Freaks and Geeks

Last night, I picked up the boxset of Freaks and Geeks, which contains all 18 episodes of the short-lived series. I've so many things about this show and after watching Knocked Up and Superbad, I was really excited for it. We watched about 6 or 7 episodes last night, and watched the remainder of the third disc this morning.

Thoughts

I really thought this show was going to be much more of a comedy than a drama. I figured it was more on the lines of Undeclared, but I was way off. I also thought each episode was going to be 30 minutes, but I was off on that too. There's a lot more to this show than I expected which really through me back..

Freaks and Geeks is about freaks and geeks.. Set in 1980, it centers on Sam Weir, a freshmen high school who fails into the geek category of the show. And centers on Lindsey Weir who is a junior or senior at the same high school. She rejects her 'braininess' and wants to hang out with the 'cool' kids.. the 'freaks' category, which would be burnouts.

This show is incredible. It is incredibly real and way too accurate that it's almost too much for me. Freaks and Geeks fills me with so much sentiment, nostalgia, and memories of my own life in high school. Good times, Bad times.. It's not like watching Back to the Future for the first time in 10 years and thinking back to the first time you saw this masterpiece.. It's living your life again.. too many social cares.. rejection.. affliation.. acceptance.. It's like watching a home movie of your life at age 14.

This slice of life is too big for me to handle.. It's really not a case of whether I like this show or not.. I feel like this show is me.. It's too good.. which is why it was cancelled. :/

I'll probably watch the rest of it tonight and tomorrow.

Judd Appatow

After Freaks and Geeks was cancelled, Judd Apatow (co-creator) went with a more comedic approach to the 'Freaks and Geeks' feel.. Undeclared was his next show, which featured 'Freaks and Geeks' in college. Jocks became Frat boys.. Cheerleaders became Sorority girls.. but the social outcasts, where still outcasts.

It premiered on Fox, which probably doomed the show from the start. It also only lasted one season. I only remember seeing part of an episode, but I don't really remember it. From what I remember, this is way more lighthearted than Freaks and Geeks.

Apparently, Judd Apatow has three other unaired television series that seem similar. "Life on Parole", "North Hollywood", and "Sick in the Head". Pilots were created for these three series, but they were very aired.

I guess the average TV viewer and Judd Apatow don't mix. It's a damn shame though.. As far as popularity though, Apatow really struck it rich in the movies.. He hung with Will Ferril for a bit, and produced Anchorman, Kicking & Screaming (will ferril's crappy soccer movie), and Talladega Nights.

But his real talent lies in bringing slices of life into the theater.. He still comes back to the 'Freaks and Geeks' social groups, and made 3 movies in different points in time. At the age 40 timeline, there's 40 year old virgin. At the age 23-25 timeline, there's knocked up. And at the age 18 timeline, there's Superbad. You may not be the main characters in these movies, but chances are there's a character you relate to.

Another interesting fact is that Seth Rogen is in all 5 of Apatow's "slice of life" dramedies, and also several other actors and actresses as well. Judd Apatow really doesn't give much direction when working with his talents, he produces these movies highlighting his talent's natural persona and let's them go loose.

Six Degrees of Separation

Besides Seth Rogen, Apatow reuses a lot of the talent that has been in his properties, and even the talent themselves have appeared in other films and TV together.. maybe its because when someone makes a geeky or burnout movie, these guys are the best candidates? maybe its coincidence..? fate..? or perhaps they just like each ^_^.

Thank you, IMDB.



































































































































































































































 Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)Undeclared (2001-2002)40 year old virgin (2005)Knocked Up (2007)Superbad (2007)Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)notes
Linda CardelliniLindsay Weir
main
     plays Samantha in Grandma's Boy
John Francis DaleySam Weir
main
     plays Mitch in Waiting
James FrancoDaniel Desario
supporting
     plays Harry Osbourne in Spiderman trilogy
Samm LevineNeal Schweiber
supporting
Books
guest star, 2 episodes
     
Jason SegalNick Andopolis
supporting
Eric
guest star, 7 episodes
 Jason
supporting
 Peter Bretter
main
wrote Forgetting about Sarah Marshall
Martin StarrBill Haverchuck
supporting
  Martin
supporting
James Masselin
short roll
 was also in Kicking and Screamingwas in Stealing Harvard (w/ Leslie Mann)
Busy PhillipsKim Kelly
supporting
Kelly
guest star, 2 episodes
    was on two seasons of Dawson's Creek
Seth RogenKen Miller
supporting
Ron Garner
supporting
Cal
supporting
Ben Stone
main
Officer Michaels
supporting
 was in Anchorman, and Apatow's unaired North Hollywood pilotco-wrote Superbadwas in You, Me and Dupree (w/ Bill Hader)
Jay Baruchel Steven Karp
main
 Jay
supporting
   
Carla Gallo Lizzie Exley
main
Toe-sucking girl
short roll
 Period Blood girl
short roll
 a main character in HBO's Carnivale
Charlie Hunnam Lloyd Haythe
supporting
     
Monica Keena Rachel Lindquist
supporting
    plays Lori in Freddy v. Jasonwas in Orange County (w/ Leslie Mann)
Timm Sharp Marshall Nesbitt
supporting
    also in Kicking & Screaming
Steve Carell  Andy Stitzer
main
himself
cameo
  it's Steve Carell
Catherine Keener  Trish
main
   she's in a lot of movies
Paul Rudd  David
supporting
Pete
supporting
 Surfing Instructorwill be in Walk Hard
Romany Malco  Jay
supporting
   in Weeds
Katherine Heigl   Alison Scott
main
  Apatow's first choice for Alison Scott in Knocked Up
Leslie MannMiss Foote
guest star, 1 episode
 Nicky (French Toast)
short roll
Debbie
supporting
  lead female role in Cable Guywas in Stealing Harvard (w/ Martin Starr)was in Orange County (w/ Monica Keena)
Jonah Hill  ebay Customer
short roll
Jonah
supporting
Seth
main
??? (unknown)also in Grandma's Boy (w/ Linda Cardellini) and Evan Almighty (w/ Steve Carell)
Michael Cera    Evan
main
 best known as George Michael from Arrested Development
Christopher Mintz-Plasse    Fogell
main
 first acting appearance is Superbad
Bill Hader   Brent
short roll
Officer Slater
supporting
Brianwas on Saturday Night Live 2 seasons (w/ Kristen Wiig)was in You, Me and Dupree (w/ Seth Rogan)
Kristen Wiig   Jill
short roll
 Prahnawill be in Walk Hardwas on Saturday Night Live 2 seasons (w/ Bill Hader)




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