Square Pegs to DVD – a totally different head. Totally.

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I was pretty much of a square

peg in high school. I wasn’t cool enough to be in the popular clique,

but I didn’t really fit in with the geeks, either. So, I was a die-hard

fan of Square Pegs before the first opening credits were over.





The show was a gem, even though

it lasted only one season. But if you missed it, take heart. On May

20 — finally — Square Pegs will be released on DVD.

The show had a simple enough

premise. Two freshmen girls, Lauren and Patty, wanted to be popular.

Desperately.

Oh, did I mention that Sarah

Jessica Parker
played Patty? That’s why Sony is releasing Square

Pegs
now — to coincide with Sex and the City: the Movie.

This is one case in which crass commercialism makes the world a better

place.

I think Square Pegs

died young because it was ahead of its time. Anne Beatts, one

of the original Saturday Night Live writers, created the show

and gave it an edge via topical humor and alternative music. (The

Waitresses
, of "I Know What Boys Like" fame, did the theme

song.)

My favorite character was Muffy

Tepperman (I didn’t even have to look up the name), played by Jami

Gertz
. Muffy was captain of the pep squad, science fair organizer,

head of the Morals Club, member of Future Nurses of America and the

official fundraiser for Weemawee High School’s Guatemalan child.

Devo played at her bat mitzvah. Don’t you miss Devo?

The Square Pegs DVD

will be a 3-disc set with a new interview with Parker, behind-the-scenes

footage and other "extras" like French subtitles. I don’t

know why, either. I hope the show is as good as I remember. Because

sometimes I still feel like a square peg.

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