Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Freaks and Geeks

This month’s TV series is Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000).

The comedy is about the outcasts of high school society, taking place in the 1980s. The show focuses on the Weir family. Lindsay Weir, who has always been a stellar student, is disenfranchised and falls in with the burnout kids (freaks), while her younger brother Sam is a freshman and is having a tough time fitting in thanks primarily to his best friends being very nerdy (geeks). The show was created by Paul Feig (who has also worked as one of the main creative forces behind The Office and became a known name in 2011 directing Bridesmaids) and executively produced by Judd Apatow (who has since become the main producers in current cinematic comedy, and he also produced Bridesmaids). The cast is fantastic featuring many now famous comedians. Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley star, and James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, and Busy Philipps round out the principal cast. The show also has a ton of great guest stars/cameos, including: Sarah Hagan, Dave Allen, Thomas F. Wilson, Ben Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Rashida Jones, Shia LaBeouf, David Koechner, Kevin Corrigan, Jason Schwartzman, David Krumholtz, Lizzy Caplan, Leslie Mann, Allen Covert, Mike White, and Ben Stiller. Like an alarmingly high number of fantastic shows, Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after its first season. But, it still is one of the best comedy and high school series and a must-see for fans of either genre. It really speaks to its viewers and even if you did not go to high school during the 1980s the stories are very relatable. Check out the trailer.

Available on DVD

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