What to Netflix: "Freaks and Geeks"

What to Netflix: "Freaks and Geeks"


In his IMDB bio, Judd Apatow is quoted as saying, "I think that everything I do tends to root for the underdog. I always felt as a kid that I was under appreciated, invisible or weird, but I've always secretly thought people would one day appreciate what is different about me. I'm always putting that message out there. Eventually, the nerds and the geeks will have their day."

Well, if Judd Apatow, writer/director of today's new comedy Knocked Up was unappreciated as a geeky kid, then he is now the epitome of the underdog success story.

Years before Knocked Up was even a glimmer in Apatow's eye, though, he created "Freaks and Geeks," the short-lived TV series made to comfort and entertain high school underdogs everywhere.
The show follows siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir, both of whom are on the outskirts of cool at their Michigan high school circa 1980. The writing is smart and funny in the way we've now come to expect of Judd Apatow, and the cast (which includes James Franco and Seth Rogen, among other funny and personable actors) is superb. Even if you were neither freak nor geek in high school, there is so much to love about this show.

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