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Paul Feig, Judd Apatow talk realistic teen shows in Freaks And Geeks exclusive

16 years ago, Freaks And Geeks entered our lives and met its demise, all in about 10 months. But the short-lived series launched the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Martin Starr, and John Francis Daley (among others), as well as earned a significant cult following. Freaks And Geeks filled the void in teen TV programming between more perilous adolescent struggles (see: Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and the ultimately meandering melodrama of Dawson’s Creek. The show essentially brought together the sort of awkward and/or nerdy kids who were often relegated to the sidelines or punchlines of other dramedies and put them front and center.

In this exclusive clip from Shout! Factory’s Blu-ray release of the full series—which hits stores today—creator Paul Feig and executive producer Judd Apatow talk about their determination to develop a realistic teen show that eschewed the wish fulfillment of other series.

When Feig and Apatow set out to tell relatable stories from a different high-school demographic, it was partially in reaction to the glossy content of other coming-of-age tales on TV. Apatow even says he brought some of the Larry Sanders approach from that sitcom, on which he’d recently served as a writer, producer, and director. There was also a strict “no bullshit” rule.


The Freaks And Geeks Blu-ray edition is available as of today through Shout! Factory.

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