Freaks and Geeks - An Oral History in Vanity Fair

The latest issue of Vanity Fair has done an oral history of Freaks and Geeks, the 13 episode teen comedy-drama from 1999.  Set in 1980 in Michigan it is about a brother and a sister and their groups of friends at High School.  Produced and created by Judd Aptow and Paul Feig this cult TV show was the anti-Dawson Creek as it dealt with awkwardness, teen age humiliation and growing up like nothing else on TV.  Just like My So Called Life and Firefly, the shortness of the run of the show has stopped the drop in quality and has captured a show in its creative prime, trying to tell honest stories the best way they can.

This show is the launching pad for some fantastic actors - Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jason Segal, Busy Philips (who also did a stint on Dawson's Creek), Samm Levine, and Martin Starr.  It is also the beginning of the Judd Aptow troupe of actors.  As Aptow says in the article, Knocked Up is just what happened to Seth Rogan's character when he got older.   

The article is great.  Showing what it was like during the making of the show, the cancellation, and the impact the show has had on the actors, creators, and writers.  Well worth a read.