Set in Michigan in 1980, the show focueses on two cliques of adolescent outcasts: The Freaks (Led Zeppelin-worshiping, jean-jacket-wearing burnouts), and the Geeks (the Dungeons & Dragon-playing, athletically challenged losers).
"A lot of shows have soap opera elements or fantasy fulfillment," says executive producer Judd Apatow. "We wanted to do a show that was exactually what it was like."
Far from a hormone-soaked fantasy, this series is practially a documentary of creator Paul Feig's dweebish Midwestern youth. Feig teamed up with longtme friend Apatow, an ex-Larrry Sanders Show producer, and the pair of pitched the series to NBC, figuring it was along shot.
Not only did NBC buy the show, the net even gave the thumbs-up to a suprisingly non-glittery cast. Amoung them: John Daley, 14, (Sam Weir) the twentysomething Linda Cardelini (Lindsay Weir)......
"My High School didn't look anything like any of the shows that are on TV," Explains Apatow. "There was maybe one gorgeous firl, and looking back, she wan't all that hot anyway."
The time slot far from ideal: 8p.m. on Saturday, the least-watched night of TV. And then there's that little question of mass appeal. Sad to say, but smart, frank writing about teen angst doesn't necessarily translate into huge ratings.
"The jury's still out on whether this show will find an adience," says Freaks and Geeks supervising producer Michael White, a former Dawson's Creek writer. "But it's definently getting a buzz because it's doing something different and interesting. I'm so tired of writing about kids who are too extrordinary for words. It'll be good to have a show on the air that actually makes teens fell like winners compared to the people they're watching." -- A.J. Jacobs, Entertainment Weekly.