It is almost impossible for a TV show to be perfect. Everything – from the acting to the writing to the directing – needs to be perfectly in sync, and needs to both start out and sustain that level of quality. That being said, Freaks and Geeks is a perfect show. It is funny, sad, beautiful, and occasionally uncomfortable — often all at the same time. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give the show is that it doesn’t feel like TV – it feels like you’re watching real characters going through real problems and having real conversations.
This realism is really the hallmark of Freaks and Geeks. While other high school shows went for schmaltzy romantic storylines, zany plots, and featured characters who acted more like 25 year olds than high-schoolers, Freaks wasn’t afraid to zero in on the inherent awkwardness of adolescents who are still trying to grow up.