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Square Pegs - The Complete Series

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SQUARE PEGS follows the hilarious misadventures of Patty (Sarah Jessica Parker, TV's "Sex and the City") and Lauren (Amy Linker), two freshmen girls desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School. Befriended by oddball characters Marshall (John Femia), a budding comedian, and Johnny Slash (Merritt Butrick), a wacky new-waver, Patty and Lauren still hope to impress the popular kids: valley girl Jennifer (Tracy Nelson), her tough boyfriend Vinnie (Jon Caliri), and their sassy friend LaDonna (Claudette Wells). And it would "behoove us" to not forget Muffy (Jami Gertz), the ever-peppy preppie! Acclaimed by critics, SQUARE PEGS struck a chord with viewers of all ages and developed a huge cult following. Featuring guest stars Bill Murray, Martin Mull -- plus New Wave acts Devo and The Waitresses (who perform the opening theme) -- all 20 digitally remastered, rad episodes are now available in this awesome 3-disc set, on DVD for, like totally, the first time ever!

Square Pegs was in a class by itself, but much like brainy, bespectacled Patty (Sarah Jessica Parker) and pushy, overweight Lauren (Amy Linker), popularity eluded this late, lamented series, which was expelled from prime time after one season. Rarely seen in syndication, its cult cachet has only increased with time (enhanced by Parker’s extreme makeover into Sex and the City’s trend-setting Carrie Bradshaw). In the words of peppy, preppy Muffy Tepperman (a spirited Jami Gertz in her own career-launching role), it behooves us to report that the series lives up to its rep as a smart and hip alternative to what creator Anne Beatts (in one of the newly filmed interviews with the show’s creators and cast included on each disc) calls "processed cheese television" of the day. Square Pegs was a totally different head; totally. Anticipating 16 Candles and Freaks and Geeks, Square Pegs viewed high school from the perspective of the bottom of the high-school social food chain. Patty and Lauren are freshmen at Weemawee High School. Lauren has it "all psyched out": If the girls can click with the right clique, they will at last have "a social life that’s worthy of us." Alas, it is not to be. The girls instantly run afoul of the school’s reigning Mean Girl, Jennifer (Tracy Nelson), her bad boy boyfriend, Vinnie (Jon Caliri), and her sassy best friend, LaDonna (Claudette Welles). "La Donna doesn’t like anything I do," Patty wails, "and I don’t do anything." They are also treated with disdain by Muffy, who seems to have the run of the school to rally students around sponsoring a "Guatemalan child" (they need swimwear, too). Patty and Lauren reluctantly bond with fellow square peggers Marshall Blechtman (John Fernia), an aspiring comedian always ready with a <>Saturday Night Live or Monty Python reference, and the "laid back and left back" Johnny Slash (the late Merritt Butrick), who’s New Wave, and not punk. (New Wave, he explains, is "a totally different head; totally").

Each episode brings some new fresh hell for Patty and Lauren, but also some hope that their fortunes will somehow change and their stock will rise (in the pilot episode, Patty impresses a "stone fox" upperclassman, and in another, she's Vinnie's leading lady in the Chorus Line-inspired school musical, "A Cafeteria Line"). Until then, cup size may trump IQ, but friendship will trump popularity. Weemawee High School appears to be based in New York, but everything else about the show is totally Los Angeles, from, like, Jennifer’s Valley Girl-speak to an appearance in one episode by Steve Sax and the Dodgers. The laugh track is as lame and half-hearted as the one employed by SCTV, but the show’s left of center spirit shines through. Two standout episodes feature, respectively, Bill Murray (Beatts’ former National Lampoon and <>SNL colleague) as an unorthodox substitute teacher, and Devo, who performs at Muffy’s New Wave Bat Mitzvah. And that’s Wally Cleaver himself, Tony Dow, as Patty’s estranged divorced father in what passes as a Very Special two-part holiday episode. Square Pegs is totally '80s (in one episode, Marshall's Pac-Man addiction can only be cured by an intervention by Don Novello’s Father Guido Sarducci), but the Waitress’s indelible theme song ("I’d like it if they like us/But I don’t think they like us") sets just the right pathetic/persevering tone that will resonate for a new generation for whom "one size does not fit all." --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Linker, Jami Gertz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 491 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00151QYT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Casario on June 2, 2008
Format: DVD
They took the cheap way out and didn't license most of the great 80s tunes as heard when the show originally aired. In some places it's obvious, like when Marshal introduces a Minor Threat song while DJing at the school radio station and they play some generic dreck. Other times, it's more subtle, like every scene in the diner originally had music playing in the background, and now there's just nothing.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Edward Aycock on May 14, 2008
Format: DVD
I used to watch this every Monday night, and then the kids at school would all talk about it the next day. Sadly, the show died a premature death, which was a bummer as I always wanted to see Lauren and Patty grow and get over not being part of the in-crowd. Oh well, we can all pretend Patty became a famous New York sex columnist ...

Now to the DVDs. I've seen the set and all I can say is, "Totally New Wave."

Fans of the show will be thrilled to know that all the episodes are here as they were originally presented - crystal clear, with the Waitresses and Devo's appearances intact and the full 24 minute running times. Of course, we have to suffer through the awful canned laughter, there was no option to get rid of it.

This show brings back memories for sure, and it's hard to believe it's been over a quarter of a century. Is that even possible?

A great feature of the DVDs is the cast interviews. The only members missing are Merritt Buttrick, who passed away in 1989, and Jon Caliri who played Vinnie. It's fun to see Tracy Nelson and Claudette Wells together again.

Will a new generation appreciate the show? Who knows, but for a lot of us, this is a great piece of nostalgia and a funny show.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By mr. smith on April 12, 2008
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on a much higher level than almost anything ever done about high school . its also funny as hell and done at at a time where most high shool characters were student body president or head cheerleader, now most teen characters are cooly reflective outsiders. This show is long over due but is arguably the best comedy about TEEN life ever
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Huston on June 4, 2008
Format: DVD
...but the show's still a gem. good transfer, clear picture, decent interview extras, nice set. a great cast working from clever scripting that was far more adult than i remembered (my favorite has to be the 60s-era teacher who has to keep cutting off his reminiscences about drugs before the kids get wise to him). the missing songs did diminish the nostalgic rush of seeing these episodes again after 25 or so years - i missed the reruns on nick at nite - though i wonder if the missing music will really make a difference to anyone who doesn't have prior knowledge of the show. still, i would've given five stars if the soundtrack was intact.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DEWEY M. VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
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After she starred on Broadway as "Annie" and long before she became Carrie Bradshaw from "Sex and The City," Sarah Jessica Parker portrayed Weemawee High School outcast Patty Greene in the short-lived but fondly remembered 1982-1983 CBS sitcom "Square Pegs." The series struck a major emotional chord with me at the time; for I was also a major "square peg" in high school. Looking at it now after 25 years, I appreciate the show's satirical spin on high school horrors more than ever but, also, I still feel the pain. This proves how very much on the mark "Square Pegs" was and still is.
The series revolved around Patty and Lauren's (Amy Linker) relentless pursuit of "Popularity." The two misfit girls actually DID FIT IN quite well with class comedian Marshall Blechtman (John Femia) and his constantly "zoned out" sidekick Johnny Slash (The late Merrick Butrick, whom the cast recalls fondly on a sweet remembrance in the DVD'S "Weemawee Yearbook Memories" Segments).
Some of "Square Pegs" is dated; particularly the "Pac-Man Fever" episode, in which Father Guido Sarduchi from "Saturday Night Live" cures Marshall of his video game addiction. And snotty Jennifer's (Tracy Nelson) vapid "Valley Girl act"-- "like, gross me out the door!"-- grows old very quickly. But several other episodes, including "Halloween XII," "A Simple Attachment," and "Weemaweegate" skillfully mix humor and genuine charm.
Sarah Jessica Parker, wearing glasses that her character Patty despises, is as luminous, lovely, and talented as ever. I'd take Patty Greene ANY DAY over Carrie Bradshaw in "Sex and The City!" But it's Merrick Butrick and Jami Gertz who really go to the head of the class and steal the show with their inspired comic portrayals of Johnny Slash and Muffy Tepperman, respectively.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Patriarch on May 23, 2008
Format: DVD
Great show + great characters + horrible production = cult favorite.

When they started showing this on Nick-at-nite for some 80s flashback I fell in love. This was a pretty cool experiment when it first came out. A show that was supposed to be a hip teen sitcom that failed due to a lot of problems behind the set, according to TV guide. And those problems are definitely there. The laugh track plays what seems to be randomly. Sometimes it goes off when they don't really make a joke, and other times there is a hilarious joke and it doesn't go off! You get the idea that the lunatics were running the asylum if you know what I mean.

The characters are all great and original.

Patty and Lauren are the two heroines, a couple of nerds desperately trying to be popular. Patty is the suffering artist type that writes poetry that she "doesn't want anyone to read," and has a dry sense of humor with an unhealthy insecurity about her glasses. Lauren is mostly over concerned about her weight and her braces. She is usually found being annoyed by the comings on of Marshell Bleckman. "You can't get affection from a coffee table!"

Johnny Slash is the New-wave/punk enthusiast who is perhaps too hip for this dull school. He spends most of his free time in "the city." He's always wearing headphones and is in no way concerned with peoples' impressions about him. "When some people have something to say they say it with greeting cards. I have something to say but I want to say it with a bunch of people behind me making a lot of noise." The only one of the four that is not really a nerd, he just doesn't with in with the crowd.
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Anyone know if this is COMPLETE and UNCUT?
Oh wow, have only now just learned of a DVD release for "Square Pegs" I loved the show as a teenager in the early 8os and sometimes taped episodes.
Am happy it's been released although my recollection is it only ran 1 season, a year only, is that right?
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Sir, I am glad to hear someone voicing the SAME opinions as myself and my wife on Amazon. The kissing of corporate butt needs to stop! Either give us the entire and INTACT product or don't give us anything! Of course, you know all the idiots would buy this regardless because 'oh it's been so... Read More
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