12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show That Did Everything Right
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...
Published on June 28 2004
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Show, but Overrated
F&G was a decent show, but certainy doesn't deserve all of the five star ratings it has recieved. I understand that alot of loyal fans wanted it to continue, and I myself would have liked to have seen some of the characters develop over another season. But just because you enjoyed a show doesn't mean that you should give it a perect rating.
While it was an...
Published on May 24 2004 by Jarrod Anselmo
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show That Did Everything Right,
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This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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. Personal highlights include "Carded and Discarded" (The geeks befriend a new female student who's gradually being sucked into the popular crowd), "The Diary" (Mr. and Mrs. Weir read Lindsay's diary only to learn more about themselves more than their daughter).
And if that weren't enough, the entire cast was impeccably put together. I could watch the entire series without ever paying attention to anything but the acting, and I'd still be endlessly entertained. James franco's naturalism ("Tests and Breasts" is, in my opinion, his best episode), Martin Starr's assuredly brilliant readings (see him in "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers"). Jason Segel's awkward adorability, the list goes on.
And the music... I can't wait for the soundtrack.
This is a show that did everything right. And yet, it was cancelled. Do yourself a favor and buy it on DVD. Then, once you've watched it all, show it to everyone you know.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great set,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of Special Features,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: Yearbook Edition (DVD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars funny and lesson learning :),
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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 online. I was so happy I could buy the series finally.
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks is one of the BEST SERIES that not many people know about.,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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...
5.0 out of 5 stars Freaks and Geeks. Ahead of it's time,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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. It's too bad that it got cancelled before it got a chance to continue. It stands the test of time!
5.0 out of 5 stars Judd is the best,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series! Most realistic portrayal of High School ever!,
This review is from: Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (DVD)The series was amazing. I had heard about it from a few friends who told me that it was really good and that it had Seth Rogan and Jason Segal, which was all I needed. I watched the whole series in one weekend and could not have enjoyed it more.
The characters were so well written and realistic. It felt like I was watching people I knew from my own high school. Also, the storylines they came up with weren't the cookie cutter plotlines that seem to emerge with every other teenage show nowadays(not that I don't enjoy those shows too). This show just seemed to show all different perspectives of high school personalities, not just the freaks and the geeks but also the popular crowd as well as the teachers and parents take on things.
Also, There was not a single character in the show that at one point or another I wasn't empathizing with, Even allan the bully and Vicki the cheerleader had their moments.
Ken and Nick both were cute in their own awkward ways. Daniel was just so likable then even thought he never seemed to do anything right you always wanted him to suceed. Kim was so rude that I couldn't help but laugh. Her rant about "on The Road" had me in tears. Neil and Lindsay both had their moments as well. Sam, I never really connected with but I guess I can't really complain because he still was a great character.
After I'd finished, I had wished the show had lasted longer, but that might have taken away from what it was. A brief bright light in the otherwise dark and bland television universe. If it had gone on longer who's to say it would've maintained the quality that everyone seems to love so much.
To sum up, If you are looking for a TV show that will not only entertain you but also make you laugh and relive your own high school experience(as good or bad as that may be) then this is the show for you. If you don't like or appreciate this show, I feel sorry for you.
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Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series by Linda Cardellini (DVD - 2004)
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