Just as one show finds its end, another finds a second life. A few moments ago I was writing with a heavy heart about the loss of Party Down after Starz decided not to pick up the cult comedy hit for a third season. And now I’m bringing you news that Freaks and Geeks is about to be back on the air. Well, in syndication at least.
Deadline is reporting that both Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, both produced by Judd Apatow, are getting another run courtesy of IFC. The cable channel has acquired all 18 episodes of Freaks (created by Paul Feig) and all 17 episodes of Undeclared (created by Apatow) from Paramount Pictures, who holds the rights to both of the Dreamworks produced shows. Freaks and Geeks will debut this Friday, while Undeclared will start in the Fall with one previously unaired episode.
These two shows served as launch pads for a great deal of talent, many of whom would grow up in the films of Judd Apatow. The likes of James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel made their names on Freaks and Geeks (it also gave the world Linda Cardellini, raawwrr…), while Undeclared gave audiences early doses of Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam. Undeclared also served as one of the first major works of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek writer/director Nicholas Stoller, who served on the writing team for the show’s brief single season run.
Both shows are more than worth a re-visit, or a first time visit if you’ve not yet had the opportunity.