|The Most Popular Girls in School|
Cast of MPGIS (Clockwise from upper left: Cameron, Shay, Jenna, Rachel, Deandra, Brittnay, Mackenzie and Trisha)
Mark Cope |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||82|
Tiffany L. Gray
|Lily Vonnegut (seasons 1-4)|
Extra Credit Studios|
Universal Cable Productions (season 5)
|Original release||May 1, 2012- present|
The Most Popular Girls in School (abbreviated MPGIS) is an American stop-motion animated comedy web series that debuted on YouTube on May 1, 2012. Created by Mark Cope and Carlo Moss, the series animates Barbie, Ken and other fashion dolls, usually with customized costumes and hairstyles, as various characters. MPGIS follows the exploits of a fictional high school cheerleading team in Overland Park, Kansas and their friends, family and enemies. Variety described the series as "Mean Girls meets South Park". The first episode has been viewed over nine million times, and many episodes have received views in the millions.
In April 2013, MPGIS parodied the viral email rant of Delta Gamma sorority member Rebecca Martinson by having the character Brittnay Matthews (voiced by Lily Vonnegut) reenact the so-called "Deranged Sorority Girl Email". The MPGIS video went viral itself. On May 1, 2018, Extra Credit Studios announced a sixth season as well as opened a Patreon to crowdfund MPGIS in addition to new spin-off shows Keeping Up With The Van Burens and Models.
Domineering Head Cheerleader Mackenzie Zales and her absent-minded fellow cheerleader Trisha Cappelletti confront new Overland Park High School student Deandra when she attempts to use their restricted restroom. They broker an alliance just as Shay van Buren--the most popular girl in school outside of the cheer squad--and her sisters drag the cheerleaders into a bitter feud, hoping to finally crush Mackenzie's cheerleading reign.
Outside this drama, cheerleader Brittnay Matthews breaks up with her dimwitted second-string quarterback boyfriend Blaine, who immediately begins dating her nemesis, the annoyingly French exchange student Saison Marguerite. Brittnay is further infuriated by the Cheer Squad/Van Buren feud and the acceptance of new girl Deandra into the confidence of the squad.
Meanwhile, lonely lurker Jonathan Getslinhaumer tries to get the attention of the football team with his strange slang and empty threats, which mostly leaves them repulsed by his unconscious sexual innuendos. Finally, the unpopular and unattractive Rachel Tice, a childhood friend of Brittnay and Mackenzie who has since fallen out of favor, plots with her friend Judith to try improve their social status. Rachel's moody sister Bridget occasionally makes an appearance to offer disdainful ridicule, and Lunch Lady Belinda cannot quite hide her crush on the dazzling Overland Park alumna Cameron Van Buren.
Later plotlines include the rivalry with cheerleaders from Atchinson High School, a sabotaged prom and a carefully planned revenge plot against Mackenzie.
The first four seasons take place in the girls' Junior year at Overland Park, while season 5 is set during a summer vacation with multiple locations.
|Carlo Moss||Deandra the New Girl||Main|
|Kate Frisbee||Mackenzie Zales||Main|
|Lily Vonnegut||Brittnay Matthews||Main|
|Mikayla Van Buren||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Garrett Mendez||Trisha Cappelletti||Main|
|Andrew Delman||Shay Van Buren||Main|
|Pete Capella||Tanner Christiansen||Main|
|Mark Cope||Jonathan "Than" Getslinhaumer||Main|
|Haley Mancini||Trisha 2||Recurring||Main|
|Afton Quast||Jenna Darabond||Guest||Main||Guest|
|Ray Hebel||Tristan McKie||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Dave Hill||Matthew Derringer||Recurring|
|Brian Konowal||Justin Michaelson||Recurring|
|Aaron Krebs||Cameron Van Buren||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|David Razowsky||Mrs. Van Buren||Guest||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Bill Sindelar||Lunch Lady Belinda||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest||Recurring|
|Christine Tarbet||Bridget Tice||Recurring||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Jessie Schneiderman||Jenna Dapananian||Recurring|
|Chloe & Zoe||Recurring|
|Carla Henderson||Taylor McDevitt||Recurring|
|Grace Helbig (season 2) / Betsy Beutler (season 5)||Jeannie Halverstad||Recurring||Recurring|
|Lee Newton||Tanya Berkowitz||Recurring||Guest|
|Michelle Visage||Mrs. Zales||Recurring||Guest|
|Janel Benisch||Juliette Bonnet||Recurring|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||May 1, 2012||November 13, 2012|
|2||17||March 5, 2013||July 23, 2013|
|3||28||November 5, 2013||May 20, 2014|
|4||12||January 6, 2015||March 31, 2015|
|5||12||June 13, 2017||August 29, 2017|
The Most Popular Girls in School animates Barbie, Ken and related Mattel fashion dolls, generic fashion dolls and various branded dolls, usually with customized costumes and hairstyles, as various characters. Other dolls used include Disney's, Ariel, Belle, Merida and Mother Gothel,Finnick Odair from The Hunger Games, Tyr Anasazi from Andromeda, and Oscar and Evanora from Oz the Great and Powerful. Guest voice talent has included Grace Helbig, Jason Earles, Lee Newton, Tyler Oakley, Michelle Visage, Kingsley, EpicLLOYD, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart.
MPGIS premiered on YouTube on May 1, 2012. The fourth season concluded on May 31, 2015, and a fifth season was not announced until April 4, 2017. A sixth season was announced at the end of the fifth season finale episode on August 29, 2017.
As of August 2017MPGIS has also produced spin-off shows The Trisha Show and Judy and Red, as well as bonus material like "Making of" and "Behind the Scenes" videos, viewer mail Q&A and "Extra Credit" (outtakes). On May 1, 2018, Extra Credit Studios opened a Patreon to crowdfund MPGIS in addition to new spin-off shows Keeping Up With The Van Burens and Models., the series' YouTube channel has over 900,000 subscribers and over 120 million views.
Variety described the series as "Mean Girls meets South Park in this trash-talking, boundary-busting high-school-set Web series, acted out by stop-motion Barbie dolls." The first episode has been viewed over 8.5 million times, and most episodes have received views in the millions.
In April 2013, MPGIS parodied the viral email rant of Delta Gamma sorority member Rebecca Martinson by having the character Brittnay Matthews (voiced by Lily Vonnegut) reenact Martinson's so-called "Deranged Sorority Girl Email". The MPGIS video went viral itself.
In January 2015, Variety reported that Charlize Theron's production company Denver and Delilah was developing a stop-motion animation series based on MPGIS with comic book writer Greg Rucka.