Canceled Too Soon: Freaks and Geeks
This series was created by Paul Feig (Ghostbusters 2016) and premiered on NBC. Freaks and Geeks saw nearly 6.7 million viewers tune in weekly during the shows single 15 (18 really, but we will get to that later) episode season between September 25th, 1999 and July 8th, 2000. On IMDB, the show is rated 8.9 out of 10 from over 95,000 votes and Metacritic lists the show with a score of 88 out of 100 based on 26 reviews. In 2007, the show placed 21st in TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever” and in 2008, it was ranked 13th best series of the last 25 years by Entertainment Weekly. In 2013, it placed first in TV Guide’s list of “60 Shows That Were Canceled Too Soon”.
The series won multiple awards such as “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series” and “Best Family TV Series”. On top of the wins, they were nominated for a number of awards including three Emmy’s.
When NBC canceled the series, there were actually three episodes unaired – “Kim Kelly IS My Friend”, “Dead Dogs And Gym Teachers”, and “Noshing and Moshing”. The unaired episodes premiered at The Museum of Television and Radio shortly before airing on Fox Family when they began re-runs of the show late in the summer of 2000.
The show is set during the school year of 1980. It’s a time capsule to say the least. Everything about it feels so genuine and authentic while staying true to the period. The show follows Linda Cardellini (Bloodline) as Lindsay Weir, a young mathlete as she begins to hang out with a group of castaways. Her younger brother Sam is played by John Francis Deley (Bones) and he and his friends navigate the minefield that is their freshman year.
The show stars just about everyone who’s anyone in Hollywood today. Just take a look at the list: We’ve got James Franco (The Interview) as Daniel Desario, Samm Levine (Wet Hot American Summer) as Neal Schweiber, Seth Rogen (This Is The End) as Ken Miller, and there were even some appearances by future stars like Shia LaBeouf (Lawless) and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore).
In 2013, Rogen stated that himself and other members of the cast were more than willing to appear in a film about the characters at a high school reunion, however, creator Paul Feig did not show very much interest.