Freaks and Geeks

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Why Did They Have To Cancel It?

Sep 22, 2000
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Pros:hilarious, interesting, touching

Cons:only had one season of glory

Freaks and Geeks was arguably one of the best tv shows on the air... until NBC decided to cancel it. Why did they have to cancel it? Not only was this show very entertaining, it was also hilarious, interesting, and thought-provoking for anyone who went to high school. Even though I went to high school in the early 90's, many of the scenes in this show still got through to me. This show was well done, well acted and very well directed.

The show follows two groups of youngsters growing up in Ohio in the early 1980's. There is a set of middle schoolers, and a set of high schoolers. All of these children are, in one way or another, freeks and/or geeks. But as you begin to watch the show you see them as more than that. You see these kids as being great friends, as students, and you begin to understand what it is like to be a freak and geek as a child. These children experience how other children (the popular kids, for example) can be so creul. This is shown constantly. A great episode follows a big problem for many youngsters when the geeks on the show constantly get picked last in gym class. In another episode, a new cute girl moves into town. Though the geeks become friends with her from the start, they are always worried about how she might mix in with the popular kids and forget about them.

The high schoolers are not shown so much as geeks, but more as freeks. One enters in a disco contest (at a time when disco was dead) and is seen as a freak. Another is a pothead, in a great episode they get fake ID's so they can go to a bar to see a supposedly great band play... but when they get there they see that the lead singer is their guidance counselor from school, who blows their cover.

But they are all close friends. And the show exemplifies the great friendships that exist amongst the group members.

Another great episode is when the geeks invite a popular kid to a Sci-Fi convention. Though the popular kid actually does want to go, he instead chooses not to, for he does not want to be seen as geeks. But do not think that this show is bashing the jocks and cool kids. It also shows that the geeks isolate themselves from the rest of the school, that not all of their isolation is brought on by outside forces.

There are many great 80's references in this show. They are always referencing great 80's tv shows (in an episode I saw the other night they mentioned Three's Company and Diff'rent Strokes). I think that if I had been a bit older in the early 80's and in middle or high school this show would be even better for me.

This show got nothing but great reviews. Then why did NBC pull the plug on it? They put it in a lousy time slot to begin with, Saturday nights at 8. And though they later moved it to Monday nights it was too late. Had NBC put this in a good slot and done a great job of marketing it, we would be getting set for season #2. Instead all we have is one season worth of episodes. Luckily, these episodes can be seen on Fox Family channel.


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