Sunday Cinema – “Ferris Bueller”



Rounding out this month of TV shows “out of time” is this one from 1990. Traditional television networks were desperate to compete against the then-fledgling Fox network who began dominating the ratings with such shows as “Beverly Hills 90210”, “The Simpsons”, & “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”. One of the answers was to transfer movie properties to the small screen, with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” being a logical candidate. The slacker-vibe and quick wit of Ferris combined with foil of a rabid principal, it could have been the making of a great sitcom. Unfortunately, moving the the location of the show from Chicago to sunny California was I believe one of the downfalls of the show. People in the Midwest were looking to connect with the Chicago-based Ferris because it was familiar. The show lasted 1/2 a season before being canceled.

One of the bright spots of the series was a young Jennifer Aniston before she became a huge hit on NBC’s “Friends” and even before her debut in the movie “Leprechaun”. Someone posted episodes online, with this one being the pilot



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