen lust aspects that were a major part of the movie. Comic characters like spaced-out surfer Jeff Spicoli fare well, while subtle characters like fast-food king and would-be ladies man Brad Hamilton are sanitized into blandness." [1]

Christopher Cornell, writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, echoed the sentiment: "People who liked the movie (read: teenagers) will tune in expecting something like what they saw in the theater. But the network is going to have to completely eliminate the movie's cheerfully rampant drug use and tone down the lusty sexual content, so that parents won't be uncomfortable."

However, Borden calls Fast Times "the hippest look at high school life since the late, lamented Square Pegs few seasons back, yet it treats the teachers with compassion and respect. An "us vs. them" mentality is avoided." Mike Duffy of the Detroit Press disagreed entirely, saying "With 'Fast Times,' we have 'Dull Pegs'."

Mark Dawidziak of the Akron Beacon Journal was far less than kind to the sitcom: "Just when you thought the CBS Wednesday schedule couldn't get any worse, along comes these two lethal stinkers. It would be better if the network programmers turned the hour over to repeated tests by the Emergency Broadcast System. It would be better, and considerably more entertaining, if they devoted the hour to a reading of the Newark yellow pages. It would be better, and far more merciful, if they just went dark. Just about anything would be kinder than subjecting even a few stray viewers to this video swill. Indeed, Tough Cookies and Fast Times make Stir Crazy look like television's answer to Ulysses.

References

  1. ^ Fast Times at Ridgement High, The Info Archive

External links

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Fast Times
Also known as Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Genre Comedy
Developed by Moon Unit Zappa
Directed by Amy Heckerling
Creative director(s) Cameron Crowe
Starring Twink Caplan
Dean Cameron
Ray Walston
Patrick Dempsey
Wallace Langham
Courtney Thorne-Smith
James Nardini
Claudia Wells
Vincent Schiavelli
Kit McDonough
Theme music composer Oingo Boingo
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Production
Producer(s) Amy Heckerling
Jonathan Roberts
Editor(s) Debra Chiate
Location(s) Glendale, California
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format 35 mm
Audio format Mono
Original run 5 March 1986 – 23 April 1986
Chronology
Preceded by Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television sequel to the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned the original Fast Times novel and film screenplay, served as creative consultant. Moon Unit Zappa participated as a technical consultant. She was hired in order to research slang terms and mannerisms of teenagers, as she had just graduated from high school at the time and had a much better grasp of then-current high school behavior than the writers. Oingo Boingo provided the theme song.

Contents

Cast

The show, originally broadcast on CBS, stars Courtney Thorne-Smith as Stacy Hamilton (portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the film), James Nardini as her brother Brad (portrayed by Judge Reinhold in the film). Wally Ward played Mark Ratner (portrayed by Brian Backer in the film) and Patrick Dempsey played his older buddy, Mike Damone (portrayed by Robert Romanus in the film). Claudia Wells played Linda Barrett (portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film) and Dean Cameron took up Sean Penn's role as surfer Jeff Spicoli.

Ray Walston (history teacher Mr. Hand) and Vincent Schiavelli (biology teacher Mr. Vargas) reprise their roles from the classic film.

Response

Jeff Borden of the Charlotte Observer observed the series' biggest downfall: "The challenge 'Fast Times' faces is emphasizing the comedic elements from the R-rated film while soft-pedaling the teen lust aspects that were a major part of the movie. Comic characters like spaced-out surfer Jeff Spicoli fare well, while subtle characters like fast-food king and would-be ladies man Brad Hamilton are sanitized into blandness." [1]

Christopher Cornell, writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, echoed the sentiment: "People who liked the movie (read: teenagers) will tune in expecting something like what they saw in the theater. But the network is going to have to completely eliminate the movie's cheerfully rampant drug use and tone down the lusty sexual content, so that parents won't be uncomfortable."

However, Borden calls Fast Times "the hippest look at high school life since the late, lamented Square Pegs few seasons back, yet it treats the teachers with compassion and respect. An "us vs. them" mentality is avoided." Mike Duffy of the Detroit Press disagreed entirely, saying "With 'Fast Times,' we have 'Dull Pegs'."

Mark Dawidziak of the Akron Beacon Journal was far less than kind to the sitcom: "Just when you thought the CBS Wednesday schedule couldn't get any worse, along comes these two lethal stinkers. It would be better if the network programmers turned the hour over to repeated tests by the Emergency Broadcast System. It would be better, and considerably more entertaining, if they devoted the hour to a reading of the Newark yellow pages. It would be better, and far more merciful, if they just went dark. Just about anything would be kinder than subjecting even a few stray viewers to this video swill. Indeed, Tough Cookies and Fast Times make Stir Crazy look like television's answer to Ulysses.

References

  1. ^ Fast Times at Ridgement High, The Info Archive

External links


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