YouTube. The glorious, mindless, educational, stupid, amazing, video streaming site. From tutorials and how-to’s to boys falling down steps on their skateboards. Whatever you want, you can find. Over the years YouTube has spurred some pseudo celebrities, dance crazes, and plenty of memes. The glorious thing about YouTube is anyone and everyone can create and post a video with the press of a button.
So, with billions of videos floating around the internet, how does one stand out? By creating something original, engaging, and extra points for funny, that’s how. It only takes one viewer to turn your video into a million time viewed wonder. That’s where “The Most Popular Girls in School” has taken the reigns. An R-rated web series about the crazy life of popular high school girls told through Barbies. Yes, Barbies. The Most Popular Girls in School (TMPGiS) quickly gained a following for its crude humor, crazy characters, and overall hilarious take on high school life in Overland Park, Kansas.
Created by Carlo Moss and Mark Cope, TMPGiS was originally a comedy skit written by Moss and intended to be acted out as a sketch with real live people. Cope, wanting to expand his work with stop animation, came across Moss and his sketch at a comedy club. The two teamed up to create the idea of Barbies acting out Moss’ sketch and thus the new phenomena was born. Creating a bevy of characters and story lines, the one time sketch turned into a thirteen part mini series.
Not long after the first series of videos were created, websites such as Reddit and Tumblr stumbled upon TMPGiS. The videos quickly spread through the internet and soon everyone was a fan, finding new things to do with the material. The popularity of the videos spurred memes, homemade videos, fan art, and even mash ups between TMPGiS and Les Miserables.
With season 2 of TMPGiS right around the corner, the creators are looking to kick things up a notch. By adding new characters, sets, and story lines, they will aim to build off the sudden popularity of the web series.
The series has quickly become my favorite thing on YouTube right now. It’s quotable and hilariously entertaining. The characters and story lines are ridiculous and that’s what makes TMPGiS such a gem. Make sure you catch up before season 2 starts: here! You don’t want to be the least popular girl (or boy) on the internet.