You there! Yes, you… with the fond (albeit slightly fuzzy) memories of the late 1990s and early 2000s. You, who feels such a bittersweet embrace of nostalgia when I say things like “ICQ” or “Y2K.” You should be aware that we are about to bring back one of the most beloved television series from this glorious era – Freaks and Geeks premieres TONIGHT with back-to-back episodes starting at 7ET/4PT. We’ll see you then.
However, if you AREN’T already familiar with this show, here are five reasons why you should be tuning in:
1) The Cast
We’re used to revisiting television series and marveling at the one young star that would go on to become a household name. Well this show has a multitude of them. Recognize the names James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen at all? Exactly.
If that wasn’t enough, guest stars on Freaks and Geeks include Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, Shia LaBeouf, Ben Stiller and more. Talk about STAR-STUDDED.
2) The Soundtrack
More often than not, the outcasts in high school were actually the ones with the best taste in music. Tune in to Freaks and Geeks and you’ll hear tracks from Van Halen, Janis Joplin, The Who, Rush, Deep Purple, Cream, Curtis Mayfield and more. Plus, Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogen all perform some of these classic tracks themselves.
3) The Executive Producer
Before he gifted us with Anchorman, Bridesmaids, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Pineapple Express, Judd Apatow produced Freaks and Geeks. Pretty sure I don’t even need to write anything else here.
4) The Cult Following
Although the show only lasted one season, Freaks and Geeks has been widely hailed as one of the greatest series of its time. It appeared on Time magazine’s 2007 “100 Greatest Shows of All Time” list and placed third on their list of the greatest television shows of the 2000s. It received three Emmy nominations, and two nominations at the Television Critics Association Awards. An entire generation holds this series close to their hearts… now you can too.
5) The Quotes
Get ready for gems like these:
The dance is tomorrow. She’s a cheerleader, you’ve seen Star Wars 27 times. You do the math. – Neal Schweiber
Are you calling me irrational? Because I’ll tear your head off, Daniel. I’ll tear it off and I’ll throw it over that fence. – Kim Kelly
Freaks and Geeks is back, starting TONIGHT at 7ET/4PT!
- Sarah Dawley
Posted: July 29th, 2012 | Category: Shows | Comments: No Comments
Tags: Ben Stiller, Busy Phillips, freaks and geeks, James Franco, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Segel, Judd Apatow, Rashida Jones, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf
The hit comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks is coming to MuchMore! Starting Sunday July 29th catch back to back episodes at 7ET/4PT & 8ET/5PT of the classic series. To celebrate the re-airing of one of history’s best teen shows, we’re taking a look at where the creator and cast of Freaks and Geeks are now.
While Freaks and Geeks only lasted one season on the air, the TV show about a group of average high school students navigating their teen years in the 1980s instantly became a ground breaking classic. The show also put producer Judd Apatow on the map and with Apatow’s guidance, became the starting point for one of the most successful TV casts in history. Its stars have gone on to be in some of the highest rated TV shows and films and today we take a look at where the stars of Freaks and Geeks are now.
Starring as Ken Miller in Freaks and Geeks, Canadian Seth Rogen went on to work extensively with Judd Apatow in films like Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and Pineapple Express, in which Rogen starred alongside his Freaks and Geeks cast mate James Franco. In 2011, Rogen wrote a remake of the classic comic film The Green Hornet. Rogen and his longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg penned episodes of Da Ali G show with Sasha Baren Cohen and went on to write Superbad, The Green Hornet and Pineapple Express, all of which Apatow produced.
After playing Nick Andopolis on Freaks and Geeks for all 12 episodes, Jason Segel went on to enjoy a hugely successful film and TV career. In addition to appearing on all seven seasons of How I Met Your Mother, Segel has starred in films like Despicable Me, Gulliver’s Travels, Bad Teacher, I Love You, Man, Jeff, Who Lives At Home, and the Apatow-produced movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up and The Five-Year Engagement. Along with his writing partner Nick Stoller, Segel has written and starred in the films The Five Year Engagement, The Muppets and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
While Busy Phillips began her television career as Kim Kelly on Freaks and Geeks, she is best known for playing Audrey Liddell on the final seasons of Dawson’s Creek. Phillips has continued her successful career in TV, appearing as Dr. Hope Bobeck on ER and most recently as Courtney Cox’s friend on Cougar Town.
James Franco parlayed his successful role as Daniel Desario on Freaks And Geeks into a huge film career. As one of the most recognizable Freaks and Geeks alumni, Franco has starred in films like Spider-Man, Pineapple Express, Milk, Date Night, Eat Pray Love, Your Highness, Rise of Planet of the Apes, and 127 Hours, a role which earned Franco a Best Actor nomination at the 2011 Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
After playing Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Linda Cardellini went on to star in films like Brokeback Mountain, Legally Blonde and Scooby Doo. Cardellini is most recognized for her role on six seasons of ER playing Nurse Samantha Taggart.
John Francis Daley
After playing Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks, John Francis Daley continued his successful TV career on shows like Boston Public and The Geena Davis Show. Recently, Daley has found success as a series regular on Bones, playing Dr. Lance Sweets for all five seasons of the show.
Samm Levine’s role as Neal Schweiber on Freaks and Geeks has been instrumental in helping him land future acting gigs, including the role of Pfc. Hirschberg in Inglorious Basterds (director Quentin Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks). Levine has also continued to work in TV on such shows as Life As We Know It, Undeclared, and NCIS.
Martin Starr enjoyed working with Judd Apatow while playing Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks so much that his career has included many Apatow projects, including Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up and Superbad. Starr has appeared in numerous films and TV shows since filming Freaks and Geeks, including Adventureland, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Roswell and New Girl.
After forming Apatow Productions and creating the series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, producer Judd Apatow has gone on to work on some of the most successful comedies of all time. Working with many cast members of Freaks and Geeks, Apatow has produced Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, Funny People, Get Him To The Greek, Bridesmaids, The Five-Year Engagement, and many more films. Apatow has recently returned to his television roots to produce the critically acclaimed HBO series, Girls.
Posted: July 20th, 2012 | Category: Freaks And Geeks | Comments: No Comments
Tags: Busy Phillips, freaks and geeks, James Franco, Jason Segel, John Francis Daley, Judd Apatow, Linda Cardellin, Martin Starr, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen