I still remember all the fuzz back in 1999 when premiering the second season of the hit TV-show "Felicity", audiences worldwide were shocked to see the leading character (until then portrayed by a doll-like looking Keri Russell), cut her long manes and exhibit an ultra (very and extremely) short hairdo. Nobody back then understood why the main character was diminished to a boyish-looking thin girl struggling her way in sophomore year in a fictional University of New York, instead of keeping the so far proved successful formula of a super model-looking actress struggling her way in sophomore year in a fictional University of New York.
J.J. Abrams "Felicity" is still one of my favorite TV shows ever. And watching those old eps, I realize that the story would have been completely different hadn't Felicity have what is known as the "infamous" haircut. And mainly because, seen in perspective the haircut meant change, transformation, growth. From a shy, aimless, scared adolescent entering college, to a solid, at-ease, confident and focused young woman facing the challenges that come with growth and age. And that's precisely what "Felicity" is all about. No wonder how such a short-run show (it only lasted four seasons) is still cherished as one of their favorites by many many people around the world. And no wonder why Ron Howard is listed as one of the show's Executive Producers (...I mean...). In time, audiences finally understood what Felicity was all about .
All the characters in the show, convey honesty and balance to a truly great script. Scott Speedman ("Ben"), Scott Foley ("Noel"), Greg Grungberg ("Sean"), Amanda Foreman ("Meghan"), Tangi Miller ("Elena"), Ian Gomez ("Javier"), and pretty much all the cast, they all are the perfect ensamble and significantly contribute to make this a picture-perfect entertainment product.
A number of these actors were (and still are) subsequently used by Abrams in different projects (for instance, Kevin Weisman from a tiny little role as "Earl" in "Felicity" ended up being a major core character in Abrams' "Alias", as the pintoresque "Marshall"). Amanda Foreman ends up being Marshall's wife, in "Alias" too. Greg Grunberg ends up being one of Sydney Bristow's spy pals, etc.... And of course, who can forget the impressive transition of a very young Jenniffer Garner (who played "Hannah" in "Felicity") to her award-winning, worldwide worshipped role of Sidney Bristow in J.J. Abrams' "Alias"?
Back to "Felicity"... The episodes are written in a smart, warm way that everybody can relate to. The music is simply spectacular (Heather Nova, Esthero, Pete Yorn, Peter Gabriel, the ever present Sarah MacLachlan, Art Garfunkel, Dar Williams, Kendall Payne, Madonna, Radiohead, Scout, Barry Adamson, Marc Cohn) and even featuring one of the main characters, Amy Jo Johnson ("Julie") as the performer of the opening theme of the first two seasons.