Clueless entered the zeitgeist of America in the ‘90s by portraying members of the tail-end of Generation X as nothing but a bunch of materialistic, self-absorbed, slackers with way too much disposable income at their fingertips. It was completely on point and incredibly entertaining. But any magic that director Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone put up on the screen was gone by the time ABC launched an adaptation of Clueless on TV in 1996.
Oddly enough, this is one of the rare movie-to-TV adaptations to actually retains some members of the original cast, including sexy Stacey Dash, but it wasn’t enough to save it from being relegated to the wastelands of UPN after its first season. Lacking the original movie’s charm and vision, this show quickly became generic TV fodder that simply served to clog up the airwaves. It’s sad that a movie based off of Jane Austen’s Emma couldn’t spawn a TV show that was more watchable than Homeboys in Outer Space.