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Popular 

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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:
Leslie Bibb ...  Brooke McQueen 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Carly Pope ...  Sam McPherson 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Tamara Mello ...  Lily Esposito 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Christopher Gorham ...  Harrison John 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Sara Rue ...  Carmen Ferrara 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Bryce Johnson ...  Josh Ford 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Tammy Lynn Michaels ...  Nicole Julian 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Ron Lester ...  Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Leslie Grossman ...  Mary Cherry 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Lisa Darr ...  Jane McPherson 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Scott Bryce ...  Mike McQueen 43 episodes, 1999-2001
Diane Delano ...  Bobbi Glass / ... 36 episodes, 1999-2001
Adria Dawn ...  April Tuna 18 episodes, 1999-2001
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The two girls who are seen in their fictional Jacqueline Kennedy High School as the leaders of two main opposing cliques, the popular one and the not so popular one, clash heads when their single parents meet, fall in love and decide to get hitched. However, both the girls and their two cliques slowly grow together and become an unlikely group of friends with both typical and not so typical high school and young adult problems. Brooke McQueen is the captain of Glamazons, the school's cheerleading squad. She's considered smart, beautiful and perfect. Privately, she's been dealing with self-image and body image issues ever since her estranged mother left her and her father. She also tries to fight the popular image people have of her. She wants to be good and does good and often helps people instead of thinking only about herself but she also has a suppressed selfish side. Sam McPherson aims to have the opposite image of Brooke's. She's attracted to journalism and wants to be the voice ...

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Kip Pardue played Josh Ford in the pilot. See more »

Goofs

Throughout out the series, it's clear that the actors/actresses portraying teenagers are actually in their 20s+. This is done as to not interfere with the schooling of real teenagers and to give the general viewing audience who are teenagers themselves someone they can look up to. See more »

Quotes

Harrison John: I thought that you of all people at this school would be different.
Samantha 'Sam' McPherson: I am different.
Harrison John: You want to be unique, sure. Just like everyone else.
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Alternate Versions

Due to licensing costs, some of the songs originally featured on the soundtrack of several episodes have been replaced by less expensive tracks (or no tracks at all) on the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Grosse Pointe: Mommy Dearest (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Highschool Highway
Written and Performed by Sydney Forest
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Look beyond the surface
13 December 2000 | by Ken-4See all my reviews

"Popular" has to be one of the most clever series to be developed in recent years. To those who think it's an unrealistic depiction life, you need to look deeper. I highly doubt anyone in high school ever depended on constant popularity polls to the degree that the people on this show do, or had "ghettofabulous" limousines, or had former prom queens sabotage the prom votes, etc. This show exaggerates those petty aspects of high school life in order to expose them for what they are: petty! It exaggerates popularity contests, it exaggerates materialism. In doing so, one realizes how silly those things were. It's brilliant. Not to mention that the situations are well-written, the dialogue is crisp and fresh, and the acting is perfect. But aside from the exaggeration and the camp, the show also touches on some serious aspects with a refreshing sincerity that comes off much more realistic than on other, more "serious" shows. This is definitely not a teen series. It is an adult series dealing with teenage situations.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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(43 episodes)

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