Freaks and Geeks


Feeling Retro? Timmie and Ryan travel back in time to discuss a Feig and Apatow classic from 1999, Freaks and Geeks. Grab your green army jacket, and find out what we’ve learned about high school.

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I. Intro 

A. New TV Series

B.  Why Freaks and Geeks?

II. Lessons From Freaks and Geeks [00:09:00]

A.  Value of Personal Stories

  • People identify with specificity

B.  Let Scenes Speak for Themselves

  • Don’t overuse music
  • When you do use it, have it do something
    • As a character

C. Use Real People

  • Apatow and Feig wanted the actors to look like people you would know in your hometown

D. Make Things Realistic

  • Desaturated colors
  • Drab sets and costumes

E. Don’t Use Stereotypes

F. Drama and Conflict Can Come from the Most Banal Sources

  • Having to take a shower at gym
  • Playing pin the bottle
  • Going to an academic summit
  • Having to take a math test

G.  Collaborate With Talented People

III. Why Was This Show Canceled? [00:44:08]

A. Low Ratings

B. Terrible Time Slot

C. “It’s Just A TV Show…”

D.  What Would They Have Done In Season 2?

IV. The Best Of… [00:52:45]

A.  Favorite Character

B.  Favorite Moment(s)

C.  Favorite Episode

D.  Are You A Freak or A Geek?

V. Extras [01:11:00]

A. Two Times Ryan Yelled At the Screen

B. How Does Apatow’s Undeclared compare with Freaks and Geeks?

C. “Would You Want It To Come Back?”

VI. Mini Segments [01:17:28]

A.  NJAM Sees It: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2014)

VI. Conclusions [01:19:12]

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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