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Hall of Fame: Freaks and Geeks

Bill Haverchuck - allergic to nuts.

Most of you by now have seen Judd Apatow’s masterpiece Freaks and Geeks. For those that haven’t, Freaks and Geeks was a shamefully short-lived comedy/drama that originally aired on NBC in 1999. Due to some poor ratings, only 18 episodes were ever produced. If asked to to describe Freaks and Geeks in a nutshell, it was a show about “the other” people in high school. It was a show about the kids that sat in the back of class day dreaming about Dungeons and Dragons, comedy records, and having the ultimate drum kit. Freaks and Geeks was also one of the most realistic depictions of youth that I’ve ever seen on a television series. If you haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks for one reason or another, by all means seek it out.

The clip below nearly made me tear up when I first saw it many years ago. You see Bill and I were a lot alike in high school. Just like Bill, I was a “latch-key kid” and would often come home to an empty house. Also like Bill, I was allergic to most everything, including nuts. And finally, seeing someone so damn happy to eat a grilled cheese just brought me joy.

  • Cereb

    boy i can relate to that whole clip lol

  • dtmexploded

    Great post. One of my all time favorite shows.

    • Ash

      It’s a shame more people don’t appreciate this show. And whatever happened to that James Franco kid anyway?

      • dtmexploded

        I think he ended up on General Hospital.

  • Love this show and it has lots of great music!

  • Lets see: a show that’s not on CBS, and not about detectives, crime, or investigating crime scene evidence. Cancelled. That Judd Apatow is going to be a nobody… oh wait.

  • I’d marry Bill Haverchuck