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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Starring: Leslie Bibb, Scott Bryce, Christopher Gorham
  • Summary: Who’s hot? Who’s not? The popular ones, the unpopular ones, the jocks, the geeks. Kennedy High is the set for a big war: the popular against the unpopular. This is the concept behind the 99-01 teen television series Popular.

    On the popular side: Brooke McQueen, a gorgeous blonde, and the
    head cheerleader; backed up by her best friend Nicole, the Devil in person; as well as her boyfriend, Josh Ford, star of the football team; Mary Cherry, the psychotic multi-millionaire Texan girl; and Sugar Daddy, the heavy-set wannbe gangsta and football player.

    On the unpopular side: Sam McPherson, the smart girl who is always looking to expose injustice; Harrison, the geek with a crush on the head cheerleader; Carmen Ferrara, the heavy girl with the warm heart; and Lily, the confused activist girl with the boyish look.

    Brooke and Sam, enemies by nature, must deal with their parents’ marriage to each other and their high school rivalry.

    Opening Theme Song:
    "Supermodels" performed by Kendall Payne
    Closing Theme Song:
    "High School Highway" performed by Sydney Forest
    (opening song for 1st episode)

    Awards and Nominations:
    2000 - Teen Choice Awards - Won! Breakout Show
    2000 - TV Guide Awards - Nominated Favorite Teen Show
    2000 - Genesis Awards - Won! New Series (For episode "Under Siege").
    2000 - GLAAD Media Award - Won! Outstanding TV Individual Episode (For ep. "Wild Wild Mess").
    2000 - Casting Society of America - Nominated Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot
    2001 - GLAAD Media Award - Nominated Outstanding TV Comedy Series
    2001 - Genesis Awards - Won! Comedy Series (For episode "Joe Loves Mary Cherry").
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jun 19, 2013
    The show rings so true, in a hyper-reality sort of way. [28 Sept 1999, p.C09]
  2. 75
    Much of Popular is just silly, but much of it is also poignant and true. Consider Carmen (Sara Rue), who wants desperately to be a cheerleader. Carmen's a heavy girl, but a terrific dancer. [28 Sept 1999, p.E-1]
  3. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 20, 2013
    Always messy, often rude, sometimes poignant and frequently annoying, Popular is - come to think of it - a lot like teen-agers themselves. And that just could make it the most authentic high school series of the year. [28 Sept 1999, p.D6]
  4. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 19, 2013
    The acting needs to improve. Bibb is the show's standout as the popular girl with demons of her own, but Pope isn't entirely convincing as the outsider harboring a secret desire to fit in. Same goes for the supporting cast. Some are pros, notably Tamara Mello as a feisty activist and Sara Rue as the overweight cheerleader wannabe, but others appear to be graduates of the "Saved by the Bell" school of the performing arts. [29 Sept 1999, p.C10]
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jun 19, 2013
    During its opening two episodes, Popular is basically content to be just another jaunty, semi-"Clueless" spoke on WB's glossy teen entertainment wheel. Great to look at, yes, but short on emotional depth. [29 Sept 1999, p.5E]
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 19, 2013
    Trying too hard is exactly what "Popular" seems to be doing: trying too hard to look and sound cool with gimmicky production techniques, trying too hard to tap into teenage angst, trying too hard to suggest bridges between high school's supposed in-kids and its outcasts. [29 Sept 1999, p.72]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 19, 2013
    Despicably trivial and baldly pandering. [29 Sept 1999, p.C01]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Feb 24, 2013
    This is the first production from the creator of GLEE. In a sense it's GLEE with an attitude and without the music. This show is about the popular and outcast kids in high school and how their worlds come together when a parent from each side marry each other. It's funny, edgy, and most of all real. It is very well written and launched several careers. Their are characters that everyone can relate to and story-lines for everyone ranging from funny to emotional, I highly recommend this show! Expand