Freaks and Geeks Entertains

BY LAURYN BEST

Freaks and Geeks is an American dramedy (drama/comedy) set in the year of 1980 but produced in 1999. Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, it centered around the life of Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini), her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley) and a cast of self proclaimed freaks and geeks. It featured actors James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel,who went on to become household names, before fame touched them. From the surface it could be seen as another try-hard teen sitcom that only trivialized ,or overdramatized, the daily struggles teens face and make adults the butt of every joke, but it’s so much more than that. Lindsey, Sam and their friends just lived. They had their favorite hang out spots, they talked to their counselor for advice, they had crushes, they got in fights with each other, they made mistakes: they were unapologetically human. Unfortunately the show was cancelled after 18 episodes, but the impact it had of its viewers did not lessen. It remains a cult classic, as it brings nostalgia to the older generations and opens up a different world to the current one. So if you find yourself looking for a good show to binge watch on Netflix this weekend choose Freaks and Geeks; you won’t regret it.

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