Five Ways Something Ruined My LifeFive ways ‘Freaks and Geeks' ruined my lifeErin Mallory Long

Huge Freaks and Geeks news: The cast is reuniting this week! Fifteen years after the brief but classic series ended its run, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, Samm Levine, Martin Starr, David Gruber Allen and Steve Bannos (no word on James Franco?!) will all appear at the TV Land Awards to accept a befitting “15th Anniversary Award.” The guys behind the series, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, will also be at the awards show, which tapes on Saturday and airs on April 18 on TVLand, obvs. In anticipation of this epic reunion, let’s take a look back at why this show was totally life-changing—because it really, really was.  

I binge-watched Freaks and Geeks while studying abroad in Dublin in 2004. When it was actually on the air I was IN high school, saw part of one episode and deemed it “too real” for me to handle AS a high school student. Which, I still stick by that assessment. I was not emotionally prepared to handle Freaks and Geeks in the 1999-2000 school year. I was too busy taking Chemistry and figuring out how to handle going to prom.

But in 2004, I was ready. Luckily, by this point, I was already in love with Busy Phillips from Dawson’s Creek so I was on board with her immediately (and wanted all of her clothes) and I quickly fell in love with everyone else. I mean, this show has James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini (who I knew as the murderess daughter from Legally Blonde, hello!), Martin Starr and everyone awesome.

Kim Kelly Freaks and Geeks

This is the show that gave me a horrifying look at peanut allergies, taught me about people pretending to be drunk and was the second thing I watched around the same time that referenced Mathletes. So, in honor of Linda Cardellini’s appearance on the Sunday season premiere of Mad Men here are five ways Freaks and Geeks ruined my life:

1. Forced Me To Think About Whether I Was a “Freak” or a “Geek”

The unfortunate and boring answer is…I was probably neither.

I was really closest to Lindsay Weir in high school. I had normal (not Millie-level, though) friends, I was in the “smart” classes, I just focused on school. I never had anything that forced me to the “freaks” but I did date a guy who loved wearing tie dye in 2001 (and everything that implies) and played in a band and stuff so…that’s pretty close.

Freaks and Geeks

I wasn’t really a geek even though I’m sure now someone would love to call me that. If anything, I spent my free time with the other theater kids so if you call THAT geeky…which you probably would, then I could be a geek but not in the same way as on Freaks and Geeks.

So I guess I had geek and freak tendencies? IDK. I’m still not settled on this one.

2. Gave Me Another Great Dance Scene That Uses “Come Sail Away”

I had to write a paper in 2002 on a movie. I picked The Virgin Suicides and subsequently spent an entire week watching the movie on loop. (This caused a few concerned looks from my roommate but otherwise I escaped unscathed.)

There’s a scene at a school dance in The Virgin Suicides which involves the song “Come Sail Away” and is one of the greatest scenes ever. In the movie. In other movies. Ever.

But then I watched Freaks and Geeks and there’s ANOTHER awesome school dance scene involving this same song. Why is it such a perfect song for these scenes?

Freaks and Geeks Come Sail Away

Someone luckily mashed these scenes up for us so just take a look.

3. I Only Describe Them As “Lindsay Weir” Jackets Now

lindsay weir Freaks and Geeks

Do you know how many times since 2004 I have thought “I want to be Lindsay Weir for Halloween?” A lot. But I assume no one will get it unless I have a whole cast with me and that’s such a hassle and I’ll do it later, okay?

But every time I see any sort of Army jacket I think “Lindsay Weir.”

I bought the awesome jacket in the main photo because I was like, “It’s Modern Day Lindsay Weir” and now it’s the only jacket I wear. Ever.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000434082822 Gabi Baker

    Freak and Geeks is Awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706937011 Nicky Watson

    D&D is great!!! It’s about as underrated as a game as Freaks & Geeks is underrated as a show :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000077965591 Maricruz Valtierra

    i love that i was just talking about this earlier this week and here we are now :) thanks for a good read!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591340850 Rachael Layne

    I discovered this show about 6 months ago and marathon watched all of the episodes. I wanted more… wish they could have continued the show. It was very believable for an overall comedy show. Somewhat like That 70’s Show but of a different caliber.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1199727602 Joy Miller

    Does anybody know what backstage stuff was happening during the series finale? I can’t find info on that anywhere! Also @Rachael Layne it’s funny you compare the show to that 70’s show have you heard of the feud between judd and mark http://www.well.com/~doctorow/laundry.txt

  • gina mei

    Why is no one commenting on your amazing Photoshop job, though?!

  • Betül

    Freaks and Geeks is the king underrated shows and of course it’s waaay better than That 70s Show. Yes, i adore the show like it’s freaking Led Zeppelin ;)

  • http://www.bonjourvieve.com/ Bonjourvieve

    Definitely such an underrated show. Love it.

  • Annon Mous

    It was a good show. Ground breaking to have an hour long dramatic comedy on network TV, especially with teenage characters.
    They chickened out on sex and pot, but still managed to get some subversiveness through

    It’s gotta be akward for Cardellini and Segel since they dated for years, she dumped him, and then he wrote that forgetting sarah marshall movie.

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