It's kind of annoying, that there's so much bad tv and so much money spent on some of the shows that are being produced, but the great shows that really should have made it gotten bigger and gotten a few more seasons, didn't the chance to. Freaks and Geeks is really one of those shows that didn't the chance. For whatever reason, it didn't continue, but it was really a great a show. One of my favorite, it starts a bit slow at first, but once you meet the characters, it's a show you'll want to continue to know more. Watch it on DVD
One of the things that really pulled me into the show was the ingenious story and scriptwriting that remained consistently excellent during the entire span of 18 episodes. I like how the show focuses on different point of views from both the "Freaks" and the "Geeks" within the cast, sometimes revealing an ambiguous line between the two labels as the characters begin to expose themselves as human beings. Seth Rogen's deadpan humor in the show was a treat despite only getting a slight attention to character development due to the show's early demise. There are also many other characters in the crew of the show that had the potential of being more dynamic had Freaks and Geeks continued broadcasting. Fortunately, many of the actors that made their debut on the show used it as a launching pad for their careers, several continuing their work with Judd Apatow or remain in the industry, such as James Franco and Linda Cardellini.
Had Freaks and Geeks been aired more recently, I'm sure the show would've been a major hit that quite possibly could've went on for more than two seasons. With the major success Apatow is experiencing from his comedy hits such as Knocked Up and Superbad, it'd be wishful thinking to see him and Paul Feig get together again one last time for a Freaks and Geeks film.
This is my all time favorite show, From the brilliant cast to the realistic plots.
Anyone reading this wondering if they should get it, Do it, You wont regret it.
It takes place in high school where you get to follow the struggle of two totally different types of characters with their respective type of friends.
Lindsey who was one of the smart kids recently lost her grandmother wich made her reflect on her life and changing it, She now tries to fit in with the cool gangs who's lives mostly revolves around drugs and booze.
And her younger brother who is a real Geek trying desperatly to keep his sister out of trouble while having a bunch of them on his own.
The highpoints of this show is definetly the cast and the realism, I definetly feel this is how high school was, And you are bound to symphatize and recognize some of it.
This cult classic was unjustly cancelled by NBC but than again, they placed it on Saturday dead night. This one-season show is available in it's entirety on DVD including three un-aired shows from the series. Go buy it and watch in full.
I just finished watching the complete series of Freaks and Geeks and it left me wanting more. Sadly, I am unable to watch more episodes of Freaks and Geeks as NBC executives cancelled just over halfway into the series due to low ratings. Low ratings came as a result of placing a series on Saturday nights.
The series focuses on Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and her brother Sam (John Francis Daley) during the year of 1980-81.
They are joined in the cast by the Freaks: Daniel Desario (James Franco), Ken Miller (Seth Rogen), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), and Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps). The Geeks include: Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr). The Weir parents were Harold and Jean, played by Joe Flaherty and Becky Ann Baker.
The series starts as Lindsay wants a change in her life. She's tired of being just the smart mathlete and starts hanging out with the freaks. Sam and his friends are tired of being geeks and want to fit in.
There were notable guest appearances on this show, often going unhyped, with the likes of Ben Stiller, Shia LaBeouf, Rashida Jones, Allan Covert, Ben Foster, Jason Schwartzmann, David Koechner etc.
It's evident from the get go that Sam likes Cindy Sanders, a cheerleader, who likes Sam because he's nice. However, we don't find out til later on that she likes Todd, a jock. Towards the end of the series, Cindy starts dating Sam but they have nothing in common as evidenced by the fact that she doesn't find anything funny about The Jerk while the theater is laughing up a storm.
Bill's mom is dating Mr. Ben Fredericks (played by Thomas F. Wilson of Back to the Future fame), the gym teacher. Bill is upset at first but then they start to get to know each other better. Towards the end of the series, he and Vicki, the head cheerleader actually make out during "7 minutes in heaven."
Other great casting choices included Dave "Gruber" Allen as the guidance counselor and David Krumholtz as Neal's older brother, barry.
All in all, this was a great series. The casting played a huge role--Allison Jones, Coreen Mayrs and Jill Greenberg won an Emmy award for Outstanding casting. Two episodes were nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Pilot, Discoes and Dragons).
Judd Apatow and Paul Feig should be commended for their work on this series. Despite low ratings, it has become a cult classic.
While the other teenage shows of the 90's, such as Dawson's Creek were about "pretty" whiny people with their soap operatic problems, here comes a show that finally actually showed a realistic portrayal of high school. It was canceled. UGH.
In this short-lived, but highly influential television show, the stories of "freaks", Led Zeppelin idolizing, pot smoking, fake id pursuing teenagers, and "geeks", Star Wars obsessing, Bill Murray quoting, never had a date in their life teens come together in a highly realistic way, complete with not just laughs, but also all the heartache, pain and social issues of high school. A lot of the cast has since been more famous, James Franco, for example, now playing Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man movies, and Seth Rogen, starring in such hit comedies The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, both directed by series producer Judd Apatow. The DVD is definitely worth with its almost unhealthily obsessive plethora of extras. R.I.P. Freaks and Geeks. You died before your time.
Time to review this show, sitting here with my own Sam Weir on my lap. His name wasn't intentional, by the way...originally. I liked the name Sam, and he just LOOKED more like a Sam than any of my other name options when he was born, but then when I thought about it, well, I'm proud of his Freaks and Geeks connection now. (Ironically, though, I HAD considered naming him Lindsay if he was a girl, and that WAS on purpose). Is this dooming my son to a life of geekitude? And is that so bad? Surely his genes have already doomed him, with two geek parents (his dad was actually freak AND geek at once). But this show offers him, and all of us, hope that we REALLY AREN'T ALONE. Why do so many shows MISS that concept? Why do the creators of most high school shows make the freak or geek of the school a stereotype and a loner, instead of the real, well-rounded people with real lives (freaky or geeky as those lives may be) portrayed in this show? You start to wonder about the actual lives of people you knew only by reputation-- or even just vaguely by sight-- in your own school. You wonder about their own particular uniqueness beyond whatever clique (or lack thereof) they seemed to belong to. What was going on with them? What brilliance, kindness, or hilarity did you completely miss out on for only seeing their standing in the social hierarchy? Keep in mind this wondering, in this review, is being done by someone who was a nuance-less geek to her own classmates, someone who you'd think would be better about seeing through stereotypes than most people. Imagine what the in-crowd could learn from an honest portrayal of high school's underbelly! Maybe that's why this show got cancelled, and the countless sappy high school dramas about the popular kids and the token nerd live on. Maybe the truth is too uncomfortable for people. Well, that's because it WAS uncomfortable -- high school, that is. But it was also full of priceless moments of growth-- figuring out who you are and who everyone else is, figuring out the world and your place, figuring out how to be yourself and yet belong in a group. And sometimes it was just plain funny.
I consider this show an extended miniseries. Buy the whole thing, rent it, borrow it, whatever-- watch it again and again as a whole.
Caught a couple of episodes on late night tv when it aired in australia. The only bad thing about the show was the cancellation. Ending on the disco episodes was a huge let down 'DISCO SUCKS', but the great actors, real scripts (not focused on the cheery chearleaders) and style had me hooked
It was a show not about the decade it represented, nor the decade in which it aired. It was a show that took place in 1980 but was not about the eighties but rather about the end of the seventies, much like American Graffiti is not about the 60s but the end of the fifties. Freaks and Geeks was a show that did not last a full season, in spite of the fact that it was wildly funny, and at the same time full of all of the drama and angst that any true high school show should have. A friend of mine once said that this was comedy that was built around drama, instead of drama built around comedy. This is what make Freaks and Geeks the brilliant show that it was. High School, both in retrospect, and from the outside looking in is extremely funny, especially two decades removed. Yet one cannot remove the drama that surrounds high school, the drama that transcends every high school. Although it was brilliantly written and acted, and had the universal themes that transcend, many high school experiences, Freaks and Geeks failed to ever attract an audience. The shows outline is divided into three environments or groups, the older kids, consisting of the main character Lindsay Weir, and her interactions with her friends. Lindsay is trying to break out of her straight A “math-lete” image, and is played by Linda Cardellini. Her friends are considered the “freaks” of the school, because the often cut class, do drugs and are in a rock band. The underlying message that Lindsay puts across to these people is that they will eventually have to do something with their lives and they should start now. They begin to see their full potential thought not with out resistance to their old ways. The “freaks” include James Dean like, angst filled, “devil may care” attitude, Daniel, played by James Fanco (who would ironically go on to play Dean in a biographical TV movie). Dan’s girlfriend Kim who is the epitome of female independence, played by Busy Philipps. The lovable drummer but often misguided, confused, and over controlled by his military father Nick, played by Jason Segel. Finally the “freaks” are rounded out by laid back, rock loving Ken, played by Seth Rogen. The second group are the “geeks” this group is led by Sam Weir, Lindsay’s younger brother. Sam is a 107 pound freshman boy with all such problems such as girls, bullies, and friends. Sam is played by John Francis Daley. His best friends are Neil, and Bill. Neil, played by Samm Levine, is the typical neurotic Jew, who though he never has had a girlfriend thinks he knows exactly what a relationship should consist of. Bill doesn’t know much about anything but is the classic lanky geek with glasses, and is an excellent straight man to Sam and Neil, played by Martin Starr. The third environment, is everything outside these two groups, and where these two environments come together, This is often, around the Weir’s dinner table. This is where the parents try, and usually fail, to offer their sage advise to their children. The parents do not have all the answers, and are often out of touch with their children, and their children’s culture. They make mistakes while always meaning well. The parents love their children and the children love their parents, but they never see quite eye to eye. The father, in the pilot episode constantly talks about people like Jimi Hendrix and Janice Jopplin, and the why they are dead, but he does not relate their causes of death to drugs or alcohol but rather to cutting class. The rest of this environment is the other groups outside of the freaks and geeks who don’t quite understand them. In many ways this show is about two stories on people’s place, the first is Lindsay’s trying to work her way into being to accepted by the group she desires to be in, the freaks. She constantly is torn between her old life and her new. She eventually will settle some where in the middle, this comes to a climax in the final episode when Lindsay makes a surprising choice, that contributes to the freaks breaking up. The other story is Sam’s trying to break out of the geeks and yet constantly being thrown back, and eventually accepting his place, and being proud of it. The real charm of the show is in its setting. Set at the start of the eighties it centers around much of the pop culture that was fading from the seventies. The constantly references to the hard/experimental rock music, like bands Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and the Who; while also dropping names like the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and Clash obvious allusions to the punk movement. These are countered with the more bubble gum references like the disco movement. Characters are dealing with a change in culture, a time where members of their favorite bands are dying (John Bonham of Led Zeppelin) and their favorite pop culture icons are not where they are supposed to be (Bill Murray of SNL). It is set in such a time that it can naively examine issues like drugs, sex, and identity issues. Drugs while they are a big part of the show are in many ways simply a cultural symbol, not glorified, but usually background. It makes no apologies for its stances on drugs, alcohol, and sex, but merely tries to represent what was the outlook by high schoolers at this time. Freaks and Geeks offered an answer to the typical jock view of high school. Freaks and Geeks in many ways, was an update to The Wonder Years, which had ten years earlier tried much of the same angle, and been very successful. This show was not like shows, with a more family geared audience like Family Ties, or 7th Heaven. In Freaks and Geeks the children are disconnected from their parents, they disagree with their parents, and their parents feel this distance and in many ways respect the gap. The show also is not like Beverly Hills 90201, Dawson’s Creek, or The O.C. in that it does not take itself so seriously and takes a humorous approach to high school. The drama is not heightened merely by the fact that there is drama (like as in many of the other shows that I have mentioned), but rather, the situations are handled with the attitude “This is what is happening and I have to deal with it.” In the same way it is not a Saved by the Bell approach which, though it tried to tackle serious issues could not do so effectively because of of the silliness of the overall show. Freaks and Geeks rather takes a more realistic approach in which the audience laughs at things because of the seriousness with which the characters look at the world and situations. Their outlooks are funny because they are genuine, they are actually what many of us may have thought like in high school. The situations are seem more real than many sitcoms or drama on television. Though many story lines are predictable, new spins are often put on old situations. For example, in the second episode the main characters’ parents are going out of town and decide to leave the children at home alone. This is the obvious situation for a party and in a typical show the main character would throw a party with lots of beer, drunk friends that they do not know, and trash the house, and get caught or come close. While in Freaks and Geeks Lindsay’s younger brother exchanges the real beer, for non-alcoholic beer. The cast who unknowingly drinks the non-alcoholic beer, believes that they are drunk, many who have never had been drunk before. The humor is in the idea that so many people think that they need alcohol to have a good time and yet when offered as a placebo they will have the same amount of fun. It offers the ability for adults to look back on their times in high school, and examine why things were fun. The character development that occurs is outstanding and rarely occurs in modern comedy. Daniel is one of the best examples of such character development, in the beginning of the series he is comfortable in his environment, it is one that is safe, one in which he is king. He does not need to try hard in school because his friends don’t see that as important. He does not need to try at anything else because that is what he is good at and that is what his friends find cool about him. Here comes Lindsay, some one who cares about school, though she doesn’t want to, and she shakes up his entire environment. She begins as someone who has a crush on him but his lack of interest, which attracts other women eventually turns her off, something Daniel is not used to but this is certainly not earth shattering for him. She eventually begins to date Nick. During her time with Nick she persuades him to become serious about his music, and he eventually because of Lindsay's influence kick drugs. She becomes the portal for Ken to meet his girlfriend. She encourages Kim to become a better person, who cares about school and where she is going with her life. Suddenly Daniel doesn’t seem so cool in the midst of all of this change, and yet he suddenly tries to find his place. He tries to be a member of the punk movement but that doesn’t suit him. He is forced to become a part of the school AV club and finds a place with the geeks, learning that their way of life may not be as bad as he originally thought. On the flip side of the coin there is Sam who is this character who is in a way the leader of the geeks. He is someone who does not like being at the top of his circle and wants to movie up the high school ladder of popularity. He desperately wants to date Cindy, a cheerleader. Eventually he does date Cindy and he moves up in the social ladder. He realizes that that is not the life he really wants, he comes to the idea that the “grass is not always greener on the other side”. He is bored with his new friends, they do not share the same ideas that his old friends did, nor the same humor, which is deeply disturbing to him. He eventually breaks up with his Cindy and goes back to his own friends. He learns to accept where he is and that where he is now, is often times better than other alternatives. In the end Freaks and Geeks though short lived, did a good job of representing not only high school in 1980, but also high school in general. It deserves to be placed on the same plane as great shows like The Wonder Years and great films like American Graffiti. It’s drama is realistic, and original. Its comedy is well timed and tasteful. It makes for a great study of the results of the seventies, as well as a study of characters. It’s short, though influential run on television, is one to be admired. We can only wish that more of television were as smart, funny, and as original as this.
Why is it that all the best teen shows get cancelled way before their time? Maybe because the show is set in the 80's (where teenagers won't relate to some of the stuff back then). Or maybe because people don't look for smart acting anymore. Even if you were born after all that hippie - disco stuff, you should still be able to enjoy the show.
Personally, I don't think the show stood a chance. First, it was hardly advertised by NBC. Second, it was placed on a Saturday night. And third, it was taken off the air for a month or so and then brought back. You couldn't have any worse luck. Then when it came back on the air, they only showed a couple of episodes and decided to cancel it for good.
To sum it up - it was a good little show with terrific acting, excellent music, good clothes, great storylines, and a hell of a good try to stay on the air. Unfortunately, it didn't even survive one season. All I know is that I loved it and thank goodness I recorded most of the episodes.
Anybody who missed this show, you lost a chance to see what real television is about.
Freaks and Geeks, short-lived as it may have been, remains my favourite television series of all-time. It dared to go to that place that is either avoided or overly sensationalized by other television series: High school.
And everything about this show was so real. It did not require a stretch of the imagination to see where you could fit in with the main group of characters, or to envision yourself in similar situations...Heck, most of us had gone through exactly the type of obstacles that they faced each episode, and dealt with them similarly. The friends were our high school buddies, or even ourselves, the families were our families, and the people playing extras in the background reminded you of those people that you never spoke to or really even noticed, but were always in the background of your school life. And the great thing was that we got to see most every perspective of high school, from the geeks and AV nerds, to the jocks and cheerleaders, to the burnouts, mathletes, and teachers, in an honest way.
The kids in this show weren't portrayed as caricatures of overwrought angsty teens, nor were they John Hughes-esque 'teenagers, yours lives are precious' characters, who somehow always knew more than the adults around them. No, these are typical kids who are more likely to respond to an insult with "Oh yeah? Well, you're a...uh, a big loser!" than to come up with some groundbreaking, witty insult that makes you automatically wonder what kind of tunnel-visioned perspective of teenagers the script-writers must have. I know that I had a huge shortage of witty comebacks when I was a teenager...and I still do, unless I have a lot of time to think about it.
So, with a show so honestly scripted, with such endearing characters with whom we can all relate in some way...you would think that this show would have lasted more than one season.
What saddens me is that networks are afraid to keep such realistic portrayals of life on the air because, in their opinion, who wants to see their own lives on-screen? Apparently, we all want to escape into the worlds of the deeply troubled, the filthy rich, and the over-sexed or drug-abusing, and the dysfunctional families...in short the fictional (and sometimes non-fictional) people whose lives grace the television with nearly every new pilot that airs. For the most part, we haven't proven them wrong...and it's our thirst for these sensationalized depictions that let gems like Freaks and Geeks slip through the cracks.
We all remember these shows fondly, and wish that there were more like them on TV today...and maybe if Freaks and Geeks had waited a few more years before coming to television it would have had more success...but, for future shows of this genre to have any chance of survival, we have to pull our heads out of our butts (to put it mildly) and watch them.
Whether you were popular, cool or rejected, chances are you were part of a group in high school. Freaks and Geeks is all about that. About the everyday obstacles you face whether you are know as a freak, such as Lindsay or a geek, like Sam. This groundbreaking show was crude and real, and this kind of show is not for everyone to appreciate. This was proven by the fast cancellation of the series quickly followed by the devoted hardcore fans who forced the network to air the remaining episodes that had been shot but had not been shown. Maybe it was too hard for people to relate to the characters. When you have been through high school being known as a freak or a geek, you relate to the characters as they are a representation of yourself, a proof that what you were (or are) is normal, complex and as interesting or maybe more interesting, then what those popular and over-represented cheerleader and football player character the other tv shows keep on presenting.
freaks and geeks, one of judd appatow's plethora of genious projects, was a great tv show that got lost in the shuffle. the casting is perfect...with james franco as the rebellious badass, linda cardellini (pre ER fame) as a smart mathlete trying to balance her own academic pursuits against her new found social life amongst a group of hipster kids with a too cool for school vibe. juxtaposed to cardellini's struggle for self is John Francis Daley, as her brother, who is going through his own trials and tribulations of young adulthood. the cast is especially elevated by riviting performances by Samm Levine and Martin Starr as Daley's awkward sidekicks. All in all this is one of the best television shows out there. Freaks and Geeks counters the drama of high school hell against the comedy inherent within it.
I really miss this show. It was so completely underrated. A perfect example of television at its greatest but still unappreciated by mainstream audiences. Every single character was believable and uniquely hilarious from the kids to the adults. The cast was perfect as well. Upcoming stars like James Franco and Linda Cardelini shined in their parts. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it on late night television (it had been pushed to a late slot after poor ratings I assume). It's so rewatchable and the humour remains even after multiple viewings (believe me I would know).
TV producers should look back to shows like these to really understand what TV SHOULD be about.
I have just finished watching the complete series of freaks and geeks and am frustrated that it is over. I LOVED this show. I cant understand why I had no clue of it back in 1999. Im completely bored with whats on the television today.
i loved this show and am completely desprete for more. I am so tired of the choices of television shows on tv today. reality after reality. im bored out of my mind and find that the tv stays off way more that it is turned on. I looked forward to this show coming in the mail and am saddened that its over. Can someone please pick up the show so I can watch tv again??
gosh. i hella miss this show so much. it's definitely one of the best shows to ever come on tv. why it ever got canceled and/or taken off is a mystery to me because this is seriously one of the best, most funny, shows a person can watch. the characters are somewhat realistic, the acting is great, the episodes rock, the dialogue kicks ass. how did they show freaking get canceled or whatever? this show needs to be put back on tv immediately. it promotes old school music and it shows that how it feels to be a little different then most kids in high school. it shows the kids who fit in, the kids who don't. yeh, it's just the best show to ever come on tvvv.
A fabulously hilarious show that revolved around siblings Sam and Lindsay. The characters in this show were well-written and well-acted. Each character could be someone that you once knew or knew of in high school, which allows the show to reach many different audiences at the same time. The actors really brought their chracters to life and made them very believable, which is sometimes hard to find today.
I don\'t know who on earth made the decision to cut this show from the air, but I was extremely let down when I heard the news. I wish these people would give shows a little more time to gain an audience rather than ripping something wonderful away.
I am doubtful that because the show did not run very long, it will not be picked up by another newtwork, such as TBS, to air reruns, but I am hopeful that it may be.
Freaks and Geeks was one of the best shows when it was on. I can not believe that it got cancelled after only one season. I bought the season on DVD and I watch it often. I wish this show was still on. They could have made many more episodes based on how the last one ended. I like the geeks better than the freaks because they are so much funnier. They always get into stupid problems and the way they try to solve them is one of the best parts of this show. Hopefully they will show the reruns on TV one day.
the show was fantastic the idea was great and the cast was great it should never have ended I would of liked it to come back but they couldn\'t do it know the cast has moved on it the cast made the program if they did with any other people it wouldn\'t be the same. I think the people that cancelled that program are a idiots who have no idea what people really want and I intend to boycott there channel completely because any good program will just get cancelled whats the point I mean if so many of there programs weren\'t cancelled so quickly they and put on stupid times they would get the ratings they want with a bit of time.
I recently watched the entire season of Freaks and Geeks, and I loved it as much as the first time I watched a few of the episodes. One of favorite episodes is the Halloween episode where Bill dresses up as the Bionic woman. I really feel like Bill made this show, and its a shame that his talent really isnt displayed promininently anywhere else in Hollywood. Overall this show is very enjoyable to watch, I totally understand Lindsay's inability to fit in with a crowd, and I understand Bill, Sam and Neil's inability to be cool... to a point. I was never as much as a nerd as the three of them with their Star Wars bath towels and chemical sets, but I was definitely a tiny freshman just like Sam. It was cool to watch Sam's wildest dreams come true when Cindy Sanders was his girlfriend, but reality set in when he realized they were different people. He learned the valuable lesson that because someone of the opposite sex is very attractive, doesnt mean they're right for you. Everything that comes out of Bill's mouth should be considered a great quote for this show. There's just too many to list.
This was a brillent, funny, smart, cool, show that i absolutly loved. It was all about being a teenager and how much it sucks. Being a teenager s***s because you have all of this stuff going through changes and we have to have do it with hundreds of people watching us and mostly hating us. The show is great,like i said, it shows us the true teenage experiance no mater how filtered. It is a little over-the-top and the stoners are all idiots which is not nessicarly the situation, but you know, thats the way TV works. I love Sam Weir Though. Also, please excues my bad spelling and grammer and typos, it's late and i'm not trying too hard.
If there ever was a show to watch, this would be it. Seriously, if the end of the world was nearing, and you wanted to watch as many shows as you could, you better watch this one!! it TRUTHFULLY portrays high school life...none of that fake crap where everyone's hair is perfect and everyone learns their lesson or whatever. No, everyone here has their faults as well as their talents, everyone makes mistakes and not all of them get fixed, and not everyone has a loving family. Yet, even though it shows the not-so-nice parts of high school, it's still one of the FUNNIEST shows you'll ever see...so watch it!!
This was another great show that didn't do well in the ratings, but literally hidden amongst all the other teen dramas that were airing at the same time. I didn't take notice of the show until it started airing in reruns after it had been cancelled. To me, Freaks was great because it explored that temultous time that is the 70's in a dramtic fashion-more like a dramatic 70's show. I can understand how it went unnoticed, the characters weren't all models, I don't remember their being any publicity surrounding the show, nor did it have any big or even recognizeable stars to create a lot of buzz. But the drama was real, although a lot less obvious than most shows like it!
i really liked this show it's a pitty they cancelled it. they said they cancelled it because of bad ratings and if so they are right because i have to admit the ratings of Freaks and Geeks where very low but they should have atleast waited a bit longer. here is my opionion on the show. It has a very good polt and story line although not may favourite type. the cast is very good they all fit in the characters that have been asgined to them. thats all as i said earlier it's a pity that this show was canelled.
Aside from the fact that it spoke my specific generation and seemed to recount almost exactly the high school which I attended in Canada, it was just a great show all around, from the writing to performance. Most people involved in that show are now super successes. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it, only everything was right with it. Every single episode delivered. So why was it cancelled? Just like what\'s happened with Arrested Development, such a càncellation reveals some deeper disease within our television system. What is this flaw? When a television program is not properly marketed, they blame the program and throw away a masterpiece. When a television program is a success, everyone gets credit for it. Yet we have to wonder, is there any instinct or heart to any of this. Everyone knew it was a great show, but alas the ratings... what to do? So many stories like this where great shows are lost for very forgettable reasons, like Star Trek, which struggled to stay afloat, only to become a cultural phenomenon that would last for 4 decades.
I only saw a few episodes of this show, but I remember just really liking it a lot, and then it was gone. I guess it just goes to show that even a show about the outcasts can't last, everybody wants the shows about the beautiful people of high school. Just like with My So-Called Life. And we wonder why kids are so superficial, when shows that keep it real get cancelled, and we are spoon-fed all these other stupid shows where everybody's got perfect bodies and perfect tans and perfect clothes and they just all hop into bed with one another. Blech. Give me the Freaks and Geeks anyday.
When I first discovered Freaks & Geeks I have to admit that it was about a year after it was cancelled. I happened to catch it when a different channel was airing some re-runs. I fell in love with the characters and stories instantly. It's amazing when a show is so realistic and heartbreaking and funny all in one and this show is all that and more. One of my favorite episodes is "Discos and Dragons" because it shows that even a rebel loner guy like Daniel Desario can have a good time playing a "geeky" game with the "geeks". It shows characters developing and growing instead of leaving them in their stereotypical role. Once I saw a few episodes I tried to find if I could buy the whole series online. I found out that it wasn't on DVD so I found someone on E-bay who was selling a set of all the episodes on VHS. I was so happy even though the quality wasn't that great. I could watch them whenever I was in the mood for some great television. Of course now I have the DVD set with all the commentary and special features. I highly recommend it if you even remotely enjoy Freaks & Geeks. To sum up, I'm so thankful that I found this show because it's one of my all time favorite series.
This show could have easily make it more than fifteen episodes, what is wrong with them? I have seen it and this show is hilarious and very funny and I don\'t understand how could people just not like it, are they crazy or what?! I can\'t just understand it, they are totally mental, I think it could have been easily a second season of this one, well I have watched this show and I think that this show is really good and I think that this show reflects very much the teenagehood of all the freaks and all the geeks.....
Freaks and Geeks was amazing! I can't believe the network was crazy enough to cancel it! It's sad what such and amazing show is cut short. I wish the networks would take a step back and realize quality show when they see them. So maybe the ratings are great the first season. Give the show a chance to grow!
Another thing that bothered me was the sub-par acting by some of the cast, namely Samm Levine. Also, good acting comes with age, so it's almost forgivable. But when you see acting the likes of Chauncey Leopardi, you can't help but whence a little.
I really miss Freaks and Geeks. It was a show that hit a lot of topics right on the head and did it with intent and always in a clever way.
I would change a few things about this show, in hind sight, though. Firstly, one of the things that really bothered me was that it just didn't have an 80's feel to it. Now I know I'm probably not going to be understood here, but it wasn't the costuming, music or references. It was the way in which it was shot, the stock used and the lighting choices.
Another thing that bothered me was the sub-par acting by some of the cast, namely Samm Levine. Also, good acting comes with age, so it's almost forgivable. But when you see acting the likes of Chauncey Leopardi, you can't help but whence a little.
However, this is one of my all time favorite shows and I will always pop in the DVD set whenever I am blue because it's a sure cure.
I didn't see Freaks & Geeks when it ran on network television. In fact, I don't remember even hearing about it. (Talk about terrible promotion!) I bought this series on DVD because some former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members were involved with it.
What an incredibly lucky find! My wife and I watched all 18 episodes within a week.
This is simply great television production. The writing is spectacular; there are no throw-away lines, no worn-out situations, and thankfully, no quick fixes. The writers rarely take the easy way out. (The soundtrack is also fantastic.)
This series also has the perfect balance of comedy and drama. It's not screwball, and it's not melodramatic. It's a pretty realistic look into the lives and social challenges of high school students who don't quite fit in with the popular crowd.
But the most impressive aspect of Freaks & Geeks was the casting. Just amazing. Every young actor on this series was perfectly cast. Each character was likeable, interesting, and sometimes painfully familiar.
This was just an amazing and entertaining series. It's a shame it was so short-lived. I can't imagine anyone not being hooked after the first few episodes. This is a great example of how good television can be. Well, before reality TV made actors and writers obsolete, anyway.
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