Freaks and Geeks is one of the best TV shows ever, which is why the idea of creator Paul Feig walking the Onion's AV Club through the making of the thing, episode by episode, is pretty great. The first installment, covering the short-lived show's first three episodes, is up now:
I always hated high-school shows and high-school movies, because they were always about the cool kids. It was always about dating and sex, and all the popular kids, and the good-looking kids. And the nerds were super-nerdy cartoons, with tape on their glasses. I never saw “my people” portrayed accurately. So my original idea, years before, was to do a high-school show with adults playing kids. For some reason I thought, “That’d be a fun way to do it. You can get away with more.” But then I went, “Okay, that’s kind of a stupid idea.” But it always stuck in my head. I wanted to do a high-school show.
Read the whole thing here.
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