The Most Popular Girls in School is a stop-motion animated series created by Mark Cope and Carlo Moss and produced by Lily Vonnegut that centers around the highly aggressive and vulgar misadventures of the most popular girls at a fictional high school in Overland Park, Kansas. The easiest way to conceptualize the show is “South Park meets Mean Girls.” The Overland Park High Cheer Squad, led by head cheerleader Mackenzie Zales and co-head vice captain Brittnay Matthews, is constantly at war with any number of rival factions trying to usurp their popularity. These groups include a family of Overland Park socialites known as the Van Burens, a rival cheer squad from the neighboring town of Atchison, and a group of former cheerleaders who have become hipsters bent on overthrowing popularity as we know it. Besides a never-ending struggle for power, the girls also go through all the trials and tribulations anyone in high school goes through: relationships, sex, prom, parties, etc.
Since first launching as its own channel in May of 2012, The Most Popular Girls in School has garnered more than 100 million views and more than 850,000 subscribers. The show has been featured on Good Morning America, Variety, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, College Humor, Know Your Meme, Logo’s NewNowNext, Oh No They Didn’t, as well as thousands of blogs and Tumblr sites. The creators have launched successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to fund the past three seasons, and all campaigns have not only met their goals, but exceeded them with time to spare. When in season, new episodes are released weekly and range from eight to fifteen minutes in length. The channel also releases a weekly bonus video which, in the past, has included Behind the Scenes Featurettes, Cast Trivia Contests, Blooper Reels, Viewer Mail Episodes, and Top 10 Countdowns among other content. Due to the overwhelming of support from the show’s fanbase, in late 2013, the channel launced a third weekly video: Fan Friday Videos. In these videos, the cast and creators answer questions from the fans on social media and highlight the various creative ways that fans around the world are supporting the show including fan art, tribute videos, cosplaying, takeovers of popular websites, and even the occasional decorative cake.
Check out the first episode of MPGiS below, as well as a look behind the scenes of our fourth season, shot entirely at the Youtube Space in Los Angeles.