was a rather short-lived comedy that ran from 1982 to
1983 on CBS. This series was about two nerdy friends,
Patty Greene (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lauren
Hutchinson (Amy Linker), who tried to fit into the
cliques at Weemawee High School. The show was created
by SNL writer Anne Beatts, and although geared towards a
teenage audience, some of the subject matter was
considered risqué by 80’s standards. Early on, the show
had very good ratings, and despite the fact that critics
liked it, the ratings fell sharply and the show was
Patty (Parker) was a smart and
well-adjusted teenager, but a bit awkward, not quit
fitting in (a “square peg”). Her best friend Lauren
(Linker) is a bit overweight and even more awkward than
Patty. Lauren very much desired to hang out with the
cool kids, and much of the show’s premise revolved
around Lauren dragging Patty into some scheme that will
land the duo in the right clique. Fans of the show will
remember that each episode began with the following
Lauren: "Listen. I've got this whole high school thing
psyched out. It all breaks down into cliques."
Lauren: "Yeah, you know. Cliques. Little in-groups of
different kids. All we have to do is click with the
right clique, and we can finally have a social life
that's worthy of us."
Patty: "No way! Not even with cleavage."
Lauren: "I tell you, this year we're going to be
Lauren: "Yeah. Even if it kills us."