Freaks & Geeks

RIP 1999-2000

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Film & Tv -

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Set in the early 1980s, the se­ries re­volves around Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and her younger brother Sam (John Fran­cis Da­ley) who have to nav­i­gate their way through high school in the post-Viet­nam, pre-Rea­gan era. While Lindsay at­tempts to ditch her good girl, math­lete-par­tic­i­pat­ing per­sona to hang out with the freaks – a bunch of pot­heads and disco-haters played by James Franco, Seth Ro­gen and Ja­son Segel in their be­fore-they­were-fa­mous stage – Sam has to suf­fer through high school with the geeks, Neal Sch­weiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haver­chuck (Martin Starr). Think of it as an edgier, pot-filled ’80s- era John Hughes movie led by now­su­per­star di­rec­tor Paul Feig, and you have an idea of why it be­came such a beloved se­ries. WHY WAS IT CAN­CELLED? As bril­liant as it was, the show was de­nied the dig­nity of hav­ing com­pleted a full sea­son – it only ran for 18 episodes – fol­low­ing a col­lu­sion of in­con­sis­tent sched­ul­ing, poor rat­ings and a bad times­lot (back when times­lots mat­tered). The show de­buted on a jagged screen­ing sched­ule, hav­ing showed for two weeks, then forced off the air for four weeks be­cause of the World Se­ries, then on again for an­other six, and then off for two months. Ac­cord­ing to NME, ‘Freaks & Geeks’ had only 6.77 mil­lion view­ers then, a frac­tion of the 18 mil­lion view­ers who watched its times­lot ri­val ‘ Who Wants To Be A Mil­lion­aire’ and the 14 mil­lion view­ers of ‘Frasier’ and ‘ Friends’. No sur­prise that it was canned soon af­ter. IS IT STILL AVAIL­ABLE? Yes, on Net­flix.

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