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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 20, 1996
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Elisa Donovan, David Lascher, Wallace Shawn
  • Summary: Based on the 1995 hit film of the same name, Clueless is a popular half-hour American sitcom. The show aired for three seasons between 1996 and 1999. Clueless began life as part of ABC's popular 'TGIF' strand, but after it had finished it's first run, the network decided to cancel the series. It was a decision they would later regret, when it's re-runs proved a huge ratings winner, even competing with the incredibly successful Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Rival network UPN promptly capitalized on ABC's mistake, and the series found a new home where it aired for two further seasons. In a change to the movie, Rachel Blanchard plays the well natured and complicated, yet, as the shows title suggests, clueless teen soul Cher Horowitz. But many of the movie's cast return to reprise their characters, including Stacey Dash as Cher's sexy, confident and sassy friend Dionne Davenport. Set in the wealthiest parts of Beverley Hills, the show profiled the many loves and lives of Cher and her friends, all equally as rich, pretty and charming as her - all, that is, but the rude and self obsessed Amber Mariens (Elisa Donovan). Without her mother around, young Cher must travel through the trickiest times - those oh-so awkward teenage years - with the guidance of only her friends and father (Michael Lerner, Doug Sheehan). Joining her on her journey, are Murray Duvall (Donald Adeosun Faison) and Sean Holliday (Sean Holland) who more often than not, find themselves getting into trouble, not doing enough to help or generally just getting it very wrong. As the show developed, and the character's developed, the writing changed. From the relaxed, confident and slow pace of the first season, to the quick, sassy, off-the-cusp and celebrity-reference filled style of the second and third seasons, enter to a new and faster style of editing for the final two seasons with some hillariously well-timed sound effects and musical scores that complimented the jokes with style. Despite all it's good points, Clueless fell victim to the UPN axe and was cancelled in 1999. But the show has now gone into syndication across the world to a brilliant response, most notably from the United Kingdom and the USA. Clueless - one of the late great teen-orientated sitcoms of the '90s.

    When Can I See Clueless?

    If you're in the US, you can watch complete re-runs of all three seasons on The-N, Monday Through Thursday at 8pm & 11pm. Fans in the UK can see the show on Digital Satellite Network Trouble, Moday to Friday at 18.00 and 22:20.

    She Is Literally
    A Polaroid of Perfection
    She Has Everything And
    She'll Give It To You In A Second
    Looks Can Deceive
    She Wears Her Heart On Her Sleeve
    She'll Steal You Away
    And Not Just For One Day
    Everyday Is An Ordinary Day
    In Her World
    She's An Ordinary Girl

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    May 20, 2014
    Clueless pulls off the balancing act of being bright and sophisticated while remaining almost squeaky-clean. [20 Sept 1996, p.1E]
  2. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    May 20, 2014
    Lighthearted lessons are learned all around. It's all very sweet. [20 Sept 1996, p.10E]
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    May 20, 2014
    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]
  4. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    May 20, 2014
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    May 20, 2014
    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]
  6. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    May 20, 2014
    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: Miles Beller
    May 20, 2014
    A weak situation comedy that has little situation or comedy and basically brokers in silliness and bosh. [20 Sept 1996]

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