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Popular (1999–2001)

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Two girls who despise each other, due to being on opposite sides of the "popularity fence", are forced together upon learning that their parents are getting married.

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Series cast summary:
 Brooke McQueen (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Sam McPherson (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Lily Esposito (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Harrison John (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Carmen Ferrara (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Josh Ford (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Nicole Julian (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Mary Cherry (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Jane McPherson (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Mike McQueen (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
 Bobbi Glass / ... (36 episodes, 1999-2001)
 April Tuna (18 episodes, 1999-2001)


In the series pilot, two very different social opposite high school girls on different sides of the popularity circle, the blond, wealthy, attractive and popular Brooke McQueen. The "leader" of the popular crowd, Josh Ford her jock boyfriend, Nicole Julian her best-friend, and Sugar Daddy Josh's friend. Brooke and Nicole plan a party to kick off the school year inviting only those they choose to bring into their inner circle. The "Wannabe's" brunette, middle-class, wannabe and unpopular Samantha "Sam" McPherson who despises Brooke, her best-friend Harrison John, Carmen Ferrara, and activist friend Lily Esposito. Carmen wants to tryout for the cheer-leading squad as Josh contemplates joining the school musical. Sam and Brooke are paired as lab partner's to the delight of Carmen, who sees it as a chance for Sam to help her get on the cheer-leading squad. Sam takes a romantic interest in her facility advisor who wants her to interview the popular kids at Brooke's party much to Sam's ... Written by Ron Storey

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29 September 1999 (USA)  »

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According to Leslie Bibb in an audio commentary, because the character of Mary Cherry was consistently so energetic and over-the-top, actress Leslie Grossman had a deal where she would take every fourth working week off to rest. See more »


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A truly original teen-drama
10 November 2002 | by (Newcastle upon Tyne, England) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few TV shows I can think of that was always consistent during its time on-air. There was a great ensemble cast who never failed to entertain week after week and could perform both comedy and drama to a high standard. The writers managed to bring out every emotion. A great example is the episode 'Ch-Ch-Changes' (#118) about a male teacher going about a sex change. The first half of the show was extremely funny, but then it seamlessly changed in tone to be about discrimination and had an ending that couldn't help but leave a tear in your eye. Despite some great dramatic storylines the show never took itself too seriously, and characters like Nicole and Mary Cherry were always around to provide some light relief. The show has been sorely missed since its cancellation.

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