A while back I blogged about the complete
Freaks & Geeks episodes coming to DVD. Well I got my package last
Monday in the mail. I decided to go ahead and flip the bill for
The Freaks &
Geeks Limited Edition Set because I am such a fan of this series.
They really did an outstanding job on the packaging. The DVD set arrives
as a 1980-81 McKinley High yearbook, with the majority of the pages
being behind the scenes photos and stories from the writers and
actors and the DVDs are neatly tucked away in the last few
pages. They even went to the extent of having what look to be handwritten
notes on the front and back covers of the yearbook. When my girlfriend
came home from work and saw it, she thought it was one of my high school
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it really was one of the
best written shows I've seen in a long time. I recommmend anyone
who grew up in the 80s (or even late 70s) in to check out
this series. There are so many instances of show that could have
been written as moments out of my own life, it's just scary. Paul
Feig is really a great writer. (After Freaks & Geeks ended,
he did another great short-lived sitcom called Undeclared
for FOX.) I probably relate with the show even more because
I was somewhere between the Freaks (or what we called "hoods") and
the Geeks (aka D&D playing, sci-fi, comedy loving kids.) Growing
up I played D&D, listened to heavy metal, played guitar for awhile,
hung out with my friend's garage bands, drove around time looking
for stuff to do, read fantasy novels, etc. So, I relate with
both sides of the show.
If you enjoy the music of the 80s, you'll love this
series even more. Part of the problem with releasing this series
on DVD was they wanted to use original music used in the show.
It cost them a pretty penny to get the licensing to use the
tunes by Van Halen, Rush, The Who, etc, etc, etc. There's so much
great back music packed in these episodes.