Twelve years after "Freaks And Geeks" was yanked off the air after a brilliant season about the triumphs and trevails of high school, the cast and creators reunited to reminisce about the series with "Vanity Fair."
What started as a small idea based on Paul Feig's high school experience became a success when series creators Feig and Judd Apatow pitched their outside-the-box show to networks. Eventually, NBC took a leap of faith -- sort of -- when the peacock network agreed to air the show on Saturday nights.
"The reviews were great, and the premiere had a really high rating," Feig remembered. "The first Monday back I stood on a table and read the ratings and everybody cheered. And the next week we just dropped huge. And Joe Flaherty [who played Harold Weir] was quoted as saying, 'Yeah, Paul never came back in and read the ratings to us again after that first week. »
- Leigh Weingus
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