Why is it that when a really, really good teen show comes along, the network goes ahead and cancels it!!!!! It happened with My So-Called Life in the '90's and it happened with Freaks and Geeks in the Noughties. I say the noughties because the show never actually aired here till 2001. Watching Freaks and Geeks again for the first time since when it originally aired in the UK, and totally have that 16 year old I want to be back at school feeling all over again.
The show is filled with wonderful characters that you generally care about. Like Jared Leto's Jordan Catalano before him, James Franco plays Daniel Desario, once again the flawed guy, the stoner who has flunked back a year or two. He's not brain smart, but he's not stupid either and there is something ridiculously attractive about that. Then you have the Brian Krakow and Nick Andopolis characters. The boy who is completely besotted with our heroine. Unlike Brian though, Nick is also a total stoner and not a brainiac. In the lead is Linda Cardellini as the smart, newly turned grunger Lindsay Weir, who indeed does share a lot of Angela Chase’s characteristics and she is a wee bit awesome.
Freaks and Geeks was one episode shy of My So-Called Life's 19 episodes and when you think of all the bland and plastic shows that get picked up for a new season year after year, you find yourself thinking, 'why the hell did this get cancelled!!!!!???!' These are characters you care about; you want to know what happens to them, a hell of a lot more than 95% of the crap that our channels are polluted with. And when you look at the sheer talent that has come from both of these shows, it's phenomenal. Freaks and Geeks is like a who's who of the funny crowd in movies today. I mean it’s a Judd Apatow show with Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr and others for Christ’s sake!!!
And James Franco is in my humble opinion, one of the best all round actors out there today. He is stupidly talented and moves from one role to another with super ease, he’s a natural and I love him for it!!!!
Favourite moment is probably Daniel playing Dungeons and Dragons with the geeks, super hot!!!! I think that’s my Jordan Catalano boiler room episode squeeeage all over again, haha. <3