There will never be another show like Freaks and Geeks in history. That is something we are all aware of. The void left by Freaks and Geeks must be filled by other films and television shows.
After all, we can only watch the first season of the show so many times before we give up trying to imagine what might have happened if it had been renewed. It’s frustrating, because we’ll never know for sure. Plus, if you’re anything like us and binge-watched the show, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something else to watch when you’re done.
Hence we set out to find other TV shows and films that deal with similar themes or have a similar sense of humor, like many of you. To help fill the Freaks and Geeks void, we polled our community of super fans and compiled a list of their favorite shows and movies.
Your next Freaks and Geeks marathon should include one or more of these titles.
Although, unlike Freaks and Geeks, this one only lasted one season, this one is a lot of fun even if you don’t plan on making a long-term commitment. If you’re a fan of Freaks and Geeks, you’ll love this show because of all the fun cameos. Amy Poehler and Howard from The Big Bang Theory, for example, may or may not be in attendance. The main cast of Undeclared was also in our beloved cult classic, Freaks and Geeks, so it’s a mini reunion that we think you’ll enjoy.
2. ‘My So-Called Life’
My So-Called Life, like Freaks and Geeks, focused on everyday high school life and the struggles of self-discovery. This show was also axed after only one season of airing. (It seems like there’s a pattern here…) Fans of Freaks and Geeks will enjoy this show because it deals with high school drama without making it feel like an after-school special. It doesn’t feel like you’re being lectured to death about issues like child abuse and homelessness. Also, this show features a young Jared Leto, so it’s a definite must-see.
3. ‘Party Down’
Many Freaks and Geeks fans also enjoy the show Party Down, despite the fact that they are completely unrelated. While they wait for their big break, several aspiring actors and directors (as well as wandering souls) move to Los Angeles and work for a catering company in Party Down. With Paul Rudd (credited as a creator), Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen (from Veronica Mars fame), and Martin Starr from Freaks and Geeks, it has a lot of well-known actors (who played Bill). It’s hysterically funny and well worth your time.
4. ‘Veronica Mars’
Even after dedicating an entire ReWatchable cycle to it, we still haven’t said enough good things about Veronica Mars. There are weekly mysteries, overarching mysteries and plotlines, as well as a fascinating look at what it’s like to be a teenager, all in one show. We’d say it was accurate, but we have no idea what it’s like to live in one of those opulent neighborhoods. Fans of Freaks and Geeks will enjoy this show’s banter and wit, as well as the fact that showrunner Rob Thomas credits Freaks and Geeks with inspiring the plot of Veronica Mars.
5. ‘The Inbetweeners’
This British series follows a group of pre-adolescent boys as they approach manhood. It depicts them at their most narcissistic and awkward, providing a more accurate portrayal of adolescent life than other shows (especially in terms of having sex and all that). It’s hilarious to watch the boys try and fail at so many different things. Actually, it was miserably bad. For those who liked Freaks and Geeks, but preferred the geeky side, this is a show to keep an eye on even if it is “TMI” at times.
6. ‘Fresh Meat’
In Fresh Meat, a British series, six university students who applied late and are now living together in an off-campus house instead of a typical dorm. There’s plenty of levity and wit to go around, and it offers an interesting perspective on college life (especially since it features a group of guys and girls all living under one roof). In fact, the show covers a wide range of topics relevant to college students, such as finances, employment, social life, and academics. If you live in the United States, you won’t be able to watch it right now because it isn’t on Netflix or Hulu.