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Can 'Freaks and Geeks' Move Beyond Cult Classic Status? Streaming on Hulu Could Help


The short-lived NBC dramedy about high school misfits quickly became a cult classic after its 2000 cancellation, surviving on word-of-mouth recommendations and bootleg burned eBay DVDs until a company coughed up the cash for the megahits that populated the soundtrack of the 1980-set series.


It was largely music rights issues that prevented the series — created by Paul Feig, executive produced by Judd Apatow and starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Philipps — from being released before then.


Freaks and Geeks hasn't been available to stream since leaving Netflix in 2018, and Feig told The Hollywood Reporter that he suspects the costs involved in securing major songs by Joan Jett, The Who, Billy Joel, the Grateful Dead, Rush, Styx, and many more meant that no streamer would license the show beyond a year or so.


It was written to specific song cues — the band Rush (and Neil Peart's drumming prowess) is a recurring plot point — and the show wouldn't be the same without it, Feig tells THR .


There's so much product, and there's a reason why we all grew up watching Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch , because I think those were right before they were paying the big residuals.


Up to that point, we were the lowest rated show on NBC a lot of weeks, even though back then that meant we had 7 million loyal viewers which now would be a giant hit.






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