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  • Summary: Based on the movie by the same name, the dark comedy reboot finds J.D. (James Scully) and Veronica (Grace Victoria Cox) dealing with the Heathers led by Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), her second in command Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell), and cheerleader Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews).
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Charlie Mason
    Feb 26, 2018
    91
    The adults are as hilariously clueless as you’d dare hope, the kids fling zingers like they’ve been mainlining All About Eve, and the series’ unexpected heart actually answers the question, “What’s your damage?” In short, Heathers slays.
  2. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Oct 30, 2018
    80
    It is thrilling, with wit as gentle as a chainsaw. The network has toned down the finale by cutting the prom-bombing climax, and replacing it with nothing much. The show fizzles in the home stretch, but it is easy to imagine a showrunner’s cut of “Heathers” that fills it out as a pop-surrealist masterpiece. ... 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 22, 2018
    55
    To be sure, there are interesting ideas floating around in Heathers but surely too many at once.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Feb 27, 2018
    30
    Paramount Network's TV take on Heathers is a one-note disappointment, taking certain surface-level detours from the movie and adding precious little scathing insight of its own.
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    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 1, 2018
    30
    Tiresome nasty camp cartoon homage to 1989's pitch-black cult comedy. [5 Mar - 18 Mar 2018, p.13]
  6. Reviewed by: Julia Selinger
    Feb 27, 2018
    25
    Though the show's commentary on identity politics is meant to be sardonic, it's unclear for whom the jokes are meant. Heathers is ostensibly being pitched to young people, but it seems to despise the very demographic it's trying to attract. All of the teenagers are depicted as sociopaths, social climbers, or disingenuous activists.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Ryan
    Oct 25, 2018
    0
    It wasn't worth salvaging what remains a repugnant, mean-spirited attempt at satire that uses smug wokeness as a hall pass to play into every offensive stereotype imaginable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Oct 27, 2018
    9
    EDIT: I just read some articles on how they are changing the show for US airings - they are editing the last two episode and REMOVING THEEDIT: I just read some articles on how they are changing the show for US airings - they are editing the last two episode and REMOVING THE ENTIRE FINALE. Which of course is important for any story, but even more so on how this subverts the original. With a never-to-be-finished cliffhanger ending in its place, this will totally gut the series and ruin the entire ting. I assume the censored version will be in the 2-4 range. Find the original cut. END EDIT

    The only thing that prevents me from giving this a 10 is James Scully's performance as JD. One of the worst actors in a lead role I've seen in a recent memory and obviously pales in comparison to Christian Slater. Other than that, this show takes the amazing movie and modernizes it, lovingly pays homage to it, and just really shows off some great writer tricks.

    I would absolutely suggest watching the movie first, then immediately diving into the show to fully appreciate all the ways the writer's took every memorable line from movie and adapted it. Some are identical, some change context, some are completely changed through a modern lens. The way the show references Moby Dick is amazing. And the twists and swerves last from the end of the very first episode all the way through the finale, as you can never be sure exactly what direction they're going.

    People hating on this show because they think it advocates for the other side are just denying themselves and others the very best of exactly what they want. The balance of "sides" here is almost as good as South Park's, you just have to be aware enough to see both of them.

    About as recommended as a show can be.
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  2. Sep 1, 2018
    9
    Don't mind the low ratings and the critics. Trust me, Heathers is a superb black comedy with lots of OMG! moments. Enjoy it for its' satireDon't mind the low ratings and the critics. Trust me, Heathers is a superb black comedy with lots of OMG! moments. Enjoy it for its' satire not political correctness. It's somewhat like insatiable, but better and more violent. Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2018
    2
    This show is a definite flop. I did not like it at all. I feel like they should absolutely do a rewrite. They need to change a lot to make itThis show is a definite flop. I did not like it at all. I feel like they should absolutely do a rewrite. They need to change a lot to make it suit today's generation. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2018
    0
    I created a Metacritic account five minutes ago for literally no reason other than attempting to warn people away from this show. It is one ofI created a Metacritic account five minutes ago for literally no reason other than attempting to warn people away from this show. It is one of the worst things I have watched this year.
    I would not categorize it as a dark comedy, but rather a humorless regular comedy, offering what is essentially a watered down, politically correct copy of tropes from the original movie in attempt to be edgy.
    The mood swings all over the place: sometimes it is the same borderline absurdism from the film, sometimes it is a regular high school drama. It flips between realism and surrealism with no apparent rhyme or reason, which left me feeling confused and disoriented as to what it is that I was supposed to be watching.
    The show attempted to relate to young people in the same cringe-inducing format that is becoming all-too common. Every other scene references some form of social media and hot phrases include "followers" "likes" "hashtag" and "emoji."
    The entire experience thing felt ham-fisted.
    For example, rather than portray minority groups in a way as to humanize them and help heal rifts in our society, the show forced a grotesque depiction of the LGBT community in a way that almost made it feel like a satire. Rather than maturely address social issues like body image and women's rights, the show used cliche rhetoric and annoying buzzwords.

    And don't even get me started on the attempted throwbacks to the film. It was just sad.
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