Why A Freaks And Geeks Reunion Wouldn't Work, According To Judd Apatow

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Freaks and Geeks is one show that pretty much everybody agrees was cancelled too soon. The sitcom aired for only a single season from 1999 - 2000, and it featured a cast filled with folks so funny and talented that they'd become stars of large and small screen alike. Now that television is in an era of reboots, remakes, and reunions, Freaks and Geeks fans everywhere have wondered whether the crew could get back together for another go. Executive producer Judd Apatow weighed in on the possibility of a reunion, saying this:

I don't want to do more Freaks & Geeks because we liked how it ended, so I feel it's unwrapping something and seeing if you can not screw it up; I don't think we would do that. Also, the world has changed so much. Back then in 1999, we were talking about the pre-computer and cellphone age that was before YouTube, Google, Snapchat. I don't close the door on anything but my inclination is that we said all we had to say.

Judd Apatow may not want to permanently close the door on a reunion, but he sounds pretty definitive about not wanting to do another round of Freaks and Geeks. His comment at the recent TCA press tour (via Deadline) is a pretty far cry from his stance at this point last year. At the 2016 TCAs, Apatow would only go so far as to say that it wouldn't happen "this year" and "it could happen," but it seems that he's had a change of heart about whether or not a reunion would be a good idea.

The concept of a Freaks and Geeks reunion was also pitched to series star James Franco in early 2016, and he showed a similar attitude about too much time passing for a reunion. According to Franco, everybody is just too old to get back together for more Freaks and Geeks. All things considered, Franco might have a good point: would a Freaks and Geeks class reunion really feel like a reunion if the freaks were out of high school and the geeks were all grown up?

Besides, the Season 1 finale absolutely felt like a fitting series finale. Lindsay took off for a summer following the Grateful Dead. Daniel bonded with the geeks over Dungeons & Dragons. Nick got to know himself through the art of dance on the disco floor. It may have been better for Freaks and Geeks to get the axe after a solid season finale than after a cliffhanger. We didn't get all the closure we might have wanted, but at least the show ended on a high note. (Very high note in the case of Seth Rogen's Ken.) Do we really need to know what happened to the kids in the years since high school?

Of course, Judd Apatow didn't completely rule out the possibility of a reunion at some point in the future. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and take a look at our breakdown of the biggest remakes and revivals that are currently in the works. Don't forget to check out our midseason TV premiere schedule to see when your favorite shows hit the airwaves.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.