I wanted to share some of my favorite TV shows, movies, video games, etc. with everyone because it seems like fun. But not just a list of them, I want to share they why and the “so what?” factor that they have on me. So, here goes the first one.
This was such an incredible show and it lasted only one season. Half way through the season the show got it’s marching orders and so the creators of the show sped up the story lines to try to give the show some closure.
Some of you will know this show right off and love it.
Some of you will know about this show and hate it.
Some of you will be like,
This show aired on NBC during the 1999 - 2000 season. Director and Executive Producer of the show, this guy:
Mr. Judd Apatow. He and along with this guy,
Mr. Paul Feig, who was the creator and exectuvie producer of the show. The show was loosely based off his book,
I adore and love Paul Feigs’ work. He is fantastic. Some of his other works include:
Lots of episodes for:
Parks and Recreation
He’s also an actor, writer and producer. Great, funny guy.
I know the moment I fell in love with this show. Towards the beginning of the pilot epsiode there is a dinner scene with the mom, dad, and the two kids, Sam and Lindsay. Here’s the set up:
And the following conversation happens:
Jean Weir (Mom): You know, I ran into Mrs. Patten today at Farmer Jack. And she said that she saw you smoking.
Lindsay: Well she’s crazy. Mom, I can’t believe you. You seriously think I would start smoking?
Harold Weir (Dad): You know, I had a friend that used to smoke. You know what he’s doing now? He’s dead!
Lindsay: Daddy, if I started smoking I would tell you.
Mr. Weir: Oh. Good. Now I don’t have to worry.
Mrs. Weir: Alright, kids. HIgh school is for learning but it’s also where you should be learning to socialize. That’s what high school dances are all about.
Lindsay: No they’re not. It’s a chance for popular kids to experiment with sex in their cars.
Mrs. Weir: Lindsay!
Mr. Weir: Hey!
Lindsay: I mean, if that’s what you want me to do then I’d be happy to go.
Mr. Weir: You know, there was a girl in our school, she had premarital sex. You know what she did on graduation day? Died! Of an overdose. Heroin.
Mr. Weir: You know who used to cut class? Jimi Hendrix. You know what happened to him? He died! Choking on his own vomit.
Lindsay: Daddy, I skipped Latin.
Mr. Weir: Oh. Well I can understand why you wouldn’t want to learn about that. It’s only the building block of our language.
Mrs. Weir: Well I’m just glad your Grandmother wasn’t alive to hear about this.
Mr. Weir: You can’t cut corners in life! You know who cut corners? Kennedy! Kennedy cut corners when he was running the Bay of Pigs. A lot of good men lost their lives because of it. You know who else cut corners? Janis Joplin.
Lindsay: Dad! What are you talking about?! You don’t make any sense. I just cut class and guess what? Everybody’s still alive. Just leave me alone!
After this scene, I knew this was going to be a great show. Just the way the dialogue flowed and how the kids interacted with the parents, it just felt very natural. And the dad, Mr. Weir, became one of my favorite characters.
As I watched the show I felt I connected more with the geeks, like Sam,
I think I made this face in gym class before.
I liked how it showed the all the hardships of high school, I was a junior in high school when the show was on, so I could really relate to it. But the show made it realistic, not something over the top or soap opera like. We saw with shows like Beverly Hills 90210 how there were no real characters and everything is manipulated.
The show also had some good actors in it when they were just starting out like,
And Busy Philipps
This show will always have a soft place in my heart.
Now, the “so what?” moment. What makes this show about teenagers in high school different from all the others? I think it has to do with there being a heart to the show. So many times you see shows about teenagers and you can tell it’s being written by people who’ve never had those experiences and the way they approach it is just awful.
This show was all about there characters living in this world of the high school together and trying to make the best of this forced experience. Early in the pilot we know Sam is getting bullied at school and his sister Lindsay has to step up and protect him. Sam in not grateful for the help and Lindsay feels trapped because doesn’t matter what she does, it’s never the right choice. The show allows these characters to search for the “right choice” for them, it be smoking pot, cutting class or wanting to date the head cheerleader, it’s about them searching for a way to survive high school. When you’re in high school, that’s all you want, is to survive and maybe that’s why this show reaches out to me so much.