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October 7th, 2000

Freaks and Geeks

TV shows come and go, but every so often there’s one that seems to be screwed from the start, no matter how good it is. One of these shows is Freaks and Geeks. This incredible hour-long comedy/drama series debuted in 1999 on NBC, airing on Saturdays at 9pm. Any show in that slot is destined for failure.

But while Freaks and Geeks didn’t get the ratings in that timeslot, it developed a cult following and got critical acclaim. NBC decided to give the show another chance by moving it to a prime slot on Monday nights. Of course, by this time the season was half over and people weren’t likely to try and tune in and try to catch up on storylines. After 15 episodes (and 3 unaired episodes) Freaks and Geeks was cancelled.

It’s a shame, because I’ve never watched a show where I’ve identified with the characters so well. This story of high school kids growing up in the early 80’s may have been set a few years before my own high school tenure, but its appeal is far-reaching. Rather than focusing on the “pretty people” like most UPN and WB shows tend to do, Freaks and Geeks told the stories of the kids that didn’t play football, the kids that wished they could date cheerleaders and couldn’t, and the kids that were counted out as losers by even their teachers. I can map every character in this show to someone I knew in high school, and I have a feeling most other people could do so as well.

These days, the show is airing on Tuesday nights at 8 and 9pm on the Fox Family channel. They’re also airing the three previously unseen episodes, which is nice, but unfortunately, they’re censoring out even little things like the words “ass” and “bastard.” In any event, it’s giving the show a bit of a new life.

If you haven’t checked out this show and you have Fox Family, I urge you to watch just two episodes. If Bill Haverchuck (the quintessential “nerd”) doesn’t have you laughing, I’ll eat my words. You can read up a little bit on the show at the official site or a great fan site. Also check out the episode guide, though you may want to limit yourself to reading about the characters, to avoid spoilers. -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday October 7, 2000 -- 12:45:10AM
Yeah I only got to watch one episode of Freeks and Geeks, it was the Haloween episode last year. I will say it was a great show however. My roomate tended to like to watch the show when he could.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday January 30, 2001 -- 11:28:42AM
In case anyone is interesting, the Fox Family Channel is back at the beginning of their Freaks and Geeks cycle -- the first two episodes air tonight from 8-10pm(with two more episodes airing each Tuesday night). If you've never seen the show before, tonight would be a good time to try it out. :)



FROM: gymbo
DATE: Tuesday March 13, 2001 -- 7:30:25PM
Its a real shame it was a good show. it would be nice if they did what they did to the Pretender. Finish it off with a few new episodes.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday March 13, 2001 -- 8:05:46PM
Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to happen since the cast is spread everywhere at this point. Three of them have shown on Malcom in the Middle in the last several months...



FROM: ALEX
DATE: Saturday March 17, 2001 -- 8:48:19PM
I think this is a very good show,it's very original and a lot better then other show's that are on fox,in closing extremly funning and I would like to see more brand new episodes.



FROM: Spencer
DATE: Saturday March 24, 2001 -- 6:36:18PM
Gosh!!!! Freeks and Greeks is 1 of the only reasons I watch tv! (the other being the simpsons) I, like many, would enjoy some new episodes despite the fact its highly impossible! oh well, freeks and geeks rocks!!!!



FROM: freek
DATE: Friday April 20, 2001 -- 10:48:30PM
This is the best show ever!
i live in australia and they only show at 11.30pm to 12.30 pm but i always stay up to see it!. they should make more. is the best.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



FROM: paul
DATE: Thursday June 7, 2001 -- 11:39:05AM
Freaks & Geeks is the most realistic & Kick ass show ever



FROM: LOUANN BORTZ
DATE: Monday July 23, 2001 -- 7:14:03PM
MY HUSBAND AND HAPPENED UPON THE EPISODE
WHERE SAM WANTED AN ATARI AND NEIL'S DADWAS
SUSPECTED OF HAVING AN AFFAIR.WERE GLUED
TO THE SHOW AND HAVE BEEN LOYAL FANS
SINCE THEN. I EVEN HAVE EVERY EPISODE
TAPED TO WATCH THEM OVER & OVER.



FROM: Jane
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 5:10:45PM
THIS SHOW KICKS ASS, ITS REALISTIC AND FUNNY. DAWSONS CREEK HAH! WHATS THAT ABOUT!!CAN'T BELIEVE ITS THEY TOOK IT OFF AND YET WE'VE GOT SO MANY CRAP TV SHOWS WHICH HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR YEARS.. PEOPLE WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TO PUT IN BACK ON AIR......PROTEST?? WHOSE WITH ME!!!!



FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday September 20, 2001 -- 5:16:21PM
TYPING IN ALL CAPS READS LIKE SCREAMING!!! IT IS SO EFFECTIVE!!!



FROM: terry
DATE: Sunday January 6, 2002 -- 2:20:28 pm
where can i buy the whole video library of freeks and geeks



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday January 6, 2002 -- 2:48:00 pm
Nowhere, yet. But I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up on DVD eventually.



FROM: rita
DATE: Monday July 22, 2002 -- 2:43:40 pm
i love freeks and geeks. i think sam's very cute when he is laughing. and his sister is very pretty too.here in portugal the tv show is in the middle



FROM: tom b
DATE: Wednesday May 14, 2003 -- 8:37:12 pm



FROM: TOM B
DATE: Wednesday May 14, 2003 -- 9:09:07 pm
THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN THIS SIGHT I'M GLAD I FOUND IT I CAN RELATE TO THE SHOW ALOT I SAW THE FIRST EPSIODE WITH LINSY THREW A PARTY SHES REAL HOTTT I ALSO LIKED THE MAIN CHARTERS LIKE KIM NIC BILL GORDEN DANEL THEY ALL FIT TOHGER SO WELL HOPE TO SEE IT ON TV AGAIN REAL SOON MISS IT A LOT KEEP PUSHING FOR THE DVD COMPLEAT SEASON I'V SEEN OTHER OF THE CHARCTERS IN OTHER TV SHOWS THAT 70S SHOW DANEL WAS IN SPIDER MAN DID A GOOD JOB I THINK ABOUT THE SHOW A HOLE LOT TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH IT WAS THE ONLY GOOD SHOW NO NO BULL THANKS TOM B



FROM: punctuation police
DATE: Wednesday May 14, 2003 -- 10:51:31 pm
Consider yourself arrested.



FROM: vanessa
DATE: Thursday May 29, 2003 -- 12:05:06 am
BLOODY HELL!! Why is it that big brother had 14, 000 time slots...but freaks and geeks can only score
12 am on friday , and NOW NOW 2 am on Tuesdays!!!

AND I CAN'T FIND WHERE TO BUY THE DAMN VIDEO ANYWHERE!!!

Christ smallville gotta go on...but freaks didnt. NOT FAIR!!! NOT FAIR!!

Have you guys signed the DVD petition for tight arse dreamworks to release it???



FROM: raymond youg
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:15:30 am
great show, very original.
it was easy to link the characters.
didnt mind lindsay she has a special appeal



FROM: raymond youg
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:15:30 am
great show, very original.
it was easy to link the characters.
didnt mind lindsay she has a special appeal



FROM: RAYMOND YOUNG
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:16:23 am



FROM: RAYMOND YOUNG
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:19:20 am
I LOVED THE SHOW.I LIVE AT TAMWORTH , AUSTRALIA.HAD TOM STAY UP TILL 2AM TO WATCH IT
LOVED LINDSAY, YUM
HOPE IT COULD LAST BUT I HEARD IT WAS AXED. OH WELL. WHAT WILL I WATCH NOW?



FROM: RAYMOND YOUNG
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:19:32 am
I LOVED THE SHOW.I LIVE AT TAMWORTH , AUSTRALIA.HAD TOM STAY UP TILL 2AM TO WATCH IT
LOVED LINDSAY, YUM
HOPE IT COULD LAST BUT I HEARD IT WAS AXED. OH WELL. WHAT WILL I WATCH NOW?



FROM: RAYMOND YOUNG
DATE: Wednesday August 13, 2003 -- 4:19:34 am
I LOVED THE SHOW.I LIVE AT TAMWORTH , AUSTRALIA.HAD TOM STAY UP TILL 2AM TO WATCH IT
LOVED LINDSAY, YUM
HOPE IT COULD LAST BUT I HEARD IT WAS AXED. OH WELL. WHAT WILL I WATCH NOW?



FROM: mary
DATE: Sunday December 7, 2003 -- 12:37:35 pm
This was the coolest show ever. i never had time to tape the shoes before they fricken cancelled it. If anyone has any of the taped shows, i would like to buy them so pleas email me.



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday April 1, 2004 -- 11:16:46 pm
Just wanted to take a moment and say that the DVD set is incredible. We re-watched the pilot episode tonight and it reminded me of how this may have been the best TV show of the last 25 years.



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DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:50:09 pm



FROM: ryan
DATE: Saturday February 5, 2005 -- 3:21:23 pm
freaks and greeks was one of the best shows on t.v. i watch every espion but i havent yet brought the dvd



FROM: Heather
DATE: Sunday February 6, 2005 -- 1:34:39 pm
Can't watch the actress on ER with out thinking of her Lindsey character. She was better on Freaks & Geeks.



FROM: ryan
DATE: Monday February 7, 2005 -- 5:01:55 pm
yes,the boy on freaks and greeks was on Not Another Teen Movie and an asian wannabe.they have all been in another things but they dont foget were they started



FROM: PhotonEd
DATE: Friday August 12, 2005 -- 1:19:17 pm

I love the dam show! Its great! It always good to watch some cute girls on tele :)



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