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FREAKS AND GEEKS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
January 28, 2016  | By David Bianculli
 

This is a TV comedy series about high school, putting it in the same continuum as The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Gidget, Square Pegs, My So-Called Life and The Wonder Years. It lasted only one season, but it’s a very important part of that continuum, and this Shout! Factory release more than does Freaks and Geeks justice. All 18 episodes of the series are collected here, unedited, including the groundbreaking episode in which Seth Rogen, as high-schooler Ken, copes with a surprising secret about his new girlfriend. This 1999-2000 series was created by Paul Feig, with Judd Apatow as one of its writer-producers, and the comedy lineage, especially to today’s Apatow movie hits, is strong. Cast members include Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel and stars Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley, who play brother and sister, navigating their way through high school. It’s an excellent series with a heart, and even more fun to watch to see Franco and company at such a young age. It’s due in March 2016 on Blu-ray, but for now, this is a great price for the DVD set.David Bianculli

 
 
 
 
 
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