Entertainment Weekly - 05/30/3008
"[I]t still does manage to be kinda cool. It goes beyond the street cred that comes from having an entire episode dedicated to Devo playing Muffy Tepperman's bat matzvah..."
A young Sarah Jessica Parker starred in this early '80s sitcom about two teenage girls who are desperate to overcome their geeky nature and fit in with the cool kids. SQUARE PEGS originally aired on CBS in 1982 and ran for one season, which is presented here in full. Parker plays Patty Greene, who is based on the show's creator, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE writer Anne Beatts. Patty fumbles through her time at Weemawee High School with her best friend, Lauren Hutchinson (Amy Linker), who has a similarly awkward disposition. Each episode usually finds Patty and Lauren dreaming up schemes to get the popular kids to like them, often with the aid of their nerdy male counterparts, Marshall Blechtman (John Femia) and Johnny Slash (Merritt Butrick). The show has gained a strong posthumous word-of-mouth reputation despite its brief lifespan, and the episodes have been endlessly re-run on multiple cable channels, exposing the loveable antics of Patty and Anne to many subsequent generations.
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