Freaks & Geeks
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.