Why Everyone Dislikes the “Heathers” TV Reboot

By Ava Alaeddini

The movie “Heathers” is known as a cult classic released in 1988 starring classic 80s actors such as Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannon Doherty. Classics such as these often do get remakes and in a way “Heathers” got it’s remake as a critically acclaimed off-Broadway show. 
However, trends from the 1980s are making a comeback and nostalgia is in. The cast of the 1988 “Heathers” doesn’t get any points for diversity because, well, there wasn’t much diversity amongst the cast. The good point about this new television series is that it makes a point to be very diverse with their casting.
“Heathers” follows the story of teenage student Veronica Sawyer and her friendship with the three most popular people in school, who all happen to be named Heather. Heather Chandler is the leader, and Heather McNamara and Heather Duke are both flanked at her side. Together they make up the most feared and popular clique at Westerburg High. 
The storyline was controversial when it came out in 1988, having to deal with school violence, murder, suicide and previously taboo subjects regarding teenagers was a newer trend. However, this new television reboot received negative reviews that did not correlate with the response to the off-Broadway show and 1988 movie. The newer version tries to stick to the original which also trying to be creative in its own way. Which leads to a bad scripting and plotting. The show was a product of unfortunate  events. The first episode was suppose to air in February of 2018. However, the Parkland shooting had occurred around that time and considering the controversial themes regarding school violence in the show the show was put on hold. It eventually premiered in October, but it seemed to feed off of teen violence and unhealthy situations regarding high school life. The characters fell short, the plot didn’t come together and the overall show was just a flop.