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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 21


    Aired 5/18/01

  • S 2 : Ep 20

    You Don't Tug On Superman's Cape...

    Aired 5/11/01

  • S 2 : Ep 19

    I Know What You Did Last Spring Break!

    Aired 5/4/01

  • S 2 : Ep 18

    The Brain Game

    Aired 4/27/01

  • S 2 : Ep 17


    Aired 3/16/01

  • Cast & Crew
  • Diane Delano

    Roberta "Bobbi" Glass (Season 2, recurring previously)

  • Leslie Bibb

    Brooke McQueen

  • Sara Rue

    Carmen Ferrara

  • Lisa Darr

    Jane McPherson

  • Scott Bryce

    Michael "Mike" McQueen

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  • show Description
  • 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").moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (181)

    • Harrison: Sometimes. Under the right light, you totally escape troll status!

    • Nicole: Uh-huh I AM the Millennium, Thank you.

    • Mary Cherry: Um, y'all do I have to do the splits? I'm a Christian.

    • Nicole: I think I'm going to go get a muffin top, and VOMIT!

    • Nicole: There's something about Mary Cherry - mysterious transfer from Dallas. Talents include tumbling. So sweet I become diabetic in her presence. Her family is loaded. We're talking black gold, Texas tea. Mary Cherry: (mouths silently) Call me. Nicole: Hair needs work but I like her.

    • Nicole: Cheerleader wannabe roll call, sound off now. Dana Durham: trendoid wanna-beast. Yeah, hi Dana? Swing thing's like a year old. Pass!

    • Sam: So how was your summer Carm? Carmen: Oh galactically brutal. My Mom sent me to fat camp again, so basically I spent six weeks starving and singing Kumbayah.

    • Nicole: I am SO worshiping your Gwyneth-ness.

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    Notes (73)

    • According to Ryan Murphy, the first two episodes of Popular were different to the other episodes in the show. This change was made to make the show more appealing.

    • The song playing during cheerleading tryouts is "Rock and Roll, Pt. 2" by Gary Glitter, a popular song at sporting events.

    • Formerly known as "The Phantom Menace", this episode was renamed in order to avoid legal problems.

    • Marissa Jaret Winokur, best known as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray, was the second choice for the role of Carmen.

    • Someone from the Lakers cheerleaders was brought in to help out with the cheerleading scenes in the episode.

    • Bryce Johnson wanted to sing his audition piece from 'South Pacific', but he didn't like how he sounded on the recording he made. So he settled for lip-syncing.

    • Creator Ryan Murphy wanted to have a original song in every episode like Sydney Forest's song in the opening credits to this episode. But she did not test well with audiences, so the idea was axed by the network.

    • At the time of this episode Christopher Gorham was told his character Harrison was going to be seen on a skateboard regularly, so he was taking skateboarding lessons, although his new skill was never seen on the show.

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    Trivia (19)

    • In the beginning of the show Brooke's dad buys her some pads; suggesting she's on her period; if she was on her period, why would she plan to sleep with Josh?

    • All of the extra names on Nicole's Laptop are assistants on the crew of Popular.

    • When Nicole picks up the picture of Carmen's family, her mother appears to be thin and blonde. Later in the series, when Carmen's Mom is seen again, she's heavy-set and brunnette.

    • People assume that Luke Grant was fired in Episode Three, but he was either suspended or given a stern talking-to by Principal Hall. There's no mention of Mr. Grant having his employment terminated.

    • Mary Cherry calls Harrison "Joe" for the first time.

    • According to his fake drivers licence, Harrison lives at: 29201 Ocean Front, Venice, CA 90214

    • The three girls that tormented Nicole in elementary school are named after the show's producers, Robin, Murphy and Shepherd.

    • Ms. Glass's favorite song is "Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" by Tony Orlando and Dawn.

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    Allusions (76)

    • The Kennedy High Newspaper is called the Zapruder Reporter. The School is most likely named after U.S. President John F. Kennedy and the newspaper bears the name of civilian Abraham Zapruder who shot the infamous home movie of Kennedy's assassination on November 22nd, 1963.

    • South Pacific - South Pacific is a musical that chronicles two love affairs. The first involves Lt. Joe Cable and a young Polynesian girl. The second revolves around Nellie Forbush, a Navy nurse from Little Rock, and Emile de Becque (the role Josh gets), a French planter with whom she falls in love one enchanted evening. Rodgers and Hammerstein tied the two stories together by having Cable and de Becque go on a dangerous mission behind Japanese lines from which only one of them returns.

    • Nicole: Single White Female needs to be stopped by any means necessary.
      Single White Female a reference to a movie starring Bridget Fonda and Jennifer Jason Leigh, where a woman's roomate starts imitating her, then tries to steal her boyfriend and kill her.

    • Lily: Rosa Parks In 1955, Rosa Parks was a seamstress in Montgomery, Alabama, an African-American living in a city with laws that strictly segregated blacks and whites. When Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man, she was arrested and fined. The subsequent bus boycott, led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., caused a national sensation that eventually led to desegregation in the United States and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996.

    • Nicole: Debbie Gibson isn't coming back and neither is acid-washed. Deborah Gibson was a succesful 80s teenage pop singer, better known as Debbie Gibson for songs like "Only In My Dreams," "Shake Your Love," and "Lost In Your Eyes."

    • The Novak Bathroom is a reference to actress Kim Novak, who once donated money to a Santa Monica school. The writers discovered this and named the bathroom after her.

    • Lily: I wish I was Pam Grier. I loved those blaxploitation movies in the '70s. This is a reference to actress Pam Grier, who was made famous for starring in several cult blaxploitation movies including Coffy, Foxy Brown and Scream Blacula Scream.

    • Mary Cherry: Why, if it isn't Lois Lane? This is a reference to the DC Comics character Lois Lane, who was a journalist in love with Superman.

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  • Fan Reviews (93)
  • 12 years later...

    By irehawk20, May 02, 2013

  • a hilarious show about highschool and clicks. filled with strang occurnces and sometimes unrealistic situations! I love watching sam and brooke as they developed from not knowing each other to being enemies to being sisters.

    By 7thheaven96, Aug 01, 2007

  • A stroke of genius that was way ahead of its time.

    By CMitchell317, Jun 16, 2005

  • A great show that should have never been cancelled!

    By movienut1988, Jul 12, 2005

  • Popular is an amazing show, anyone who watches it will love it

    By iloveyoucj, Mar 10, 2006

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