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After being abandoned by her husband for a younger woman, Lynn Kerr (Daphne Zuniga) and her two daughters are in transition. When 16-year-old Sophie (Foret) receives a scholarship to attend Brighton, a prestigious private school in New York City, she and her sister convince their mother to move from their small hometown in New Mexico. Sophie quickly finds it hard to fit in at a high school ruled by a popular clique of wealthy society kids known as the "beautiful people," while older sister Karen (DeVitto) looks to break into New York’s fast-paced and cutthroat modeling world. As Lynn sets out to start her life over with a job at a high fashion boutique, she and her daughters find themselves in a city full of challenges where they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

Beautiful People: The Complete First Season episodes include:
Beautiful People
Point and Shoot
Reload
Over Exposure
Dark, Room, Chemicals
F-Stop
Blow Up
Photo Finish
Flashback to the Future
It’s All Uphill Here from Here
A Tale of Two Parties
Das Boots
Black Diamonds, White Lies
Where Are We Now?
Best Face Forward
And the Winner Is...

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Take Dawson's Creek, throw in a dash of My So-Called Life and a smidgen of Melrose Place, and you've got Beautiful People. A night-time soap opera on all levels, the series focuses on Lynn Kerr (Daphne Zuniga) and her daughters Karen (Torrey Devitto), 19, who wants to be a model, and Sophie (Sarah Foret), 16, who just wants to fit into the fancy private school where she's known as the poor scholarship kid. Though the show's title could be used to describe the three leading ladies, it actually is the name for the high school's popular clique. Executive producer Paul Stupin worked on Dawson's Creek, and that earlier show's essence is all over this series. Foret could easily pass as Katie Holmes' slightly less glamorous sister, and she utters the same preternaturally mature dialogue as the Creek kids as well. And while the plot lines are never as concise or thoughtful as it was on the Creek, they do have a clumsy charm. The back story to the series is that Lynn moves her girls from New Mexico to New York after her husband has an affair with Karen's best friend. While Karen (a pouty dead ringer for Angelina Jolie) cuts ties with her dad, sensitive Sophie keeps him filled in on their lives with regular emails. That action, ultimately, will force her to choose between her parents. And Melrose Place fans will delight in seeing Zuniga verbally spar with her estranged TV husband Grant Show (her co-star on Melrose). There are some moments in the series that are heavy on the ick factor: an older man's creepy serial killer-like obsession with Karen; Lynn's involvement with her old college sweetheart, who happens to be the father of Sophie's boyfriend; and the clumsy handling of two of the students' sexual insecurities. There are also some inconsistencies in the characters', well, characters.

For most of the 16 episodes--which aired on ABC Family from April 2005 to April 2006--Sophie's friend Annabelle (Kathleen Munroe) harbors a huge crush on their friend Gideon (Ricky Mabe). But after their first makeout session, she rather coldly tells him that it's not working for her. Flash forward a couple episodes and she's pining for him again. Sophie's dream boy Nicholas (Jackson Rathbone) is presented in the beginning as a good boy with some bad friends who tries to appease her nervousness with quips like: "Don't mistake pretension for what's just old fashioned in breeding." Near the end, viewers are supposed to be convinced he's a nasty boy who takes innocent girls to sex parties. Not buying it. The casting director also could've done a better job of hiring peripheral actors who actually young enough to play high school students. Instead, many of the so-called teenagers look as old as the teachers. Though not up to par with the more sophisticated My So-Called Life or Dawson's Creek, it's more often than not melodramatic and fun. --Jae-Ha Kim


Special Features

  • 16 episodes on 4 discs
  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes with Executive Producers Paul Stupin and Michael Rauch plus Actresses Sarah Foret and Torrey DeVitto
  • “Behind the Scenes of Beautiful People” featurette
  • Rehearsal Footage and Screen Tests
  • 36 Deleted Scenes
  • Bonus Previews

Product Details

  • Actors: Daphne Zuniga, Sarah Foret, Torrey DeVitto, Jackson Rathbone, Ricky Mabe
  • Directors: Chris Grismer, Dennie Gordon, Kelly Makin, Ken Girotti, Mel Damski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2006
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FUTVPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beautiful People: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Alcat on August 14, 2006
"Beautiful people" is an entertaining series that you might like, specially if you were a fan of "Dawson Creek". Even though this show is not overly original, it is engaging, and even addictive :)

There are three main characters: a mother, Lynn Kerr (Daphne Zuniga) and her two daughters, Karen (Torrey DeVitto) and Sophie (Sarah Foret). Lynn has been left by her husband, and is ready for a change. After her younger daughter, Sophie, earns a scholarship to study in a very good school in New York City, she is convinced by both Sophie and Karen that moving to NYC is an excellent idea. Lynn wants to be a fashion designer, Karen wants to find success as a model, and Sophie is eager to study in a new school. But will they be able to fit with the "beautiful people"? And do they want to fit, or just be themselves and find a way to fulfill their dreams in that way?

I should point out that the title of this series, "Beautiful people", makes reference to some of the kids Sophie finds at her new school. However, and in a more general sense, I think it is also an allusion to a different kind of environment, an environment the three girls are not used too and are not totally convinced they like. On the other hand, NYC is also an enchanting city that offers them lots of opportunities to find success, friendship and love, chances they will jump at, even though not always wisely.

What will happen? Well, watch this dvd and find out. I can tell you I enjoyed this series, and that I plan to watch the second season, to be released this year. Recommended!

Belen Alcat
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 21, 2006
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Initially I purchased this DVD set thinking that I would be viewing a low-grade version of 'Gilmore Girls' set in New York City. But within the first several minutes of the pilot I realized that I was mistaken. But what I discovered was a quirpy/inspired series that, while not original, is definately interesting and worth checking out.

The show follows the Kerr family as mother Kerr moves herself and her two teenage daughters (one 16 the other 19) to New York City to start their lives over after she catches her husband in bed with another woman. From here the series follows the three woman as they reajust to living completely new/different lives in the big city.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Teren on November 29, 2006
I really enjoy this show! Its fun and well worth the money!

I actually havent got it yet, but I hope I will soon!

It has mother daughter relationships, and how much this family grows together over this period of time!

I recommend it to anyone that likes Gilmore Girls!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By cindy2all on March 25, 2011
If you are like me and you're looking to buy and/or rent this "complete" series and the date on your calendar is 2011 or later, don't. Although this was a very good show and I enjoyed watching the episodes, you should be aware that the title "complete" series is a bit misleading. The show never got picked up for a second season and ended the 16th episode (the last episode in the series) left a lot to be desired and a lot of loose ends. So since there's no hope of this ever gtting picked up for a second season. If you like a lot of loose ends... then this series is perfect for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By West Mountain on January 4, 2013
This show had its debut late in the summer of 2005, and in some ways might be viewed as a mini-series since it only ran for a single season. The "small-town girl in the big city" isn't the most original idea, but I disagree with other reviewers who feel watching it is a waste of time because it's been done before, or because some of the storylines were left unresolved due to the lack of a finale. Rather than one girl moving to New York City, there are three of them -- perhaps to appeal to different generations of viewers. There's teenaged Sophie, 20-something Karen, and their middle-aged mother Lynn. The focus of their new lives falls neatly into high school intrigues, modeling, and fashion design respectively. There's some overlap of their worlds: for example, the father of one of Sophie's classmates turns out to be an old flame of her mom's. The three protagonists often get back together at the end of each day and compare notes -- sometimes with entertaining results.

The title "Beautiful People" has multiple meanings that are revealed as the series unfolds. It's commonly understood as a decades-old slang term for the rich, trendy in-crowd. In this show's context, we learn that it's the nickname for a clique at Sophie's new school, called the BPs for short. The irony of this name becomes evident, since on closer examination, many of the BPs are really not as attractive close-up -- as Sophie finds out firsthand. But also, as the story develops, we realized that the term could refer to some of the people the Kerr women encounter, who due to their honesty and compassion truly are beautiful inside, even if they aren't popular or successful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dame Derevko on July 11, 2012
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I bought this DVD set for my lovely cousin's Sweet 16 last May seeing as she's a huge fan of actors Jackson Rathbone of the Twilight movie franchise as well as Torrey Devitto from Pretty Little Liars. The set had been on her mind beforehand and is apparently a rare find nowadays, so I was thrilled to have found it sold by a great seller here and fulfilled by amazon. It arrived just in time for the weekend I needed it and in great condition and needless to say she was ecstatic to have gotten it and loved it ... in her words she enjoyed it more than Gilmore Girls, her only complaint after she finished watching the show was "Shame It Ended With Unresolved Plot Lines".
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Does this include ALL of the episodes?
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