Almost 20 years have passed since the famous comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks stopped airing after only one season. Broadcast on NBC, it was an American drama series produced and created by Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, and was meant for teens. Many fans of the TV series were shocked by the decision to stop airing the series, and they were left guessing the reason why it was cancelled for years. Through the years, there have been calls to revive the series, but they fell on deaf ears.
The series was funny and featured a number of upcoming stars like Seth Rogen and James Franco. It was also a platform for these actors to showcase their talents, and a number of them have gone on to have wonderful acting careers. However, fans are still waiting to see if there will ever be a season two.
Why was it cancelled?
There are several reasons why Freaks and Geeks never made it to the big time. First was the time slot in which the series aired on NBC. Unfortunately, it was shown on Saturday night at 8 pm, when their intended audience was not watching television. When it dawned on the creators that the scheduling was erratic, they created a website, but it bore no fruit. One grave mistake the creators made was failing to tell viewers about the website, because they were afraid they would lose viewers to the internet. In retrospect, if they informed viewers of their actions, the show might have performed better.
Another reason for the demise of the series is the ratings they received. It was mainly due to the show airing concurrently with popular TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Freaks and Geeks recorded an average viewership of seven million, as opposed to Who Wants to be a Millionaire that had whopping 18 million viewers. As a result, NBC viewed the series as less worthy, and ended their agreement with the creators.
What would have happened?
People who followed the program keenly have been left to wonder what would have been the outcome if the series continued airing. This is the reason why many people think it might be time for a revival of Freaks and Geeks, especially with the emergence of numerous series viewing platforms. The creators of the series could also come back stronger thanks to the valuable lessons learned. The creators would now be able to twist the plot according to the current audience, and make sure it is convenient for viewers.
It might be the time for a revival of Freaks and Geeks simply in order to eliminate the suspense the program left on many viewers. And with technology right now and the popularity of the internet, the ratings of the series has continued to rise.
A revival would enable new viewers to enjoy their favorite actors and actresses as young people, which could really help draw fans to the program. Another reason that it’s a good time for a revival of Freaks and Geeks is because of the change in the market for series of this type. When Freaks and Geeks was first released, it was viewed as a series for young people, even though it actually appeals to people of all ages. The series was filled with excellent plots, and all of the characters were fun and talented.