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Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series

Linda Cardellini , John Francis Daley    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the underdogs win June 26 2004
Freaks and Geeks, one of the best shows ever presented on television, is now available in a DVD package which sets a quality standard that will probably never be beat. There are hours of extras (including great deleted scenes and commentary tracks for every episode), and everyone involved in this effort should be congratulated. The show didn't last a full season on NBC and efforts to get another network to renew the series failed. This generally means total oblivion, but too many people cared about this show to let it disappear entirely. This DVD package represents a true victory (appropriate for a show about the underdogs of high school) and shows that quality will find an outlet if enough people appreciate it.
Freaks and Geeks presents the first truly accurate depiction of teenagers as I remember them from my own high school experience. The show is basically a complete 18 episode miniseries that chronicles one year (1980-81) at a Michigan high school. The perfect balance of comedy and serious moments gives a sense of watching real life rather than a TV show. Although the show has special relevance for my generation (I graduated in 1982), anyone who watches this show will see aspects of people they knew in high school. The actors and writers deserve a lot of credit for creating complex, nuanced characters. Anyone who remembers feeling awkward around the opposite sex, being made fun of by other kids, or feeling like an outcast can relate to the characters in this show. The show's message is that no matter how people are labeled, they remain individuals who can still surprise you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Brutal July 1 2004
By A Customer
I saw this show when it first ran on NBC and loved it. Due to NBC's constantly rescheduling the show, I missed a few episodes but I'm glad that it has all been captured on DVD. This is not your typical high school show because it is brutally honest about high school and family life and those relationships we have growing up. I like that the parents aren't typecast to be the usual dimwitted parents you usually see on TV (okay, Mr. Weir is cartoonish the first few episdoes--and pretty funny--but you do see a human side to him as the show goes on). With Mr. Schweiber, you see parents are human and have thier faults too. I'm glad the music was kept intact on these DVDs and the soundtrack alone is worth the buy. Music works great in depicting certain moods or events in the show. It kind of reminds me of a Cameron Crowe movie. This show could've taken the easy road with some episodes but the fact that it's creative in giving you the unexpected is what made it one of best shows on TV at the time. For example, in "Beers & Weirs," when the kids decide to throw a party when the parents are away, the episode isn't about them getting caught but instead it takes a much better twist. In short, don't hesitate--buy this DVD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Dean Little
4.0 out of 5 stars not worth getting into too!
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 more
Published 2 months ago by nana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best honest teenage issues shows
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Derek Borowka
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
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
Published 4 months ago by RogerWaters
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 4 months ago by Marco Adamo
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
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 9 months ago by Phylip Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Special Features
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.
Published 12 months ago by Karen Gold
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 13 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 19 months ago by Gail Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks is one of the BEST SERIES that not many people know...
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Branch
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