May 13, 2008
This year we're going to be popular, even if it kills us
Like, totally major news. Totally. One of the great cult hit television shows of all time is finally getting a DVD release. Square Pegs, the 80's classic about students at Weemawee High School, is out in the U.S. at the end of May. Sarah recently told MTV that it was a "subversive" show about "two smart ladies looking to find the other smart people in the world." It's not been seen too widely since its original airing, so this release is long overdue (and timed, I guess, to coincide with Sex And The City).
Square Pegs aired on American TV for one short season (20 episodes) in 1982-83, which would have been my 8th grade year. Everyone from Devo to Bill Murray made guest appearances because it was the baby of SNL writer Anne Beatts.
The show was also pop culture's introduction to Parker, who played a bright nerd named Patty Greene. Sarah says she's really the precursor to Carrie Bradshaw because Patty wanted to be a writer and meet smart people. All the characters were cleverly drawn, particularly Tracey Nelson's Jennifer DiNuccio (the Valley Girl who I remember quoting about "little plastic baggies") and Jami Gertz's preppy archetype Muffy Tepperman.
Here is a clip of the opening sequence:
Note that the DVD includes a new interview with Sarah Jessica Parker.
[Joanna, are you paying attention? xosa]