Freaks And Geeks Reunion Inspires A Lot Of Fist Shaking At Short-Sighted TV Execs

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Freaks and Geeks cast reunites for Vanity Fair

The bad news first: 1) We have no time machine to fix the errors of the past; and 2) this Freaks and Geeks reunion of which we speak was just for the January issue of Vanity Fair, not for a TV special or a spinoff about Nick and Lindsay’s daughter. Exec producer Judd Apatow (whose birthday, incidentally, is today) guest-edited this first-ever Comedy Issue of the magazine, and used that as an opportunity to gather the whole gang from (the non-Glee) McKinley High for a photo and a really long oral history of the show that aired from 1999-2000.

“This is the first time the cast has been together in a room — all of them — since the year 2000,” Apatow says in a behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot. “We’re excited because I don’t think this will ever happen again.”

Freaks and Geeks

The cast of Freaks and Geeks back in the day.


Yep, Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Jason Segel, Busy Philipps, Seth Rogen, John Francis Daley and the rest are all there, and the gathering of these stars — so many of whom went on to huge success — reopens old wounds for fans who still can’t wrap their minds around the fact that NBC canceled the show after one season.

“It’s just an incredible group of people,” Apatow says. “That was the heartbreaking part about it when it was canceled. We knew that they were special and we wanted to make a lot of television with them, and we weren’t allowed to.”

Ooof. For more sad thoughts about this show, which we suppose was doomed from the start, head over to VanityFair.com. Well, there are also lots of happy memories of the show on the site, particularly in this gallery of images from the set of the show. Also, they shared this amazing throwback link:

[Photos: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair via Facebook, Getty Images]