Popular (1999–2001)
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The Brain Game 

The gang studies for SATs. Mary Cherry gets them to compete on a quiz show against her mother. Lily fears that Josh will make a fool of himself, since his only field of expertise is chickens. Carmen falls for her Mexican dance instructor.

Director:

Craig Zisk

Writers:

Ryan Murphy (created by), Gina Matthews (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bibb ... Brooke McQueen
Carly Pope ... Sam McPherson
Tamara Mello ... Lily Esposito
Christopher Gorham ... Harrison John
Sara Rue ... Carmen Ferrara
Bryce Johnson ... Josh Ford
Tammy Lynn Michaels ... Nicole Julian
Ron Lester ... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino (credit only)
Leslie Grossman ... Mary Cherry
Lisa Darr ... Jane McPherson (credit only)
Scott Bryce ... Mike McQueen (credit only)
Diane Delano ... Bobbi Glass
Delta Burke ... Cherry Cherry
Mario Lopez ... Pablo (as Mario López)
Jim J. Bullock ... Judge
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Storyline

Mary Cherry fails to win over the judges of "Pop Tarts" talent show with her rendition of Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus". After being humiliated by them, Mary Cherry decides to assemble a team to compete on a local cable academic-challenge program in hopes that she'll be discovered for her looks and "personality". Cherry Cherry has to attend Kennedy High after her low SAT score comes back to haunt her. She wants in on her daughter's team when Josh also tries out for it. Josh turns to Harrison to help him get onto Mary Cherry's team to prove he isn't just another dumb jock. Harrison discovers that Josh has an uncanny knowledge of chicken that gets him on Mary Cherry's team. Carmen decides to ditch studying for the SAT's in favor of Salsa lessons, which she isn't very good at but falls in love with her instructor Pablo, who can't speak much English. Lily becomes afraid Josh will make a fool of himself on "The Big Head Challenge", hosted by Ed McMahhn, deciding not to go. Cherry Cherry ... Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2001 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Sam McPherson: [as Brooke yawns] Oh, Brooke, how much longer can this go on? Seeing Jamie every night, waking up every morning to study. Thank you. Dragging yourself through school, going to "Bring It" practice in the afternoon.
[groans]
Brooke McQueen: I know. Something's got to give.
Sam McPherson: Yes.
Brooke McQueen: But you know what? I think I may have found a solution. Rumor has it that Miss Glass has arranged that if you join the challenge, you get out of class all week to crash-course study. And studying for the challenge is just like studying for ...
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References Survivor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Me Amadeus
Written by Rob Bolland and Ferdi Bolland
Performed by Falco
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Ahead of Its Time
25 March 2019 | by emale-14932See all my reviews

Popular was a great show. The teenagers are all written from the view of an overly aware and responsibly emotional human, and I appreciate the positive push.

This partly episode is notable for its pop star competition show with Mary Cherry. This episode aired in 2001. American Idol aired in 2002. Pop Stars aired in 2001. I believe this show may have parodied Pop Stars, the show that may have inspired American Idol.

Ahead of its time.

Every guest appearance was amazing in this show. Delta Burke as Cherry Cherry is my favorite.

This show put on Leslie Bibb and Leslie Grossman.


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