Heathers: Season 1 (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Despite promising performers, Heathers' aspirational angst is let down by its blunt, misguided attempts at social commentary.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2018
2
Air date: Oct 25, 2018
3
Air date: Oct 26, 2018
4
Air date: Oct 26, 2018
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2018
6
Air date: Oct 27, 2018
7
Air date: Oct 28, 2018
8
Air date: Oct 28, 2018
9
Air date: Oct 29, 2018

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Angst-filled teenager Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) blows her friendship with Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), a social media savant and leader of the Heathers, the most powerful clique in their high school, which include Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) and Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews). As a result, Heather C vows to make Veronica's social life a living hell. Veronica retaliates by pranking Heather C with the help of her boyfriend JD (James Scully). The prank backfires disastrously, however, causing both Veronica and JD to get under Heather C's thumb. Season 1 of "Heathers" also stars Nikki SooHoo as Betty Finn and Kurt Fuller as Principal Gowan. Shannen Doherty makes a special appearance as JD's deceased mom.

Cast

Melanie Field
as Heather Chandler
Grace Victoria Cox
as Grace Victoria Cox
Brendan Scannell
as Heather Duke
Jasmine Mathews
as Heather McNamara
Nikki SooHoo
as Betty Finn
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Critic Reviews for Heathers Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Considering the 2018 landscape, it's possible a darker reboot could have worked if handled delicately. Sadly, Paramount took the opposite approach.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Flipping the original version's script without understanding any of its messages was always going to be a problem. Bringing it into such a radically changed world was even worse. The show was doomed from the start.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

What's missing better focused aims and a keener sense of satire. In the current climate you can't just make fun of these issues, there needs to be a smarter approach.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

All the ingredients are right, but this is a pop culture cake that was left in the oven too long and now it's burnt.

Oct 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is painfully sharp in its portrayal of the way grief is performed on social media and I.R.L. It is similarly brutal in its lampooning of national deformities.

Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…

What once seemed audacious is now just atrociously mean-spirited.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's overall impact gets blunted by a one-dimensional villain, bipolar tonal shifts and out-of-touch attempts to wield identity politics like a baseball bat.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The casting is perfect...and the scripts pay bulk homage to the original. Well worth checking out.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

In other words, this is less a reboot and more an intentional inversion of the original concept, built on the premise that the bullied have since become the bullies.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

The Heathers TV series is only "just" squeaking by, a try-hard attempt at satire that'll make you long for that chainsaw.

Jun 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heathers: Season 1

This show is awesome!!! The movie is great and it's just an updated version, making fun of the way things are so opposite now... the cheerleaders and jocks aren't the most popular anymore it's the ones with the most social media followers. It's written so well, anyone who really pays attention and takes it for what it is (a dark comedy) is going to LOVE it!!!

I never write reviews but I think this show is being unfairly slammed. As a fan of the original and after reading some other reviews, I thought I would hate this and after 3 episodes I am hooked. It's fun, clever, well-written and darkly hilarious. If you take life and entertainment too seriously you will loathe it... for the rest of us it's awesome. I think it may end up being appreciated years later, the same way the movie did.

I watched the first 3 episodes... Yeah, no. Not worth watching sober, or even at all. I'm a Heathers fan, and I can say that this isn't all that good. Even Illegal Heathers is better than this fucking trash.

Funny show, too bad more people didn't get to see it.

The internet killed this love letter to a cult classic and made it look like a suicide. In trying to condemn the effort and villify this fresh take on Heathers, armchair critics missed the point entirely. This series isn't retelling us the story of Heathers, but merely paying homage to it's source material and taking it for a joyride. As someone who can quote you the original script and movie (between which there have already been marked differences), I've been familiar with the ingenious source material for nearly two decades and can firmly say that this series gets an unfair bad rap from internet trolls and fans of musical theatre, most of whom are too young to recall that the original film was just as badly received initially for the same purported "insensitivity" issues. Where in 1989 the insensitivity police were calling Heathers out for being crass about teenage suicide, 2018 social-justice keyboard warriors are throwing a fit over the use of diverse characters as villains. These are missing the point of a dark comedy. Heathers has always been meant to be tongue in cheek and absurd, but grounded enough in reality that it could slip in some poignant abstract social commentary. The new series captures the essence of Heathers and the very spirit of its absurdity tailored to the digital generation. The absurdity of superfluous social justice vigilantism comes alive in the new Heather Chandler, a walking billboard for the self righteous, over sensitized and fame-hungry social media generation. The fact that she's curvy AND a villain isn't a dig at curvy girls, but rather an inconsequential detail if you look at the meat and bones of what Heathers is trying to say. The original character of Heather Chandler was a force to be reckoned with, as she is in this series--the packaging is just different. Having a group of rich, conventionally pretty mean girls playing the Heathers may have worked in 1989, but the trope in 2018 is stale and unevolved after years of exposure. I commend creators for creating a clever, dark and evolved homage to some great source material, expanding its universe and delighting true fans. Shame on those who boycotted it and took to social media to have this killed, and ultimately censored to be palatable -- something Heathers never was. Side note about the performances: to address the complaints floating around about awful acting, I say the performances in the series are no worse than those of the original film or off-broadway musical (no Oscar nods there). Given the hyperbolic nature of the show's premise, the acting suits it just fine.

It's one of my favourite series, it doesn't ruin the original and has some good plot twist. Also loved the finale. It doesn't deserve all this hate, I hope for a second season (which I had make a petition to get it renewed)

This show is genuinely, SO BAD. I have no idea how anybody could give it anything above 2 stars, max... like... truly awful. in every conceivable way.

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I love this show. It may not be the same as the original, but it really is enjoyable

Such a good show. Literally brought tears to my eyes with the last scene of episode 10. Really hope a second season does end up happening

Laugh out loud funny. Manages to both be faithful and reverent towards the source material, as well as freshly cynical to a degree beyond the original film. No one knows what's going on, no one is good or kind, no one has any moral authority over anyone else. The adults desperately want to stay young, the adolescents are too disaffected to be youthful. The bad press this production has received for the wrong reasons is about as hypocritical as the nihilistic, self-obsessed characters themselves.

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