The Awkward Years

Freaks and Geeks DVD coverWhy would anyone want to relive high school in the 1980s?  Because it can be funny, real, and entertaining — that’s why!  Freaks and Geeks, a near-perfect series that was canceled too soon, is a welcome counterpoint to the glut of television shows that dwell on teenagers who are rich, beautiful, and overly articulate.  This is the high school experience most of us have, complete with a universe of fully-realized misfits who rise above their stereotypes.  You don’t have to like Judd Apatow films to appreciate Freaks and Geeks, though you’d recognize familiar faces Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and James Franco.  You just need a sense of humor about the years you thought you’d put behind you.