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Ferris Bueller
Ferris Bueller Titlescreen.png
Opening title sequence
Genre Sitcom
Created by John Masius
Written by Michael J. Di Gaetano
Lawrence Gay
John Masius
Steve Pepoon
Rob Ulin
Directed by Bill BixbySteve Dubin
Victor Lobl
Bethany Rooney
Starring Charlie Schlatter
Jennifer Aniston
Ami Dolenz
Brandon Douglas
Richard Riehle
Cristine Rose
Sam Freed
Composer(s) Glenn A. Jordan
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) John Masius
Producer(s) Michael J. Di Gaetano
Lawrence Gay
Pamela Grant
Frank Pace
Editor(s) Darryl Bates
Robert Bramwell
Cinematography Stephen C. Confer
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 22 min
Production company(s) Paramount Television
Original channel NBC
Audio format Stereo
Original run August 23, 1990 (1990-08-23) – August 11, 1991 (1991-08-11)
Status Ended
Preceded by Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Ferris Bueller is an American sitcom based on the 1986 John Hughes's film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It debuted August 23, 1990 on NBC and was cancelled within its first season, a few months after its debut.

The show stars Charlie Schlatter in the title role (which was played by Matthew Broderick in the film). Outside of its fan base, the show is known for having starred a then relatively-unknown Jennifer Aniston in the role of the main character's sister, Jeannie Bueller (played by Jennifer Grey in the film). The show was produced by Maysh, Ltd. Productions in association with Paramount Television.



Though based on the movie, the series was not a continuation of the film, rather, the series was set up to portray itself as being the "real life" situations after which the film was based. In the pilot episode, Ferris (Schlatter) refers to the film and expresses his displeasure at Matthew Broderick portraying him, even going as far as destroying a life-size cardboard cutout of Broderick with a chainsaw.[1][2] As in the film, the series focused on Ferris Bueller and his high school experiences, including dealing with his sister Jeannie (Aniston), his best friend Cameron (Douglas), and Bueller's love interest Sloan (Dolenz).


Differences from movie

Unlike the film, which was set in Chicago, the series was set in Los Angeles. In the movie, Ferris and Jeannie's parents names are Katie and Tom but in the TV series, it is changed to Barbara and Bob. Also in the film, Ferris was a senior and Jeanie was a junior (or sophomore) but in the TV series, Ferris was a junior and Jeannie was a senior.

Response and cancellation

Ferris Bueller was broadcast on Monday nights with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, also in its first season, as a lead in. Ratings were strong at first[3] but declined quickly in the following weeks.[4][5] However, the show rated highly among viewers aged 12 to 17.[6] The show was canceled in December 1990 and was replaced midseason with Blossom, which lasted five seasons. A leftover episode aired in August 1991.

The show received mostly negative reviews from critics.[1][2][7][8] John J. O'Connor of The New York Times wrote that the version of Bueller portrayed by the "smirking" Schlatter "is likely to leave most viewers reaching instinctively for their wallets."[7] Some critics considered Ferris Bueller one of the worst shows of the year.[9][10][11]

The show also suffered from comparison to a show with a similar concept that debuted on Fox the same month, Parker Lewis Can't Lose.[7][8][12] Parker Lewis proved to be more successful, lasting three seasons.



Ep # Title Airdate
1 Pilot August 23, 1990
2 "Behind Every Dirtbag" September 17, 1990
3 "Custodian Of the People" September 24, 1990
4 "Without You I'm Nothing" October 1, 1990
5 "Between a Rock and Rooney's Place" October 8, 1990
6 "A Dog and His Boy" October 15, 1990
7 "Ferris Bueller Can't Win" October 22, 1990
8 "Sloan Again, Naturally" November 5, 1990
9 "Scenes From a Grandma" November 12, 1990
10 "Stand-In Deliver" November 26, 1990
11 "Baby You Can't Drive My Car" December 2, 1990
12 "Grace Under Pressure" December 16, 1990
13 "A Night In the Life" August 11, 1991


  1. ^ a b Shales, Tom (1990-08-23). "'Ferris Bueller's' Off Day; On NBC, a Lame Take on a Movie". Washington Post.,E&p_text_date-0=01/01/1990%20to%2012/31/1990)&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=(%22Ferris%20Bueller%27s%20Off%20Day%22)&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Storm, Jonathan (1990-08-23). "High School Comedy Strictly Sophomoric In The NBC Version, 'Ferris Bueller' Has An Off Day". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  3. ^ Donlon, Brian (1990-09-19). "NBC wins yearly crown". USA Today. 
  4. ^ Donlon, Brian (1990-10-02). "'Ferris Bueller' might take permanent vacation". USA Today. 
  5. ^ Graham, Jefferson (1990-11-19). "A fresh 'Prince' challenger". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  6. ^ Jubera, Drew (1991-08-09). "In Front of TV 12 Hours a Day". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. ^ a b c O'Connor, John J. (1990-10-08). "When Boys Will, of Course, Be Boys". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. ^ a b Roush, Matt (1990-08-23). "This 'Ferris' should be put in detention". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  9. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1990-12-30). "TELEVISION 1990: Innovative Shows? It was Far From a Bountiful Season". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  10. ^ Roush, Matt (1990-12-26). "BEST & WORST 1990: TV's HIGHS AND LOWS - Viewers had a taste for the peculiar". USA Today. 
  11. ^ Shales, Tom (1990-12-30). "TV 1990: The Year of Roseanne, Saddam, Bart and PBS's 'Civil War'". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Roush, Matt (1990-08-31). "'Parker' is 'Ferris' with heart". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 

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