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Premiere September 29, 1999
Finale May 18, 2001
Creator Gina Matthews &
Ryan Murphy
Network/Provider The WB
Style 60-minute comedy / drama
Company Ryan Murphy Productions,
Roundtable Ink,
Shephard/Robin Productions,
Touchstone Television
Seasons 2
Episodes 43
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Popular is a comedy / drama that aired on The WB.

Brooke McQueen and Sam McPherson, students at Jacqueline Kennedy High School, are polar opposites. Brooke is a popular cheerleader and Sam is an unpopular journalist. Their respective groups are forced to socialize when Brooke's father and Sam's mother get engaged and the two girls have to share a house.

The plot of the first season revolves around the girls' school life, rival groups of friends, mutual animosity and plan to separate their parents. At the end of the season, Sam finds Brooke's real mother and encourages her to come back to town, which breaks up the engagement and splits the new family apart.

By the second season, Brooke and Sam realize that their parents were happy together, and therefore team up to reunite them, a move which results in the girls slowly becoming close friends, and even referring to each other as "family," though tensions rise when they both get involved with the same boy. Also, a reversal of fortunes takes place, with Brooke resigning from cheerleading to focus on school issues and Sam experiencing a surge of sudden popularity at school. In the end of the second season finale — which turned out to be the unexpected series finale when the show was cancelled — Brooke is run over by a drunk and angry Nicole Julian.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2
Leslie Bibb Brooke McQueen * *
Carly Pope Samantha "Sam" McPherson * *
Tamara Mello Lily Esposito * *
Christopher Gorham Harrison John * *
Sara Rue Carmen "Carm" Ferrara * *
Bryce Johnson Josh Ford * *
Tammy Lynn Michaels Nicole "Nic" Julian * *
Ron Lester Michael "Sugar Daddy" Bernardino * *
Leslie Grossman Mary Cherry * *
Lisa Darr Jane McPherson * *
Scott Bryce Michael "Mike" McQueen * *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2
Diana Bellamy Principal Cecilia Hall *
Adria Down April Tuna * *
Mandy Freund May Tuna *
Anel Lopez Gorham Poppita "Poppy" Fresh * *
Hank Harris Emory Dick * *
Arnetia Walker Ms. Ross * *
Kelvin Yu Freddy Gong * *
Michelle Krusiec Exquisite Woo *
Wentworth Miller Adam Rothchild-Ryan *
Robert Gant Vice Principal Calvin Krupps *
A.T. Montgomery George Austin *
Diane Delano Bobbi Glass * *
Nurse Jessie Glass * *
Rock Glass * *


Season  Premiere Finale #
The WB
Season One September 29, 1999 May 18, 2000 22
Season Two September 22, 2000 May 18, 2001 21


DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
First Season September 21, 2004 6
Second Season March 8, 2005 6

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