• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 1996
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    May 20, 2014
    50
    Cute, but frothy, and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is (or as the movie was). Rachel Blanchard tries as Cher, but she's no Alicia Silverstone...This one could grow on you, but I doubt it. [20 Sept 1996, p.8E]
  2. Reviewed by: Frederic M. Biddle
    May 20, 2014
    70
    Yet tonight's pilot retains the supporting cast and all else that made Amy Heckerling's film a delight, especially its unexpectedly tangy one-liners and eye-candy production values. This sitcom looks as if it were shot through Kool-Aid, and is, in sips, just as refreshing. [20 Sept 1996, p.D10]
  3. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    May 20, 2014
    50
    Blanchard was witless and charmless in the original -- and so far unaired -- pilot program. But her performance as pampered Cher has improved in "As If a Girl's Reach Should Exceed Her Grasp,' tonight's debut episode. [20 Sept 1996, p.39]
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    May 20, 2014
    63
    Rachel Blanchard plays Cher (Emma), and while she still isn't up to Alicia Silverstone's standard for merging self-involvement and philanthropism she does a much better job with the new, stronger material, tonight dispensing bad advice in a guest stint as her school paper's Ann Landers. [20 Sept 1996, p.1]
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    May 20, 2014
    80
    Clueless pulls off the balancing act of being bright and sophisticated while remaining almost squeaky-clean. [20 Sept 1996, p.1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    May 20, 2014
    40
    The insights, the connections to Jane Austen's Emma are lost in this watered-down version. As if! [19 Sept 1996, p.1C]
  7. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    May 20, 2014
    30
    This is lame-brained - if relatively harmless - junk. [20 Sept 1996]
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    May 20, 2014
    50
    It's unfortunate that while Clueless looks fabulous, much of the fizzy comic energy of the film's bright teenybopper satire has been lost. [20 Sept 1996, p.9D]
  9. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 20, 2014
    30
    So way unfunny and charmless...A big reason is that Blanchard hasn't nearly the glow or acting skill of Silverstone, whose spark--that aura of huggable sweet innocence shining through the superficiality--isn't transferred to the small screen. Blanchard blends with her pastels instead of standing out.
  10. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    May 20, 2014
    50
    Anyone who thinks Silverstone's charm wasn't the major factor in the movie has only to watch the TV version. With Blanchard at the center, Clueless doesn't have the same flair and in this appearance-is-everything Beverly Hills comedy, flair is everything.
  11. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    May 20, 2014
    60
    Fans of the movie should beware. Tonight's opener feels like a vague replay of the film. [20 Sept 1996, p.E1]
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    May 20, 2014
    60
    The painfully blank Blanchard may look like Silverstone, but she has none of her flair or personality. It's like watching a copy of a copy of a copy. All she does is make you appreciate how good Silverstone was in the original. [20 Sept 1996, p.28]
  13. Reviewed by: John Freeman
    May 20, 2014
    37
    Clueless is meant to be a spoof of spoiled and petulant teen-age girls. But even at that, Clueless comes up, like, seriously shallow. [20 Sept 1996, p.E-6]
  14. Blanchard is lovely and plays Cher so well that you'll never miss Silverstone. Many of the key supporting actors from the movie reprise their roles in the TV series, but the chief saving grace is the clever script. [20 Sept 1996, p.3E]
  15. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    May 20, 2014
    70
    Lighthearted lessons are learned all around. It's all very sweet. [20 Sept 1996, p.10E]
  16. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    May 20, 2014
    30
    A weak situation comedy that has little situation or comedy and basically brokers in silliness and bosh. [20 Sept 1996]
  17. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 20, 2014
    50
    It's slight, but sweet. Maybe that's all that's necessary. [20 Sept 1996, p.3D]
  18. Reviewed by: Jeremy Gerard
    May 20, 2014
    60
    The kids are allowed to be smart, one consequence of which is that the show features the most literate p.c. kids, black and white, on TV; their references are as likely to be to John Keats as to Jim Carrey (often in the same sentence).

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