is an American situation comedy
based on the 1986 John Hughes
's film Ferris Bueller's Day Off
. It debuted on August 23, 1990, on NBC
and was cancelled within its first season, a few months after its debut.
The show stars Charlie Schlatter
in the title role (which was played by Matthew Broderick
in the film). Outside of its fan base, the show is known for having starred a then relatively unknown Jennifer Aniston
in the role of the Ferris's sister, Jeannie Bueller (played by Jennifer Grey
in the film). The show was produced by Maysh Ltd Productions in association with Paramount Television
Though based on the film, the series was not a continuation of the film, rather, the series was set up to portray itself as being the "real life" situations upon which the film was based. In the pilot episode, Ferris (Schlatter) refers to the film and expresses his displeasure at Matthew Broderick portraying him, even going as far as destroying a life-size cardboard cutout of Broderick with a chainsaw. As in the film, the series focused on Ferris Bueller and his high school experiences at Ocean Park High, including dealing with his best friend Cameron (Douglas), love interest Sloan (Dolenz), and sister Jeannie (Aniston).
Differences from the film
Unlike the film, which was set in Chicago
, the series was set in Los Angeles
. In the film, Ferris is shown as intelligent and well liked, in... Read More