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The Phantom Menace 

It's the first day of a new school year. Brooke has self-image issues. Sam thinks Brooke is shallow. Josh tries out for a musical. Sugar raps. Nicole's picking a new cheerleader. Carmen and Mary Cherry apply. Lily won't dissect a frog.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sydney Forest ...
Sydney Forest
Wayne Vincent
John Caponera ...
Coach Francis Peritti


In the series opener that revolves around a group of high school students with a warped, twisted, yet hilarious view on high school and teen angst; Sam a "wannabe" and her crew are the opposite of Brooke and her "popular" crew. These two girls butt heads as Brooke plans the first big party of the school year. After Sam alienates her friends getting a painful nose piercing to impress an older teacher, she comes to her senses. With her friends they decide to crash Brooke's party. Sam's mother goes on a trip where she meets a man, the father of Brooke, her arch rival, who both come in during all the commotion between the "Wannabe's" and "Popular" groups. Discovering the horrible outcome that their parents have gotten engaged to each other. Written by Ron

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

29 September 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Brooke McQueen: [from inside changing booth] Okay, ready?
[sings, laughs, emerging to the beat of up-tempo music in light summery mini-dress, barefoot]
Brooke McQueen: Okay, is it too Britney Spears?
Nicole Julian: Very "Hit Me Baby One More Time."
[to the shop assistant]
Nicole Julian: We're gonna take this and the matching robe.
Brooke McQueen: [twirling, looking back over her shoulder] You sure?
Nicole Julian: Honey, that outfit looks so hot on you, he is gonna flip out. I'm telling you, your love story is gonna be so hectic that Celine Dion is gonna call you for inspiration.
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References Jerry Springer (1991) See more »


High School Highway
Performed by Sydney Forest
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Leslie Bibb is bibbilicious!
16 September 2016 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

("Popular: Round One" on my DVD, here on IMDb it has this inexplicable name)

Some time ago I saw the NIP/TUCK episode "Naomi Gaines" with Leslie Bibb as the titular character, and as is the way of RavenGlamDVDCollector, always hot on the tail of a pretty actress, figuratively speaking of course, I Googled her, and that is how I came across POPULAR. All it took for me to green- light the purchase of the DVDs was the downloaded series intro. Sweet eye candy by the score, obviously.

Now watching Season One. I think Leslie Bibb is just absolutely pretty beyond perfection. As for Carly Pope, she is damn fine. Excellent job done finding the two hot leads. "I'm just so tired of being compared..." so just allow me to add this: Mere mortals cannot go one round against an angelic beauty like Leslie. If only we were all as beautiful, with dewy doe eyes, long lithe limbs and blond to-die-for hair. But we're not. Live with that.

With the hindsight of having watched most of NIP/TUCK, I can see Ryan Murphy's signature in lots of places. Likes to shock, with close-ups on formaldehyde frogs, vomiting... homosexuality issues... oddly named characters, Mary Cherry, reminds me of NIP/TUCK patients episodes were all named after... pretty girls, nasty scenes.

I have the theory that Ryan watched THE FACTS OF LIFE, and that it inspired him to create the characters. There is the pretty one, the feisty one, the fat one, the small spunky one. Can't prove it, but I could very well be right...

One criticism. Tammy Lynn Michaels, that girl who plays the mean one, Nicole, really, that's such overkill! Anybody that blatantly nasty would have been cast out plenty, plenty quick. No redeeming qualities. A cardboard character, truth be told. A properly played bad girl has layers to her character. How to play a bad girl? Jennie Garth, as Kelly Taylor, in the first stretch of BEVERLY HILLS, 90210, a multi-faceted bad girl. Okay, for this character,that might still come, this is only the first episode. But it was a heavy-handed loathsome performance, nobody would want to have that piranha she-devil poison dwarf as a friend.

I consider NIP/TUCK to be an atrocity, and I've posted horrible musings about Ryan Murphy here on IMDb, but I am glad to report that I like this show. A warm cheer went up from me when I saw the ethereally-beautiful intro appear on my big screen after having seen it only on my tab.

More than sixteen years ago but sure looks good. Yeah! Glad I bought it! Currently my most POPULAR show!

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