Season 1 Review

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Introduction]

I’m not very good at convincing other people to watch my favorite shows.

Maybe it’s my sales pitch.

Just last week, I was talking to one of my friends. In passing, I asked, “Hey, remember what life was like in high school?”

“I try not to,” he replied with a groan Continue reading “Season 1 Review”

1×18: Discos and Dragons

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Paul Feig | Director: Paul Feig | Aired: 07/08/2000]

Have you ever wondered what Freaks and Geeks would be like if it took place in the present?

The show was crafted for the 1999-2000 season. Yet the writers deliberately chose to take a step back, and examine an era almost twenty years earlier. But… was this decision really that important? Continue reading “1×18: Discos and Dragons”

The Ten Best Cancelled TV Shows Ever

[Article by Jeremy Grayson]

[Introduction]

Television is a fickle business, as they say. One moment, you can be riding high on ratings and acclaim; the next moment, phhht – you’re cancelled.

Nothing good lasts forever. And unfortunately, some good things don’t last very long to begin with. Sometimes, a well-written, well-produc Continue reading “The Ten Best Cancelled TV Shows Ever”

1×17: The Little Things

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Jon Kasdan, Judd Apatow, Mike White | Director: Jake Kasdan | Aired: 07/08/2000]

At the time it first aired, of course, no one knew how much of an effect “The Little Things” would have on the cinematic landscape. It was just another Freaks and Geeks episode – a pretty good episode, mind you, but one that just merged into the greatness of the rest of them.

Thirteen Continue reading “1×17: The Little Things”

1×16: Smooching and Mooching

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Steve Bannos | Director: Jake Kasdan | Aired: 07/08/2000]

As we come down the home stretch of this epic little series, I can’t help but marvel at how well the show’s last few episodes tie everything so nicely and neatly together. The writers did not know the series was ending when they wrapped up the season (although the lackluster ratings were probab Continue reading “1×16: Smooching and Mooching”

1×15: Noshing and Moshing

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: J. Elvis Weinstein | Director: Jake Kasdan | Aired: 10/17/2000]

If Freaks and Geeks has a flaw, it’s with continuity. No, I don’t mean general story continuity – numerous times do the characters reference past situations and events. I’m talking about more subtle episode-to-episode connection. There’s enough cohesion between the episodes to ensu Continue reading “1×15: Noshing and Moshing”

1×14: Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Judd Apatow, Bob Nickman | Director: Judd Apatow | Aired: 10/10/2000]

“Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers” contains my favorite scene in all of Freaks and Geeks. It’s a simple scene at the outset, and it’s not very relevant story-wise. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful little scene, and is one of the truest examples of why this series is so, so very good.

It be Continue reading “1×14: Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers”

1×13: Chokin’ and Tokin’

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Judd Apatow | Director: Miguel Arteta | Aired: 03/20/2000]

Many years ago, it was easy to tell the difference between scripted and unscripted television. On the one hand, there were sitcoms featuring Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason which usually stuck closely to the printed page. On the other hand, there were comedies like Candid Camera and You B Continue reading “1×13: Chokin’ and Tokin’”

1×12: The Garage Door

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, Patty Lin | Director: Bryan Gordon | Aired: 03/13/2000]

“My dad just left, and he didn’t tell us where he moved… I stole his garage door opener, and I rode around by myself on my bike, very pathetically, looking for where my father lived, hitting the button on every garage door until I found out, because I just felt so bad… I needed to know where he lived.”

– Jeff Judah, co-writer of “The Garage Door”

Continue reading “1×12: The Garage Door”

1×11: Looks and Books

[Review by Jeremy Grayson]

[Writer: Paul Feig | Director: Ken Kwapis | Aired: 02/07/2000]

It comes as a little surprising, given its freshness and innovation regarding the subject matter, but Freaks and Geeks was not the first TV series to focus on a teenaged female outcast. In the five years before it made its debut, two other shows garnered rightfully deserved acclaim for their Continue reading “1×11: Looks and Books”