Twenty years after NBC’s popular teenage dramedy Freaks and Geeks left us, it might be time for a reboot. To spice things up, Kaley Cuoco might have signed up for a role.
Freaks and Geeks was an American teenage dramedy that documented the unsettling teenage life of the 1980s. The relatable content of the show built an incredible fan-base that lives on even today. Twenty years later, Freaks and Geeks may be up for a reboot with one of TV’s well-known stars, Kaley Cuoco, who played the hot neighbour, Penny, in The Big Bang Theory.
- Freaks and Geeks and the ’80s teenage experience
- Why was Freaks and Geeks cancelled?
- Reboot to star Kaley Cuoco?
Freaks and Geeks and the ’80s teenage experience
First aired in 1999 on NBC, Freaks and Geeks delivered content that was funny, relevant, and at the same time, substantial. A beautifully designed show, it was created with utmost ambition and dedication. Set in the beautiful suburbs of Detroit, the story follows around a bunch of high school teenagers in the 1980s. A classic dramedy at heart, the show explored the experiences of the Weir siblings, Lindsay and Sam. Freaks and Geeks made way for the viewers to identify with the sadly unfair but hilarious situations, in which Lindsay, Sam, and their friends found themselves.
Going against the current of a usual teenage dramedy, Freaks and Geeks experimented with the routes taken by its characters giving the audience a fresh perspective. The struggles of the characters become alive as we delve into the psyche of an ace student falling off her path, a child turning to ventriloquism to deal with his parents’ decaying marriage, a drummer with unrealistic goals, and a nerd ending up with his longtime crush, only to realize she’s a bore.
The show, however, couldn’t fulfill its destiny and was cancelled after just one season. The super early conclusion left fans disappointed and a reboot has been on the wish-list since.
Find out what the cast has been up to all these years here!
Why was Freaks and Geeks Cancelled?
Despite a cult fan-base, Freaks and Geeks failed to restore a steady run. The show was cancelled after its first season. Even the original broadcasting of the show went through a confused on and off phase. Originally, the show was planned with eighteen episodes, but was cancelled after delivering just twelve of them. It took a crusade of fans to push NBC into airing three of the leftover episodes in the month of July in 2000, while Fox Family broadcast the other two unaired episodes later that year.
One of the reasons for the show being cancelled was its inconsistent broadcasting schedule. The first episode aired at 8pm on a Saturday, which was a poor judgement call because people hardly spend their Saturday evenings sitting before the television. Again, there was a gap of three weeks between the second and third episode, which only proves that miscalculation of time slots results in a rapid fall in the show’s ratings.
The second reason for the show’s early cancellation was the difference of opinions between the show’s creators and the network. Writer Gabe Sachs had told The Guardian, “Whoever was in charge at the time didn’t quite understand what we were trying to do.” Twenty years after the cancellation of Freaks and Geeks, the show may come back with one of the biggest TV stars.
See what Judd Apatow has to say here.
Reboot to Star Kaley Cuoco?
An interesting fact: Kaley Cuoco had originally wanted to play a part in Freaks and Geeks. That’s right! She even auditioned but was, sadly unable to get it. We don’t know the role for which Cuoco auditioned, but her talent did not go unrecognized. According to Vulture, co-producer Judd Apatow had called Cuoco’s agent after she was disregarded for the role and said, “She’s going to work in this business.” Well, the rest is history. It would be exciting to see her playing a part in the reboot of Freaks and Geeks. A reboot, however, is not on the cards yet, but God knows we want one!
Head over to Netflix to catch Freaks and Geeks and knock yourselves out with this amazing teenage dramedy. Would you like to see a reboot? Share your thoughts with us in the comments box below!