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Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series

Linda Cardellini , John Francis Daley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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The comedy/drama Freaks and Geeks limped through its sole season on NBC in 1999 before being expelled by the network--but not before earning critical acclaim and a devoted fan base that fought valiantly to keep it on the air. Now all 18 episodes have been released in this long-awaited boxed set, which allows longtime fans and first-timers alike to enjoy one of television's most poignant and funny programs about high school.

Created by writer-comedian Paul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow (The Larry Sanders Show), Freaks and Geeks followed the Weir siblings--former math whiz Lindsay (Linda Cardellini of the Scooby-Doo feature films and ER) and her younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley)--as they navigated the perils and pleasures of a Michigan high school circa 1980. What separated Freaks and Geeks from most other scholastic series was its brutal honesty--Lindsay and Sam, as well as their friends and parents, were given very human personas that showed failure, malice, indecision, and moments of great clarity. Likewise, the plotlines rarely offered pat solutions to the characters' conflicts--the show unfolded in a naturalistic manner, which was a welcome respite for viewers tired of flashy high school dramas. When combined with its smart dialogue and winning performances (the cast included SCTV veteran Joe Flaherty and Spider-Man star James Franco, as well as the sublime and criminally underrecognized Martin Starr and Seth Rogen as Sam's pal Bill and dry-witted Ken, respectively), the show became a haven for fans of quality television, if only for a brief period of time.

The six-disc boxed set provides over 40 hours of supplemental material, which should satiate even the most obsessive of fans. Twenty-nine separate commentaries from the show's creators, cast (and as some of their parents!), composer Mike Andrews, and fans are included, as are 60 deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and cast auditions. However, the most striking extra is the warmth that radiates from the commentary participants--their pleasure in taking part in such a quality program is palpable, and will undoubtedly be echoed by all who watch these discs. --Paul Gaita

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Over 35,000 Fans Have Demanded It, And So It Has Come. That'S How Many Rabid "Freaks And Geeks" Fans Have Signed A Petition Via The Internet To Plead For Its Release On Dvd. "Freaks And Geeks," The Emmy Award-Winning Series About The Trials And Tribulations Of High School Outsiders In 1980 Michigan Is Finally Coming Out On Dvd In Its Original Form, With All The Original Music. And Believe Us - Clearing Over 130 Music Cues From The Likes Of The Who, Billy Joel, Bob Seger And Their Peers Was No Easy Task. "Freaks And Geeks" Ran For Only One Television Season, But Arguably Remains The Most Sought-After Series Yet To Be Released On Dvd. Just 18 Episodes Were Made, But Its Legend Has Exploded Over Time. Cast Members Have Gone On To Stardom, Articles Have Continued To Be Written, Internet Activity Abounds. Shout! Factory Celebrates This Incredible Television Series With The Passionate Treatment It Deserves.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great set July 11 2004
By Alan
I can't believe they actually got this made with all of the original music! This was a great series that accurately portrayed the trials and tribulations of being an outcast during the high school years. Well written, and with a great cast, if you haven't seen this yet you owe it to yourself to check it out.
On a different note, I have to commend whoever designed the packaging for this set: many times when you buy a DVD set with 4 or more discs, the packaging folds out for you to access the discs. With 4 discs it can be awkward, but with, say, 7 discs, it's quite cumbersome. This set is different -- each disk is on its own "page" so to speak, so that getting the disc you want to watch is as simple as opening a book and turning to the right spot. It's also a lot more durable than the "fold out" style packaging.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show That Did Everything Right June 28 2004
By A Customer
Life is never perfect, it's an inarguable fact. So how can a show be so utterly realistic and, at the same time, be absolutely perfect? I don't know the answer. Thankfully, the people behind Freaks and Geeks have put together an incredible DVD box set enabling thier viewers to ponder the inanswerable question over and over and over.
For some (myself included), High School was a dreadfully painful experience. And now, with the help of Freaks and Geeks, you can relive those awful High School experiences. This, to some reviewers on this posting, is a bad thing. But that's precisely the charm of this series. Finally, someone has gone out and depicted High School realistically. Our experiences are universal. Sometimes they're hilarious, often times they're unbelievably painful. But, they're always engaging. This series wasn't just about sitting back, shutting off your cerebral faculties and yukking it up for an hour. This show was about falling in love with characters you could understand, and following them through the all of their relatable experiences, good or bad.
I have explored and watched every available extra in this collection and I strongly recommend it to everyone who's lived or is currently living an average High School experience. If you were unconditionally popular, then skip this DVD collection, you won't understand it. You'll dislike or misjudge all of the characters and their motivations, just as you presumably did in High School. But, for everyone else, buy it as soon as is humanly possible.
Buy it firstly for the relatability of the show. But, if that isn't enough for you, buy it for the characters and the plotting. Storylines featured in this show are some of the most original, touching and realistic ever depicted on television or in film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw the series in rerun, it only had ONE season, on MuchMore Music in Canada. It was a well cast, Linda Cardellini,Jason Segal,James Franco,Seth Rogan,Busy Philips,Joe Flaherty, ... and the story lines were very good. It is well worth the money.
P.S. Judd Apatow directed and executive produced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not worth getting into too! June 24 2014
By nana TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This could have been a very successful series had they not cut it off so quickly. Don't waste your money because you just get into knowing the characters and following along with interest and what...the series is over!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best honest teenage issues shows May 23 2014
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Our family watched this series on Netflix, but I just had to get it here on Amazon at a great price (for the additional supplementary content). Having raised 2 teenagers I can attest that this show is a frank representation of the challenges that teens and their parents face. Excellent writing, excellent character development.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing May 13 2014
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One of my favourite shows out here. Jason Segal is hilarious. Not appropriate for children. James Franco is amazing in this shoe, as is John Francis Daly
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad Dec 24 2013
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not that bad of a show. really love the 80s and it really hits the nail on the head with its story. would recommend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Special Features Sept. 11 2013
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The ultimate edition for Freaks and Geeks fans. The amount of special features surpasses most collections. The content will keep you busy for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 days ago by Dean Little
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny, engaging, or entertaining
I was expecting something of the quality of Judd Apatow films and instead get a watered down version of That 70s Show. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marco Adamo
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and lesson learning :)
this show is great! i got it delivered in great condition. Ive never seen the show before and didnt realize it was only one season but it is very enjoyable to watch! :)
Published 11 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series
I remember watching this on TV, and I was very upset when it was cancelled. I saw a really good article about the show in "Vanity Fair", and I searched for Freaks and Geeks... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gail Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
This was a great show...way beyond its time.
The quality is terrific, the price was right and I couldn't find it anywhere else...
Published 19 months ago by karen warwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks. Ahead of it's time
I thought this was a very well done series. I watched it on Netflix in 2012, 13 years after it was released and I think probably better than like 90% of the shows out now. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Donny Naidu
5.0 out of 5 stars Judd is the best
All Judd Apatow work is outstanding. If you haven't seen his stuff, go watch it as soon as possible. Undeclared, all his movies, anything.
Published 19 months ago by Sketcher
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