Saturday, December 3, 2011
Freaks and Geeks
Having an episodic format there is no real overarching storyline, other than the development of all the characters and their relationships to one another.
Now, teen "dramodies" aren't normally my cup of tea, but I make an exception for this show. Not only are the characters people that I can relate to personally from having either been in that situation or having had friends in similar situations, but quality of the writing and acting is well above average, and some of the situations in the show are just hilarious. It's probably also got the truest depictions of actual nerds/geeks I have ever seen on TV. Usually when you see a nerd on TV they're either strait off the set of Revenge of the Nerds, or they're NINO, (Nerds In Name Only) like Shia LeBouf in Transformers. But the characters in Freaks & Geeks are human. They act like real nerds, with all of the stresses, passtimes, and ideosyncrasies that a nerd in high school has. Granted, like any prime-time show, there are some contrived situations and soliloquies that a real person would never make in real life, but overall the show feels very realistic and... well... Human.
Bottom Line: If you've never seen this show, do yourself a favor and rent the DVDs. They've released all 18 episodes, so you'll get about 33% more than was shown on TV, and you'll love it.