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Freaks and Geeks

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 Freaks and Geeks (DVD)

  Review by Elizabeth 1/20/05

Iím going to say this once and only once Ė Freaks and Geeks is by far one of the best television shows ever. Period. There is brilliant writing, superb acting and it seems so real. The actors seem to belong in McKinley High School circa 1980. This show is absolutely wonderful.

The show has Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley in the lead roles as brother and sister. The supporting cast includes Samm Levine, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Martin Starr and Busy Phillips.

In a world where most tend to look back on there high school years with rose colored glasses this is a nice change. Freaks and Geeks is about how Sam (Daley), Lindsey (Cardellini) and their friends cope with high school. Itís about not fitting in and learning to be yourself. This show doesnít always have the picture perfect happy ending, there are the good times, the bad times and the in between times. It shows the compromises being made and how each of us can be the hero and the villain at different times in our lives. It reminds us that not everything is so clear cut and easy.

The boxed set features every episode ever made of the series, including those not aired on NBC. It is filled with extras, commentaries, original music, deleted scenes and audition footage from the cast. It is truly a well made DVD set.

Freaks and Geeks is the best that television has ever offered. This show will make you laugh and cry. It will also make you glad that you never have to go back to high school again.

It breaks my heart such a gem never got a second season.

The actors (especially Graham and Bledel) deserve props for their wonderful acting ability. In a single episode you can watch as Lorelai transforms from best friend to mother to responsible innkeeper. Since the show focuses on the mother - daughter relationship so much it would be silly not to write about it. There are times when watching that one wonders if Bledel and Graham are truly related in real life. Bledel acts like what the viewer would anticipate a 16 year old Graham to have acted.

The rest of the cast is just as memorable. There is Luke Scott Patterson) who owns a diner and has a crush on Lorelai. He's gruff and not at all like Lorelai and one even begins to wonder if he knows he has feeling for Lorelai. Lorelai's parents (Emily Bishop and Edward Hermann) do an amazing job portraying the nagging parents who, when it comes right down to it love their daughter.

The entire cast of characters - everyone from Babbette to Kirk to Michel and Sookie, while extreme caricatures of life in a small town. They show true emotion that draws fans of all ages to the show.

The only complaint I have with the Season One DVD set are the special features. I would have liked to see some outtakes, however the booklet guide included for each episode was very handy. The special features that are included are a handful of deleted scenes; a mini-documentary with some revealing insights from the show's creator, cast, and crew; and some scenes from various episodes edited together in a piece that tries to capture the 'essence' of what makes the show what it is. I would have thought that there would have been more in depth interviews, but sadly, I was wrong. Overall it is a great disk set, marred only by what wasn't included as opposed to what was.

All in all, even though this is show about girls on the WB it is good. (I'm not generally a 7th Heaven type of person.) There is enough witty banter in this show to, at times, make you laugh out loud. Just like in real life situations things don't always turn out for the best and that is refreshing to see.

This show really is for everyone, and I really encourage everyone to check this show out. You won't be disappointed, I promise.

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