Imagine an all-star cast of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips and Linda Cardinelli. Sounds just about perfect, right? Well, it actually became a reality back in 2000 through a show that aired on NBC by the name of “Freaks and Geeks.”
It had everything we ever wanted in a show, great music, great acting, and perfectly capturing the realism of our teenage years as we approach adulthood where we struggle to find ourselves and what we want out of life.
The show paved way for the star-studded cast to break into the spotlights of Hollywood, with Jason Segel going on to become Marshall Eriksen in How I Met Your Mother, Seth Rogen producing and acting in famous movies such as This Is The End and The Interview.
And of course, we can’t forget everyone’s sweetheart, James Franco who might’ve just had the most successful career of all, being nominated at the Academy Awards for his role in “127 Hours” and winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in “The Disaster Artist.”
Freaks And Geeks was the perfect show, for that rebel side in each and every one of us waiting to break out as we followed the life of Lindsay Weir, growing up in 1980 as a misfit in high school and deciding between whether to follow what her peers expect of her, or find out what she wants in life by wasting time with a group of rebel loners.
The show also follows the chronicles of Lindsay’s younger brother Sam Weir and his two nerdy friends as they encounter the troubles of boyhood and puberty as well, and from time to time their mishaps coincide with Lindsay’s resilience.
But there’s a catch to all of this.. it was canceled after just one season. Why? Because of NBC’s failure to find a suitable time slot for the show and bickering with the creators and writers. One of the show’s producers was Judd Apatow, the award winning director and producer. It just goes to show you what really could’ve been had they continued the show.
And don’t worry, we’ll tell you the name of the guy behind the cancellation of this underrated show. None other than Garth Ancier. Funnily, Seth Rogen confronted him a few years back and tweeted their encounter to his followers, and believe me, it sent the Internet into a feeding frenzy.
I can sit here and write all I want about how great the show is, and how it never should have been canceled, but I think it’s best if you see for yourself because actions speak louder than words.