Ferris Bueller : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 23, 1990

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 4 out of 9

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 5, 2014
    Breezy, smart-alecky fun.
  2. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    May 5, 2014
    Ferris Bueller, at least, confronts its source up close and personal in the opening scene and gets it out of the way. [22 Aug 1990, p.D-9]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 7, 2013
    I can't imagine an insufferable little twerp like this hanging around NBC's lineup for too long.
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    May 5, 2014
    On the surface, Ferris Bueller can be seen and judged as harmless, high-tech hijinks. But it's subtly subversive, implying that success and popularity are the result of cunning and subterfuge rather than work and honesty. That's the same sort of greedy disregard for rules and regulations that got this country in its messy savings-and-loan quagmire. [23 Aug 1990, p.19]
  5. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 12, 2013
    Lacks the sharper edge of Hughes' movie. [23 Aug 1990]
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    May 5, 2014
    Schlatter is smug and superficial, nothing more. He has no chemistry with his love interest, the pretty but vacant Sloan (Ami Dolenz). The other actors are reduced to slogging through caricatures. It's going to get pretty boring, week after week. [23 Aug 1990, p.1]
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 5, 2014
    He's also just not very funny. Smug monologues to the camera about how life is like volleyball or driving won't have you rolling, and his misadventures - of the high-tech, computer-hacking variety - are awfully predictable. [23 Aug 1990, p.3D]
  8. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 5, 2014
    Ferris Bueller is the proverbial lead balloon. [23 Aug 1990, p.D1]
  9. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Greg Dawson
    May 5, 2014
    It's hard to say why Charlie Schlatter is so annoying as TV's version of the high school prankster played by Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off...But whatever it is - maybe consummate smugness - makes for a thoroughly irritating television experience. [23 Aug 1990, p.E1]

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