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A Reminder That 'Popular' Was The Most Important Teen Drama On Television

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I'm about to remind you of the most iconic WB series of all time, and I'm willing to physically fight you on it if you disagree.

Remember Popular? The show about high school kids doing high school things living high school lives? It was probably the best thing to ever grace our television, and gave us the most iconic quote of all time.


If you're fuzzy on the details, it was pretty wild. Two girls, Brooke and Sam, totally despise each other. But then their parents get married and now they're family. The girls now have to live together, despite Brooke being a preppy cheerleader, and Sam being the unpopular journalist.

The show as basically The O.C. on steroids...but before The O.C. even aired. Love triangles, bullying, and overall nastiness were the highlight of the show. Every character was in some way trying to be, or remain, popular. It was written by Glee, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens mastermind Ryan Murphy, which honestly explains a lot.

Like Mary Cherry.


And Nicole.

And the hunky hot jock, Josh Ford.

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The show also dealt with some crazy serious issues, like when Sugar Daddy went to rehab for being a compulsive eater. They made him chew a donut 5 times, spit it out, look at it, then asked if he wanted to eat it again. Even I turned off donuts for a while, and that doesn't happen easily.

Or what about that time that Harrison got FRICKIN' CANCER, then tried to kill himself, and I thought my world was going to end? Look at this smile. This smile didn't deserve the life he was handed. He deserved to be happy with Brooke, not Sam, which is who he truly loved.


Or when poor, sweet Carmen was almost taken advantage of by a college boy at a frat party?

I could go on, but perhaps the craziest moment of all was the episode I Know What You Did Last Spring Break, when it's discovered that Harrison, who has just returned from Yemen, has Rift Valley fever and is now infecting everyone...which is BAD NEWS. Also there's a killer in the school.

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April Tuna and Bobbi are the prime suspects.


So many secrets get revealed, including the fact that Brooke and Harrison had sex, but then even after that he and Sam kiss and make up...so what is going on?

You can watch that whole episode here.

The series finale is nothing if not true to Ryan Murphy form, as prom rolls around and Nicole tries to ruin everyone's life. When Brooke manages to intervene and stop that, Nicole gets it personally (duh) and decides to HIT BROOKE WITH HER CAR AND KILL HER. Talk about petty!

But now that we've gone through the basic plot (because the full series synopsis can only be understood by watching the show from beginning to end), are you ready to see what everyone looks like know?

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