Watch the pilot episode of “Fast Times,” a TV series starring Claudia

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 Romanus in the film). Dean Cameron took up the role as surfer Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn in the film). Ray Walston (history teacher Mr. Hand) and Vincent Schiavelli (biology teacher Mr. Vargas) reprise their roles from the classic film. (Wikipedia)


With James Nardini.