The pilot episode of the short-lived TV spin-off of Fast Times at Ridgemont High stars Courtney Thorne-Smith and Patrick Dempsey and has a theme song by Oingo Boingo!
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Total Runtime: 0:26:16
Fast Times is a seven-episode 1986 television sequel to the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High that was produced by Amy Heckerling, who directed the original film. Cameron Crowe, who penned the original Fast Times novel and film screenplay, served as creative consultant. Moon Unit Zappa participated as a technical consultant. She was hired in order to research slang terms and mannerisms of teenagers, as she had just graduated from high school at the time and had a much better grasp of then-current high school behavior than the writers. Oingo Boingo provided the theme song.
The show, originally broadcast on CBS, stars Claudia Wells (Back to the Future) as Linda Barrett (portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place) played Stacy Hamilton (portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the film), James Nardini played her brother Brad (portrayed by Judge Reinhold in the film). Wally Ward played Mark Ratner (portrayed by Brian Backer in the film) and Patrick Dempsey (Grey's Anatomy) played his older buddy, Mike Damone (portrayed by Robert Romanusin the film). Dean Cameron took up the role as surfer Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn in the film). Ray Walston (history teacherMr. Hand) and Vincent Schiavelli (biology teacher Mr. Vargas) reprise their roles from the classic film.
Jeff Spicoli is the center of certain plots throughout the show's short run. In the pilot episode, Mr. Hand bets that Spicoli will screw up his class presentation. In the episode "The Last Laugh", Spicoli accepts a challenge to make Mr. Hand laugh. In "The Engagement", he starts a rumour that Mr. Hand lost an eye during World War II. Since the TV spinoff is toned down for younger viewers, there is no reference to Jeff Spicoli's drug usage. The show however makes references to his truancy when he shows up to Mr. Hand's class one period late. One day, he surprises Mr. Hand when he shows up early to class due to a "gnarly shark attack". His lack of money is also referenced when he tries to pay for a pizza where Linda and Stacy work (he takes some change and his brother's tooth out of his pocket).