Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series: DVD Review
Released by Madman Home Ent
With a cast list reading like a Who's Who, Freaks and Geeks is the TV series that launched a thousand faces, made only one series and then had ripples throughout the TV world.
Set in an American high school and all horror that that encompasses, the piece is a funny, poignant and heart-breaking journey as we follow the Weir siblings Lindsay and Sam through the daily tribulations of the high school routine; from bullies to small victories at proms during the 1980s.
Freaks and Geeks really nails the outsider feeling but also presents a cast that are particularly relatable to anyone who's been through the school system (which is pretty much all of us). As well as the joys of spotting a pre-famous cast, there's an ease of story-telling and a heart which becomes compulsive viewing.
The series has gathered a devoted cult following through the years and it's easy to see why - from slackers to geeks, there's the whole emotional gamut to run through here - issues are raised and explored and never in a movie of the week after school special feel.
There's just something unique about these 18 episodes - if you're serious about TV, it's a set you can't afford to be without.