How The TV Version Of "Clueless" Ruined Everything
Translating Cher's world to network TV? As if.
In 1996, ABC launched a TV version of Amy Heckerling's Clueless. It was nothing like the movie and it's a tragedy it ever made it on the air. I mean, just look at how lame the TV logo is:
And here is movie Mel vs. TV Mel. Movie Mel had depth and integrity. TV Mel seemed very embarrassing and unreasonable.
They replaced Josh — the dreamy Paul Rudd — with IMPOSTER JOSH, played by David Lascher.
And the role of Cher was taken on by Rachel Blanchard. I get that she looks KINNNNDAAA like Alicia Silverstone. But TV Cher was a total ditz.
On the TV version, the fashion morphed into uber-girly pastel puke:
Elisa Donovan stayed on as Amber, who became even more annoying. And her outfit choices weren't so ~inspired~ as they were an explosion of '90s mall madness:
Donald Faison also stayed on as Murray. But he was no longer cool.
Stacey Dash did her best with the TV version of Dionne, but I think once her signature braids were taken away, something just didn't click.
What was often weird about the TV show was how they tried to recreate similar setups to the movie.
And the Dionne/Murray on-and-off fighting was ever present. This one was just like the beginning Valley party: Murray dances with another girl.
Sooo how do you feel now? Not so good? I KNOW. This about sums it up:
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