Just finished watching through the end of Freaks and Geeks. I can safely say that it’s rocketed up my list of favourite TV shows, and I highly recommend it be checked out.
A brilliant slice of life high school dramedy-the show follows teenager Lindsay Weir and her little brother Sam.
The show’s starting point is Lindsay’s transition from her life as an academically proficient student, star mathlete, and proper young girl, with Millie as her like-minded best friend, to an Army-jacket-wearing teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers. Her relationships with her new friends, and the friction they cause with her parents and with her own self-image, form one central strand of the show; the other follows Sam and his group of geeky friends as they navigate a very different part of the social universe trying to fit in.
What works best about the show is its cast, which is perfect. Aside from the main cast including the likes of a young James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, the supporting cast features cameos from Leslie Mann, Jason Schwartzman and Ben Stiller. Not surprising when it turns out Judd Appatow was the show’s executive producer.
What also works to great effect is the fact the show is a period piece, and remains very true to the early 80s, with a killer soundtrack.
Many (the internet) say it’s a crime it was cancelled after only one season of 18 episodes, but in some ways it’s great that what’s left is of such high quality, with a high rewatchability factor.
I could go on for a while, so I’ll hold back… basically… it’s worth your time.