10/17/2006

Something You May Have Missed...

My readers are pretty savvy when it comes to knowing what's good, so I suspect many of you watched this show when it was on. For those of you that didn't, this is one that you'll want to watch on DVD. It will suck you in and you'll wonder what TV exec's head was up his or her ass that they decided to cancel it. The show was called Freaks & Geeks. It takes place in the early eighties. It comes closer than any other show I've seen to representing what my childhood years were like - a suburban world full of fruit roll-ups and Garanimals. Even though it would've been a few years ahead of me, I can still relate to it. There's the impossibly sunny mom who is WAY into Halloween and gets chastised for giving out unwrapped cookies to the kids. There are the awkwardly tense dinners with the cranky dad. The first car accident. The first fake ID. The horrid garage band with big dreams. The AV club and their D & D all-nighter. The first kegger when the parents are out of town. This show was hilarious, had heart, and was real, meaning the kids looked like they were in high school, not like dinosaurs on 90210. Check it out!

10 comments:

lulu said...

One of the BEST TV shows evah! Rock!

The Boob Lady said...

OMG!! I love, love, loved this show!! You are my hero!

Big Orange said...

Oh, God, I was sooo depressed and suicidal in H.S., why on earth would I want to RELIVE that as ENTERTAINMENT?

No, gimmie "Eraserhead" every time. Something light and fluffy compared to my childhood.

Zed said...

I'm going to see if I can find this one on DVD. Now that I've read your review, I'm anxious to watch it. Thanks, Chris.

Chris said...

Lulu & Boob Lady- My already high respect for your taste has grown.
B.O.- I think you'd be pleasantly surprised...
Zed- You'll like it, I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

I ADORED this show when it was on! I need ot find the DVD -- no doubt.

The Boob Lady said...

I also must tell you that I enjoyed "Popular" as well.

Tenacious S said...

Uh, the show was written about me. I was the girl in the army jacket in the smoking lot that was also in student council and in the honor society. the only place they got it wrong was that I was never into The Dead. Punk rock, baby.

Tenacious S said...

Oh, and I have the box set so I can live my youth over and over again.

Chris said...

Tenacious S- Welcome! Yeah, the Lindsay character is the one I can relate to the best. I had mainly "freak" friends, but I still had to keep my parents happy. And I never got into the Dead, either.