Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Are you a Freak of a Geek?

Christmas showed its beautiful face again this year, bringing with it tons of holiday joy.

Nestled among the wish list gifts under the tree (a Magic 8 Ball and Katy Perry's perfume, Purr) was an unexpected obsession in a box set.

The gift was the 18-episode box set of the 1999-2000 Paul Feig and Judd Apatow show "Freaks and Geeks," complete with all of its original music.

(L to R Freaks: Daniel Desario, Lindsay Weir, Nick Andopolis, Ken Miller; Geeks: Sam Weir, Bill Haverchuck, and Neil Schweiber)

The show revolves around Lindsay Weir, a teenage girl in 1980. She befriends a group of burnouts, or "freaks," and her younger brother Sam heads the group of "geeks."

The show's subtle humor is hilarious, yet each episode has an interesting plot line.

Full of present-day comedic heavy hitters such as Jason Segel, James Franco, and Seth Rogen, "Freaks and Geeks" has quickly risen to the top of my list of favorite TV shows... ever. Although the show didn't last through an entire season before the plug was pulled, it is a classic that I would recommend to just about anyone.

I will end this with dialogue between Lindsay and Mr. Weir (Lindsay's father) that I think epitomizes how funny the show really is.
Mr. Weir: You know who used to cut class? Jimi Hendrix. You know what happened to him? He died! Choking on his own vomit.
Lindsay: Daddy, I skipped Latin.
Mr. Weir: Oh. Well I can understand why you wouldn't want to learn about that. It's only the building block of our language!

Recommended episodes: I'm With the Band, Smooching and Mooching, Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers