Here’s a refresher on the 1982 movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High…
This classic ’80s high school comedy was directed by Amy Heckerling (of Clueless fame) and starred a young Jennifer Jason Leigh alongside Phoebe Cates, Nicolas Cage, and Sean Penn, to name a few. The film follows several high school stories — the bonehead stoner, the naive sophomore girl who falls for an older guy, the sweet (but not as cool guy) who really loves her, the sexy popular girl, etc.
And apparently, in 1986, CBS launched a TV version of the movie, called simply Fast Times.
Most of the principal cast members were replaced by new actors. The only roles that stayed the same were Mr. Hand and Mr. Vargas. Amy Heckerling came on to the project, writing and directing the first few episodes.
The show is thought to have flopped because the original context just couldn’t translate to TV. The movie was famous for its mix of “racy” sex, drug use, and heavy topics like abortion…and you couldn’t really put that stuff on TV so the result was much more tame. But, for fans of the film, Fast Times deserves a watch. All seven episodes below!