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Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
per Muffy's suggestion, i ordered the show dvd set and received it this morning! [Smile]

i have never seen it..not even a snip. i read some reviews on amazon and people rave about this music used in the wave tunes.. that sounds right up my alley. it's been brought up a lot over the years on the rewind, maybe i was missing out!

anyway, can't wait to get started on it. i will comment more as i watch and/or when i am done.

thanks again muffy. [Smile]
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
My sister was a huge "Square Pegs" fan.. so I watched it more than I probably would have if not.. but Ronnie is right about the music in the shows. Some incredible tunes and I remember The Waitresses who did the theme song were in the first show that I can remember and then there was another episode that featured the group Devo.

Ronnie when you watch it.. pay close attention to all the posters at the radio station.. I remember really enjoying them.
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
Square Pegs is one of those I ended up catching as a Saturday morning rerun in the late 80s and loved, then rediscovered on Nick at hmmmmm say about 2003? when I signed up on the Rewind? and since I always loved Jami Gertz (Jersey Girl tv movie!!) choose Muffy Tepperman as my screen could I not??


I'm lucky because Cindy Mancini made dvd transfers of the Nick at Nite episodes and I got to watch those before the dvd release....better then my vhs taped versions ha! Who knew they'd cheap on all the music for the dvd....sad.

So anyway I watched two episodes last night....and the special features on the first disc..........and man they're awesome!

My favorite.....Tracy Nelson and Claudette Wells.
They had so many cool stories to tell, they could still quote they became friends filming the show and are still best cool is that?



Definitely check this show out people....i'm excited to see what Ronnie thinks never having seen it? If it holds up as well? I just love the humor!

and i'll leave you with.........."I know what boys like........I know what guys want"


I know I couldn't help but dance in the background...haha [Big Grin]
Posted by kevdugp73 (Member # 5978) on :
I've also not seen a snippet of this show, but you guys got me interested. Might try to catch an episode or two on line before buying any DVDs though.....
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
Awesome posting Muffy! Great pics! .. hilarious about you finding a pic of you dancing in the background.

I think having The Waitresses involved from the start really helped with the music selection for the show.. but bummer about the lost of tunes on the dvd release.

Ronnie have you watched any episodes yet?
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
oh man muffy's dancing in the first episode... hilarious!! [Big Grin]

i watched 5 or 6 episodes yesterday. i stopped after the halloween episode which i loved!

the humor is great, i find lauren and patty to be so clueless in the cutest way. they are silly too.

i was going to say, that the girl who plays lauren, she had such a thin face but her body didn't match to me.. so i looked her up and found out she wore padding in the show?...along with the braces.

and i assumed the show was cancelled because the entire season is 20 eps, but i also read it most likely was due to drug use on the set? something like that..

that sucks. it's such a cute show.

jennifer's valley girl talk is annoying, well, maybe not the talk, but her voice ha!
but i love that blue/polka dotted top she wears in the picture muffy posted above.

LD is funny too.. "girrrrrl" [Wink]

i am definitely liking it! it' written very well and i love all the cut-downs!

kev.. i hear ya on not wanting to buy it, i wouldn't have done that, but it was very cheap on amazon.. around 6 or 7 only reason for doing it that way.

i love looking at the backgrounds.. the clothes and i haven't heard any music since they first ep with the waitresses. but i am looking forward to the devo ep!
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
My favorite.....Tracy Nelson and Claudette Wells.
They had so many cool stories to tell, they could still quote they became friends filming the show and are still best cool is that?

Nose job!

I'm gonna Youtube some of these.
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
I'm glad you like it Ronnie....they talk about how awesome the humor was.....when you watch the extras let me know? because they talk about the fact they filmed in Norwalk? and that the suits of the network didn't take alot of participation in the series and that might be why it wasn't renewed?

Logan!!! I feel so bad for my screenshots because it clearly looks that way....that was totally on accident!! [Smile] it's hard to get shots where people don't look half smiled ha.
Posted by 80'sRocked (Member # 6979) on :
I never even heard of this show until joining here and "meeting" our very own Muffy Tepperman of the rewind. Still haven't seen any episodes yet, but I am curious now.
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
whoa...didn't notice that profile shot until i read logan's post.. ha!
Posted by xchazx (Member # 7158) on :
this was one of my favorite shows. i was bummed wwhen it was cancelled.

i think devo played on one of the episodes. that alone is cool enough.
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
I just watched the Halloween episode and then skimmed through my old copy.....because I thought for sure there was music playing in the background at the slumber party.........nope, was the same.....I'll have to check some of the dinner scenes from other episodes later? [Smile] I'll let you folks know......
Posted by Veronica Sawyer (Member # 2221) on :
Added this to my Netflix muffy! Will hopefully get it early next week.
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
yay! Let us know when you're watching I know you will love it [Big Grin]
Posted by The Good Package (Member # 9492) on :
i have never heard of this show before, if i were to watch it what could i expect
Posted by oneyedwilly (Member # 8730) on :
never ever forever heard of this and now im feeling all left out, alone and depressed...not really...just curious now and jamie G is pretty hot stuff, so i will see what this whole fuss on the rewind, which seems to be the hot topic at the moment, and go watch a couple of episodes.
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
Awww Willy you are not left out! haha That's why Ronnie started this post to spread the word!! woo hooo.... get on it and report really is just a fun quirky show that is fun to watch now for the 80ness and the jokes still hold up. It's free on Hulu people........
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
I think because the show didn't last long it never left America. Although... I don't recall 'The Facts of Life' ever being shown over here either.

There's only one Muffy Tepperman that really matters, though [Wink]
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
Probably one of the best pilot episodes of the 80's.. it kind of had a "Sixteen Candles" feel to it only Sarah Jessica Parker didn't find her Jake Ryan in Larry Simpson.

"Square Pegs" had such witty dialogue .. as a fan of "Valley Girl" my biggest issue with the show was the exaggerate Val speak. Tracy Nelson's character Jennifer annoyed me to the max. ha.

And Muffy .. you choose a great name based on the show.. you are always in charge or at least we let you think it. [Razz]

Marshall cracked me up with all his impersonations and wacky ideas.. and Johnny Slash while an oddball 'like spaghetti and peanut butter' was quite entertaining.

Probably one of the coolest things about going back and watching it now would be getting to see 80's fashion, cassette tapes, boom boxes, 80's shades, walkmans, and musical artists such as The Wattresses and Devo. The set decorations like the creative posters and seasonal decor used were just outstanding.

I think what impressed me the most was how each show had heart. And it reminded me that some of my best memories from high school are from going through it with my best friend.


My fav episode was the Halloween slumber party episode.. hey.. you know guys enjoy crashing slumber parties. Plus, they did a cute reference to the movie "Halloween" with the views through a mask. Ms. Loomis (fitting name) was great by pulling out the notes in a bowl game and of course a Ouija board.

I used to know a girl named LaDonna that worked in my office building and I would joke with her that her mom must have been a "Square Pegs" fan. She finally told me that she asked her mom and she loved the show.. but that wasn't where her name came from.. I don't believe her.. do you?

Finally.. the radio station/bedroom posters that I mentioned above to watch for include: Soft Cell, The Tom Tom Club, Modern English, Blondie, The B-52's, The Tubes, Sweet Roma Stranger, .. but the one that always shocked me that was allowed to hang on the wall was Killer Pu*** .

Definitely a show that everyone should check out!

Wait.. Muffy .. remember the episode with the love meter.. where you stood up in front of the class and said that it won't go off no matter who the class said that you loved.. then the class yelled out Muffy Tepperman and it went crazy! [Wink]

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Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
wow.. I just watched the Devo episode on Hulu.. that was GJWTHF Dance TV's Richard Blade on it! so cool..

This just became my second fav episode..

Everybody it's a good thing!

Really like the fashion at the New Wave bar mitzvah. Lauren looked 80's new wave cool and LaDonna was pretty in pink.

Loved Johnny singing "get back to me.. I'll get back to you!"

I might watch a few more shows!!
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
Awesome Valley!! I really like the Halloween episode! "like look it's the Mandrell sisters"

that's as far as I have gotten re watching.....Seriously Muffy really does stand out doesn't she.........wacky and hilarious! Jami Gertz just plays her so well. [Smile]

and awwww Logan [Embarrassed] haha

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Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
Just watched Muffy's Bat Mitzvah yesterday...the most recalled episode of Square Pegs for sure....because of DEVO!

Thought i'd make some screenshots for fun to entice those who haven't seen them yet?


We translated Valley Girl for the little guatemalan girl, she's gotta invite us......



only through the back entrance


girl this gefilte fish is from the jar




check Grandma and Grandpa...
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
i loved seeing the Devo episode!

they were so cool..i don't think i have ever watched them sing anything. it was awesome! [Smile]

then i saw 'hardly working.'.. at first, i thought jennifer's val talk was hard to listen to.. but it totally makes me laugh now.

i also noticed that in some episodes, there is recorded audience when they crack jokes and then in others, it's quiet haha, this show is all over the place.
plus, in the devo episode, they were at the Grease and i heard tunes in the background... what?? ha
Posted by Veronica Sawyer (Member # 2221) on :
Like, I just watched like, the first episode of Square Pegs last night and I like, loved it [Smile]

Muffy, I giggled when Jami Gertz was like, "hello everyone, I'm Muffy Tepperman." I love her facial funny!

I agree with what VAlley said, that the first ep. had a 16 candles feel to it. Can't wait to watch more!
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
glad you liked it, Veronica. i wouldn't have watched this show if it hadn't been for Muffy and Valley.

i love it!
Posted by Veronica Sawyer (Member # 2221) on :
I'm up to episode 7 now. I think my favorite episode so far was the Halloween one! I liked that little game they played with the notes, so 80's.
Posted by Valley (Member # 1322) on :
Veronica.. the Devo episode will change all that! ha

Actually the Halloween episode is my fav too! [Cool]

Hey Ronster.. did you finish all of the episodes?
Posted by Muffy Tepperman (Member # 1551) on :
I'm so glad you guys are discovering it that didn't know it!!

It's such a great example of 80s ,tunes, sitcomness.......but really most of all it was so well written I can't say it enough!!

Watch the extras it's worth it!
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
I've only watched the few that were on YouTube... but I liked them! I'm not too keen on the characters that are written to be extra-dumb (the blonde guy, the Italiano guy and his GF) but apart from that it's lots of fun. Some of the interviews with the cast are on YouTube too.

Random thoughts:

SJP is really likeable in this.

I think Tracy Nelson is a FOX! (There's a 'Celebrity Hauntings' thing on YouTube with her that will freak you out - don't watch it!)

"We've created a monster!"
"We didn't create a monster - Mr and Mrs Tepperman did!"

That's it.
Posted by Ronnie (Member # 465) on :
ok i am done with all episodes and the extras! [Smile]

i'm glad i got through it and took my time with it. the interviews were all great and interesting.

and i had no idea about Johnny Slash [Frown] . what a cute guy and when the cast talked about him, they had a lot of nice things to say.

i did notice all the comments on Bill Murray and everyone sort of hinting how 'odd' he was on set. ha

best episode...halloween one, same as you guys! it's truly a cute show, glad i checked it out!
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
"Square Pegs" was a great series. I never saw it when it was originally out, but about 6-7 years ago I finally caught the whole series on DVD.

I didn't realize until watching the show on DVD that it starred Sarah Jessica Parker, who went on to achieve much greater fame in the 200X hit comedy, "Sex and the City".

It was also cool that the iconic '80's rock group "The Waitresses" wrote/sung the theme song to the series; note that TW are best known for their iconic Christmas song, "Christmas Wrapping" - that you still sometimes hear on the radio around the holidays.

Trivia: The actor who played Johnny Slash also played Captain Kirk's son in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" - not a huge fan of the Trek films, but I will say this is one of the best in the series.

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Posted by Pittsburghgirl (Member # 7514) on :
I remember watching this when I was in middle school. I didn't watch a lot of episodes, because we normally had to watch whatever my parents wanted to watch, and they hated this show. I'll have to look on YouTube to see if there are any episodes. The thing that sticks out for me was Muffy's campaign to feed the starving children of Guatemala!
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
I remember seeing bits & pieces of Square Pegs when it was originally on TV back in the '80's, but not only did I think it was a "girl's" show (LOL), but I was in middle school at the time, and the show was about high school kids - so, I didn't think I could relate to the series too well - LOL.

However, when I finally caught this years later my '80's nostalgia was in full swing, so I appreciated it all the more.

In general, I've noticed that many TV shows/movies & even music that I didn't care for as a kid, I'll end up liking as an adult. Our tastes sometimes really do change as we get older.

It looks like Amazon is selling the entire series on DVD for a truly incredible price. I'm actually surprised the DVD set is still available - it first came out in 2008, so I would have thought it would be Out-of-print (OOP) by now:

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