Paul Feig looks back on 'Freaks and Geeks,' reveals unlikely influence


For a show that only ran for one season, consisting of 18 episodes, 'Freaks and Geeks' has developed such a devoted fan base that calling it a "cult" classic almost seems like an insult - the word "cult" is not needed. Time Magazine listed the show on its "100 Greatest Shows of All Time list" and called it the third-best program produced during the 2000s (decade). Entertainment Weekly has named it the 13th-best series of the last quarter century, and TV Guide ranked it #1 of its top 60 shows that were "cancelled too soon."

FeigThe show starred 'Mad Men's Linda Cardellini, 'Cougar Town's Busy Phillips and three of the most popular comedic actors working in film today in James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. 

Paul Feig created the show and has since seen his star rise as well, as he has directed television shows such as 'The Office,' 'Arrested Development,' 'Mad Men,' and 'Nurse Jackie.' Additionally, he directed the hit feature film "Bridesmaids" and the upcoming Sandra Bullock-vehicle "The Heat." 

Recently Feig talked about his influences, revealing that an unlikely book served as one of his inspirations and drew an odd reaction from one of his 'Freaks' stars.

"That to me is like a sacred text," said Feig about J.D. Salinger's "Catcher In The Rye.” "I can’t read it that often because it sends me to a different world. When we were doing Freaks and Geeks, I bought the cast copies of 'Catcher in the Rye'. I remember giving it to James Franco and Franco rolling his eyes at me, because I was in my thirties, and he was like, 'This is Teenager 101.'"

To read the entire list of influences, click here.

Is there any chance for more 'Freaks'? Given the new life afforded to 'Veronica Mars' via Kickstarer and 'Arrested Development' on Netflix, would Feig consider getting the gang back together again in a similar manner?

Rogen"Oh, we couldn't afford them (the stars of 'Freaks'). It'd be the most expensive cast ever. I've never seen a good reunion - in real life or on film," he said to the LA Times. "There's always something that's wrong. Half the time, you're just thinking, 'Oh, look how old they are'."

Still, he left the door open a sliver.

"Never say never. I love them all. But we're probably best served leaving the past behind," he added.

Rogen, who played Ken on the show, has gone on record saying he would be open to doing a reunion. Would you watch?


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Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 19th, 2013, 10:05 am


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The pilot episode of Freaks And Geeks was possibly the best hour of television of all time. I am a proud owner of the original yearbook edition of the DVD set. I'd be first in line to watch a reunion.
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