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Popcorn Kid aired from March until April 1987 on CBS.

The venerable old Majestic movie house, a revival theater in Kansas City, was the setting for this comedy about teenagers. It was the Majestic's policy to hire local high school kids to man the concession stand, and they were a motley group. Scott ( Bruce Norris) loved movies and dreamt of becoming a star himself someday; Willie ( Jeffrey Joseph) wanted people to see him as more than just a great athlete; Gwen ( Penelope Ann Miller) was the " intellectual," a good student who had a secret crush on Scott; and Lynn Holly ( Faith Ford) was the stereotypical dumb bombshell whose beauty was a turn-on for Scott, despite the fact that he was too shy to ask her out. Marlin ( John Christopher Jones) was the Majestic's spaced-out projectionist and Leonard ( Raye Birk) its married manager who had no kids of his own-which suited him just fine.

A Review from the Chicago Tribune

Popcorn Kid` Sorely Lacks Comedic Pop
March 23, 1987|By Clifford Terry, TV/radio critic.

Toward the beginning of ``The Popcorn Kid,`` when the supposedly 16-year- old protagonist, Scott Creasman (appealingly played by Northwestern-alumnus Bruce Norris of Broadway`s ``Biloxi Blues``), says he would like to be in the movies--perhaps as a writer--the laugh-track goes absolutely wild, as if in anticipation that that`s as good as it will get.

Which is not an entirely spurious supposition, judging from the first episode of this canine of a sitcom that is being unleashed for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Monday on CBS-Ch. 2.

Created by Barry Kemp (``Newhart,`` ``Fresno``) and Mark Ganzel, it features an ensemble of high-school classmates who work as ``popcorn pushers`` at the refreshment counter (``the last outpost of reality``) in Kansas City`s lavish old Majestic Theater. Besides spunky Scott, there is Gwen Stottlemeyer (Penelope Ann Miller, also of ``Biloxi Blues``), a sardonic sweetie who has a secret crush on our boy; Willie Dawson (Jeffrey Joseph), a black kid who rushes in every afternoon after football practice; and the wondrously named Lynn Holly Brickhouse (soap-opera ingenue Faith Ford), a blond-baby-doll airhead (Scott dubs her ``the flagship of the female fleet``) who shows up in her job interview in her cheerleading outfit and, it turns out, doesn`t know her film-buff admirer from ``Adam`s Rib.``

Also along for good measure or whatever are wacky projectionist Marlin Bond (John Christopher Jones), a Michael J. Pollard look-alike and self-styled ``man in the glass booth`` whose professional credo is, ``Keep your eyes on the flicks and not on the chicks,`` and theater manager Leonard Brown (Raye Birk), a hard-driving grinch who notes, ``My wife and I don`t have kids of our own. No reason--just never wanted them.``

In the opener, Scott tries to prevent the landmark Art Deco theater from being converted into still-another multiplex establishment--which allows the series to move along to its second episode (airing at 7:30 p.m. this Friday in what will be the regular period). This time out, Lynn Holly enters the Miss Kansas City Dream Queen pageant, which is being held at the Majestic--a contest, her pushy mother confides, is ``based on a combination of traits, although no pig has ever won.``

Taking over the task of coaching her in the talent category, Scott asks if she can twirl a baton, and is told, ``No, but in girls` relay I passed a baton.`` And then, in the one genuinely funny moment during either half-hour segment, Brickhouse demonstrates (there she is, all right) her talent ace-in- the-hole: ``lyrical cheerleading`` to the words of ``My Way.``

A Review from The New York Times

Published: March 26, 1987

CBS's ''Popcorn Kid,'' coming from MTM Productions and many of the folks who bring you Bob Newhart, has the potential to develop into this year's class act among sitcoms. The series, created by Barry Kemp (also the executive producer) and Mark Ganzel (the story editor), is set in the Art Deco lobby of an old Kansas City movie palace called the Majestic Theater. The anchor booth, so to speak, is the sparkling candy-and-popcorn counter. Working behind the counter, when not taking tickets or sweeping up, is Scott Creasman (Bruce Norris), a 16-year-old who dreams of getting into the movies, although he confesses, ''I don't even know what I'd like to be.'' Scott is pure enthusiasm and determination.

His young co-workers are wisecracking Gwen (Penelope Ann Miller); gorgeous, bubbleheaded Lynn (Faith Ford), and smooth Willie (Jeffrey Joseph). The other weekly regulars are Mr. Brown (Raye Birk), the snide, jittery theater manager, and Marlin (John Christopher Jones), the spaced-out projectionist living in his own special world of old movies. ''Everybody needs a place to escape,'' Marlin tells Scott up in the projection booth, ''and my hatch is always open.''

Last Monday's ''special preview,'' directed by the busy Mr. Mackenzie, had Scott persuading the theater's owner to drop a plan for turning the Majestic into a sterile multiplex movie house. Tomorrow, with David Steinberg directing Irene Mecchi's script, Scott is recruited to help Lynn win a beauty contest being held at the Majestic. The problem is that the pretty cheerleader seems to be utterly untalented except for a pompon routine done to the lyrics of ''My Way.'' Scott finally reverts to a lip-synching act - ''It's like being a ventriloquist, only you're the dummy,'' he says - done to a recording of the song ''People.'' All of which leads to afinale that explains the episode's title, ''There She Is - Vic Damone.''

''The Popcorn Kid'' is a cleverly conceived, nicely performed exercise, the humor just offbeat enough to separate this series from the herd. Mr. Kemp and crew have turned the difficult television trick of seeming to be fresh and genuinely charming.

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