Who Killed Freaks and Geeks?

Freaks and Geeks is the perfect example of a brilliant show cut down in its prime, cancelled after a measly one season. There's no question the show was overflowing with talent: Judd Apatow has become a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and Seth Rogan is also making his mark. If that weren't enough, Busy Phillips wrote the hilariously idiotic Blades of Glory screenplay. Add to the mix James Franco (Spiderman), Jason Segel ( Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and the veteran actor Joe Flaherty, and you begin to wonder why exactly this show got canned.
Okay, maybe the writers and cast were talented, but the show still sucked, right? Well, it won Emmys and countless other awards, gained a massive cult following, praised hither and yon by critics, and still sells quite well on DVD. So, what's the problem? Why was it cancelled? Sadly, I can't really answer that. According to http://www.brilliantbutcancelled.com/ it was a lack of love - no one cared enough to try to make it work.

Thinking of the untimely death of "Freaks and Geeks", it got my mind wondering about other shows cancelled before their expiration date. "Arrested Development" comes immediately to mind. "Star Trek" supposedly couldn't stack up against "Laugh-In" and was yanked. Everyone tells me the new "Battlestar Galactica" was a piece of sci-fi heaven, but got 86'd. I know there's a bunch more, but I'm way too busy (i.e. lazy) to try think of some more, so may need a little help.


  1. I think F&G just wasn't "Must See TV" enough for the crowd of people who contribute to the Nielsen ratings. People expect to be wowed when they flip on the tube these days and I think there are a ton of classic shows that wouldn't make it in this day and age.

    I've heard that shows like All in the Family, if they were put on TV for the first time today and got the sorts of ratings they did in their first couple years would be canceled after an episode or two. I doubt the Wonder Years would have gone on for more than a season if it had aired around the times F&G was on TV.

    I think I've worn out my DVD copy of F&G. It really was great...

  2. shawn - Sorry, I didn't notice this comment. It's hard for me to check back on comments on old posts.... but enough about me and my inability to mangage comments. I couldn't agree with you more. The current climate of television would never permit the shows you listed. Even Seinfeld took a while to get off the ground.

    The same could be said for the state of the music industry as well. How many bands are cut before they're given a decent chance. No, it's make a hit single right away, or you're out.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Firefly... but that's kind of subjective I guess :P