Popular: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)

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Season 1
Popular

Critics Consensus

Popular is more irreverent and energetic than your average high school comedy, but its frenetic style and caustic attitude may keep some viewers at arm's length.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 1999
2
Air date: Sep 30, 1999
3
Air date: Oct 7, 1999
4
Air date: Oct 14, 1999
5
Air date: Oct 21, 1999
6
Air date: Nov 4, 1999
7
Air date: Nov 11, 1999
8
Air date: Nov 18, 1999
9
Air date: Dec 2, 1999
10
Air date: Dec 9, 1999
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Tv Season Info

Cast

Leslie Bibb
as Brooke
Sara Rue
as Carmen
Ron Lester
as Sugar Daddy
Lisa Darr
as Jane McPherson
Scott Bryce
as Mike McQueen
Leslie Grossman
as Mary Cherry
Michelle Krusiec
as Exquisite Woo
Delta Burke
as Cherry Cherry
Diane Delano
as Bobbi Glass
Erik Estrada
as Police Officer
Mitchell Anderson
as Colin Bennett
Peggy Lipton
as Kelly Foster
Robert Gant
as Mr. Krupps
Lisa Blount
as Mrs. Farrara
Hank Harris
as Emory Dick
Michelle Krusiec
as Exquisite Woo
Louis Mustillo
as Mr. Don/Miss Debbie
Wentworth Miller
as Adam Rothchild-Ryan
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Critic Reviews for Popular Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

Popular is socially reprehensible and relentlessly superficial. TV's latest high school series, from the WB, is also kind of fun... Popular is eye candy. Have a Starburst. Chew happy.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Most of Popular avoids gratuitous attitude, as it dissects high school culture like the frogs in Sam and Brooke's lab pan.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Popular still has the potential to strike some chords in viewers, but its chances are undermined by a cast that looks about 15 years too old to be high-school students and by writing that just doesn't seem credible, even for these characters.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

One thing that creators Ryan Murphy and Gina Matthews deftly convey is that high school popularity is a nebulous force, constantly shifting its tide.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Characters spell out the themes more than necessary, but they're important themes, and the stories present adolescence as the morally complex, emotionally draining experience it is.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The first season as a whole is full of memorable, off-kilter gems.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The point gets lost in the forced hubbub created by the producers, who haven't got anything new or thoughtful to say but who are going to exercise their TV First Amendment anyway.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Although designed to be mostly light and zippy, this series is memorable only when dealing honestly with serious issues... Such moments are relatively fleeting, however.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Popular makes valid points about the unfairness of social stratification. But with its gimmicky camera work and flights of surrealism, it tries too hard to be hip.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is an acidic, insightful survey of a social ecosystem - and an early preview of a sensibility that would come to dominate TV.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Popular: Season 1

  • Jan 21, 2020
    I really enjoyed this show so many years ago. It actually was a very intelligent series that gave food for thought and criticized shallowness, obsession with appearances, and the "keep with the joneses" mentality. People need more shows like that, being true to yourself and kind to others should be a priority in our society.

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