Season 1 Episode 1

Popular, Round One (1)

Aired Unknown Sep 29, 1999 on The WB

Episode Fan Reviews (5)

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    A decent pilot episode which does have a few problems and seems like an extremely watered-down version of what the series eventually became. Obviously the WB weren't massively keen on the bizarre storylines Popular eventually went into and preferred it to be more Dawson's Creek than Heathers.

    Popular, Round One introduces all of the main characters at Kennedy High. The popular cheerleader Brooke McQueen, her bitchy best friend Nicole, her jock boyfriend Josh, his best friend Sugar Daddy and psychotic Texan new girl Mary Cherry. Meanwhile, the losers are: Sam McPherson, the artsy reporter and her friends Harrison John and Carmen Ferrera. In the episode, Carmen tries out for the cheerleading squad, only to be ditched for being overweight. Meanwhile, to get in the pants of her crush, Mr Grant, Sam does a report on popularity and interviews people around school, including Brooke.

    All the right ingredients are in the pilot but some of them just don't work. Having end credits-singer Sydney Forest follow the scenes around in the back of a pick-up-truck, singing with her guitar, may have sounded good on paper but just seems weird on screen. Some of the acting isn't that good either, in particular the wooden Leslie Bibb as Brooke. She massively improves as the series goes on, but isn't brilliant here. Tammy Lynn Michaels, Carly Pope and Sara Rue all shine here though.

    Thank god Mary Cherry was made a regular as she's absolutely hilarious throughout. Popular, Round One is a good pilot but doesn't show off how hilarious the show would eventually become.