Seth Rogen promotes all 18 episodes of Freaks and Geeks coming to Hulu by encouraging fans on Twitter to watch the show 22 years later.
Seth Rogen promotes Freaks and Geeks arriving to Hulu next week by encouraging fans to watch the series 22 years later. The high school comedy-drama series premiered on NBC in 1999 and only ran for one season before it was canceled. While the network did not feel like the series would be enough of a success like Frasier or Friends, the series has gone on to become a cult classic in the years since its cancellation, landing on many “greatest TV shows of all time” lists.
Created by Paul Feige (Bridesmaids) and executive produced by Judd Apatow, Freaks and Geeks followed a group of high school students in the 1980s in the suburban town of Chippewa, Michigan. The series revolved around Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini), a gifted student who befriends the burnouts, or “freaks” of the school – Daniel Desario (James Franco), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), Seth Rogen (Ken Miller), and Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps). The show also focused on Lindsay’s younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley) and his geeky friends as they navigate their first year of high school. The show has become beloved by fans for its depiction of teenage life and social struggles, as well as introducing many actors who would go on to become some of the biggest stars in Hollywood.Continue scrolling to keep reading
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Now over 20 years after its cancellation, Freaks and Geeks is heading to Hulu. Ahead of its January 25 arrival on the streaming service, Rogen celebrated the show in a tweet by encouraging fans to watch it. Rogen’s original tweet can be read below:
Fans will be able to binge all 18 episodes of the short-lived series, along with the show’s original soundtrack, which uniquely includes artists like Joan Jett, Van Halen, The Who, and Billy Joel. 18 episodes were completed before the cancellation, but only 12 episodes aired on NBC. Though a fan campaign led to NBC and Fox Family Channel to broadcast the remaining unaired episodes in late 2000, the series was set up to fail from the start. NBC placed it in a Saturday night time slot that never gained high viewership numbers, and its inconsistent schedule never allowed it to have much of a following. Another part of the show’s cancellation was also due to creative differences between NBC and the show’s writers, with disagreements about how the high school characters should be portrayed.
Freaks and Geeks was certainly a show that was gone too soon, and it’s great news that its legacy will be able to live on on Hulu, especially since it was taken off Netflix, where it gained a new generation of fans. Rogen has always been a firm supporter of Freaks and Geeks‘ survival since its cancellation, and he has previously commented the series would have probably had more of a chance if streaming services like Netflix or Hulu had been around at that time.
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