1999-2001, The WB
What It's About: Dueling Kennedy High students head cheerleader Brooke McQueen (Leslie Bibb) and reporter Sam McPherson (Carly Pope) are forced to move in together (and try to play nice) after their parents get engaged.
Why It's Cult: Popular the first show created by Ryan Murphy was truly the proto-Glee. While Beverly Hills, 90210 and Dawson's Creek unspooled overwrought drama and very special episodes, Popular celebrated the value of outcasts and portrayed overplayed topics Homecoming Court, sex, and secrets through an absurdist lens. (See: season 1's PMS-themed episode ''Caged!'' which climaxed with a ridiculous catfight in the ladies' room.)
Secret Handshake: ''Shut your dirty whore mouth, player player!'' Tanner Stransky