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Popular: Season 1 (1999)

Cast: Carly Pope, Carly Pope, Leslie Bibb, more...
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Touchstone
Genre: Television
Languages: English
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It's "clique" vs. "anti-clique" at Jacqueline Kennedy High School during the first season of the continuing teen drama Popular. Outraged by the smug social supremacy of head cheerleader Brooke Page (Leslie Bibb) and her snooty, shallow friends, Samantha "Sam" McPherson, crusading editor of the school newspaper, forms her own "army" of the anti-cool, comprised of nerds and misfits. Imagine the horror of the two rival leaders when Sam's mom, Jane (Lisa Darr), falls in love with Brooke's dad, Mike (Scott Bryce). Forced to bury the hatchet and form a united front against this dreadful contingency, Sam and Brooke conspire to break up their parents' romance before they make things legal via marriage. As for the friends of the two heroines, dweebish Harrison John (Christopher Gorham) is burdened by his apparently hopeless crush on Sam, and by his mom's decision to become a lesbian. And Brooke's boyfriend, football star Josh Ford (Bryce Johnson), breaks ranks by dating Sam's chubby chum Carmen Ferrara (Sara Rue). Amidst all this intrigue, a subplot involving the efforts of deranged Nurse Jessie Glass (Diane Delano) to murder her twin sister, Bobbi (also Delano), seem almost benign by comparison! It should surprise no one that the first season of Popular ends on a cliffhanger. In this instance, the wedding of Jane McPherson and Mike McQueen is rudely interrupted by a surprise announcement from Brooke's biological mom, Kelly (Peggy Lipton). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Popular - First Season (Disc 3 of 6) (1999)
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7.38 (13 votes)
Popular - Season 1 (disc 2 of 6) (1999)
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7.67 (15 votes)
Popular - Season 1 (disc 4 of 6) (1999)
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7.90 (10 votes)
Popular - Season 1 (disc 5 of 6) (1999)
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8.09 (11 votes)
Popular - Season 1 (disc 6 of 6) (1999)
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7.83 (12 votes)
Popular - Season 1 (disc1 of 6) (1999)
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6.65 (23 votes)

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Fun, Dangerous, Righteous by JPielaszczyk December 1, 2004 - 8:59 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Though I disagree with his politics, David Brooks has written good riffs about the Cosmic Blondes and Cosmic Brunettes of the world. Though not necessarrily colored and coiffed that way in real life, the lead characters play out their roles in this series conveniently color coded. Everyone has their own virtues and shortcomings, and, after watching just the first disk, I'm queued up for more episodes of unpreachy personal growth (and smart, feisty babes). The animal-rights activist forced by family circumstanances to work at Mr. Cluck's chicken restaurant plugs the cole slaw big time before getting in trouble with the boss. Characters get inspired and changed by the decisions of others.

The characters' fantasy/emotional lives are pleasantly presented in all their healthy bloom and squalor. Well-written, well-acted, well-edited . . . I'd better change my rating to a "9."

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