Freaks and Geeks is an American period teen comedy-drama show created by Paul Feig.

Premise Edit

Set in the town of Chippewa, Michigan, the show focuses on teenage siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir as they attend William McKinley High School during the 1980-1981 school year. Linday's friends - Daniel Desario, Ken Miller, Nick Andopolis, and Kim Kelly - constitute the title's "freaks"; Sam's friends - Neal Schweiber and Bill Haverchuck - constitute the "geeks." Recurring characters include the Weirs' parents, Harold and Jean; Millie Kentner, Lindsay's nerdy and highly religious former best friend; and Cindy Sanders, the attractive, popular cheerleader who serves as Sam's crush.

One of the central strands of the show is Linday's attempt to transform her life as an academically proficient student, star "mathlete," and young girl into a rebellious teenager who hangs out with troubled slackers. This contributes to her relationships with her new friends and the friction they cause with her parents. The other strand follows Sam and his geeky friends as they navigate a different part of of the social universe and try to fit in.

Why It Was Cancelled Edit

One of the cited reasons was for the show's inability to gain an audience due to its "erratic scheduling" and poor time slots. But it was really because NBC and the show's creative directors had conflicting views after the company brought in a new network president, Garth Ancier, who did not understand public school life and its relevance due to going to a boarding school and then on to Princeton. The network as a whole did not seem to understand the concept of realistically showcasing life as ordinary teenagers. There were also arguments among writers Jake Kasdan and Judd Apatow on the "lack of victories" in the script and that the characters needed to be cool. The writers wanted to produce something that would represent the average high school experience, but the network wanted to produce something that would make high school seem cool. This conflict, followed by the network telling the writers to add some material to the script as they were not confidant in the show being a hit, led to the show being cancelled after twelve episodes were aired. However, a fan-led campaign led NBC to air the three unaired episodes in July 2000 for a total of 18, aired that September on the Fox Family Channel.