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Critics and fans alike agree that NBC's all too short-lived series Freaks and Geeks was a unique and brilliant piece of television. So, to celebrate the release of the Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series DVD box set, here's a unique review, and interview with show creator Paul Feig and the man who made the DVD set possible, Richard Williams, written by the brilliant Henry Hanks, who is an official Honorary McKinleyan.
Review and Interview by: Henry Hanks
First off, I am a huge fan of the short-lived NBC series Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000). Huge. I can't remember how now, but somehow I tracked down series creator Paul Feig's homepage and had to e-mail him to tell him he was absolutely brilliant. This after I'd only seen two episodes. I wrote letters to the network to keep the show on the air and to bring it back when it was canceled later. I did everything I could to get my hands on tapes of the unaired episodes as well. I posted at freaksandgeeks.com regularly. So when I heard this show was going to be on DVD, I was very excited and had high expectations. After watching one of the six DVDs in the regular set (due April 6), I think it's safe to say my expectations were surpassed.
The director's cut of the pilot, behind-the-scenes footage of Linda Cardellini and John Daley goofing off, promos of the show, hilarious commentaries that really make you realize how much fun everyone had making the show, deleted scenes galore... and again, that's just some of what's on the first disc. This is the fan's dream come true... undoubtedly the best television series DVD set I've ever seen, and trust me, I've seen a lot of them. (The deluxe freaksandgeeks.com edition is even better, as it comes with a yearbook, chock full of pictures and engrossing articles... yes, even a photo of yours truly showing off my geekinees.) If you've seen the show before and liked it, this is a must-buy. If you've never seen it before, now's the time to check it out. You can thank me later.
A Conversation with Richard Williams and Paul Feig
Since the advent of TV series on DVD, fans of the 1999-2000 cult classic NBC show Freaks and Geeks have been clamoring for the full series to get a DVD release. For one reason or another, it had a lot of trouble getting off the ground, but the DVD collection is on its way April 6, and all of the fans' dreams have come true. Richard Williams, the man responsible for putting the