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"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.
Box set features:
- The complete series all 18 episodes on 6 DVDs, including the directors cut of the pilot, with never-before-seen footage.
- Deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes.
- 29 audio commentaries by the actors, writers, directors, network executives, parents of cast members and obsessive fans.
- 28-page booklet with an essay by "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig, Q&A with executive producer/writer Judd Apatow and illustrated by extremely geeky photos.
- Deluxe DVDigistak style package with graphics behind the clear trays in a sturdy slip-case.
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
I enjoyed the series but it annoyed me a little too. I find the series a tad overrated but also am perplexed that it didn't last since it is better than a lot of shows of this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jk
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... Read morePublished 12 months ago by nana
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). Read morePublished 13 months ago by Derek Borowka
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 DalyPublished 13 months ago by RogerWaters
I was expecting something of the quality of Judd Apatow films and instead get a watered down version of That 70s Show. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Marco Adamo
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!Published 18 months ago by Phylip Mason