Friday, January 13, 2006

best show ever.

Okay, I admit it. I'd never seen Freaks & Geeks before, but I'm watching it now. It's the best.

At first an outsider might think this is a show full of cliches -- The geeks. The stoners. The Jocks. The nerds. This is true, but that's what high school is, an on going cliche. What's great is that at first you do see the characters as cliches. You group them into the same categories people get lumped into all the time.

Then, as each episode passes, you start to see other sides to these characters. They're multi-dimensional and have a hyper-realism about them. For example, take Tom Wilson ("Biff" from the greatest movie of all time) who plays a coach/P.E./health instructor. Sure we see him clapping his hands yelling "Let's go ladies" to a bunch of guys during practice. We see him postively reinforce jock behavior during a dodge ball match, too. But then we see him teaching a sex education class. When he finds out Sam is confused about sex and bothered by it after seeing a porno, he closes the door to his office with an "I could lose my job telling you this" disclaimer. Next, porn music drowns out all other sound as we watch through the window as he tells this kid what's up. We see the kid make faces in disgust and eventually he starts cracking up laughing. And this isn't actor-style fake laughing by a 24 year old playing a high school student. It's a real kid really laughing. It's great.

I've only seen the first 5 episodes and the one I just described is number 5 (Test & Breasts.) I liked the first 4 a lot, but this one is the first one I've loved. I think it's because the first 4 were all about Lindsey trying to fit in with a different crowd of kids. It felt like every story was centered around her and this same dilemma.

Can't wait to watch the rest of these.


At 2:07 PM, Anonymous TV's Kyle said...

I love that show! I cast Dave "Gruber" Allen who plays Mr Rosso in the cartoon short I'm doing for Nickelodeon now. I also saw Samm Levine in the audience of a comedy show I was at last month, but I didn't really know what to say to him, so I didn't bother him.


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