One is a group of teenagers struggling to keep up with adolescent life; the other is a bunch of nerds trying to balance science and relationships. In the battle of reboots, who would have the last laugh – ‘Freaks and Geeks’ or ‘The Big Bang Theory’?
Our time with William Mckinley High School was cut short and before we could realize it, ‘Freaks and Geeks‘ was taken off-air.
- ‘Freaks and Geeks’ is the one show that got away
- “It all started with the Big Bang”
- Let’s talk reboots
Fast-forward seven years, we are introduced to a new bunch of freaks but mostly geeks as ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ premiers on CBS. Both the shows have received immense love and support upon delivering content that was extraordinary, hilarious, and relatable.
After the success that these two shows have seen, which one gets to eat the cake at the end of the battle of reboots?
‘Freaks and Geeks’ is the one show that got away
NBC’s ‘Freaks and Geeks’ premiered in 1999 and although the show was received with great appreciation, it was cancelled after completing the first season. This American teenage dramedy is believed to be loosely based on the life of its creator, Paul Feig.
The story follows the lives of two siblings – Lindsay and Sam Weir – both of whom are struggling to get through adolescence.
Set in the Detroit suburbs of the 1980s, the show is all about looking deeper into the adolescent psyche as they explore themselves and everything around them. The Weir siblings, along with their respective high school crowd, deal with personal struggles while finding themselves in hilariously awkward situations.
It did not take long before the viewers fell in love with the show but like all things good, ‘Freak and Geeks’ met its end sooner than expected. As it turns out, the lousy timings of the show and a clash of opinions between the network and the creators pushed the series off-air.
In the battle of reboots, we wonder if ‘Freaks and Geeks’ is in the line to get one of its own.
Watch the pilot of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ here.
“It all started with the Big Bang”
The impact of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ can be realized from the void that it left after completing its twelfth and final season last year. This nerdy sitcom was a tribute to love, friendship, and, of course, science. The show centred on the lives of a bunch of scientists who find it hard to fit in the normal world. As this group of nerds continue to grow in their lives across the seasons, they discover love in the most unexpected ways.
‘The Big Bang Theory’ was originally intended to have 14 seasons. Straying off the plan, Jim Parsons, the actor who played the eccentric Sheldon Cooper, saw it fit to end the show after 12 seasons. Parsons admitted to feeling that it was time for him to move on and, as expected, without Sheldon Cooper there is no ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Naturally, the show had to end leaving the fans crushed.
Watch the final scene of ‘The Big Bang Theory’ here.
Let’s talk reboots
In popular opinion, both ‘Freaks and Geeks’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ deserve to win the battle of reboots. Both these shows have been highly lauded for their entertaining and out of the box content. We would call it a draw and give a reboot to both of them if it were for us to decide. The showrunners of these shows, however, have different plans.
The creators of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ find the possibility of a reboot highly unlikely. Judd Apatow had said to “Uproxx”, “I only think we would ever be interested in revisiting it because we had an idea that we thought was as strong as the original idea … The next phase of the show would’ve been all of the geeks suddenly being six feet tall and how that would change their relationships. And so it probably would’ve ruined the show anyways”.
Contrary to Apatow, the director of ‘The Big Bang Theory’, Mark Cendrwoski is hopeful about a reboot. He said to “Forbes”, “I think with these characters you’re going to want to know what happens to them in a few years. If in five years Chuck Lorre decided to bring back some characters and try something again, I would love to be involved. It would be just a continuation. There’s plenty to explore with their lives and characters moving forward”.
Would you like to see a reboot for these two shows? Which one, according to you, should win the battle of reboots? Share your views in the comments box below!