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The stars of Freaks and Geeks

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Talk about gone too soon! The short-lived series Freaks and Geeks lasted only one season, but it became a cult classic—and for good reason. The sitcom captured life in high school in the ’80s with a combination of pathos, laugh-out-loud humor, and absolute authenticity.

The 18-episode dramedy was the brainchild of director/writer/former actor Paul Feig, who convinced Judd Apatow, a friend from the L.A. comedy circuit, to produce it and help direct. “It was the accumulation of many, many years of watching high school shows and movies and just feeling so alienated by them because they always tended to be about the cool kids,” Feig explained in a Washington Post article. “That wasn’t anybody I knew …. we were all nerds, and the only other people we related to were the burnouts, who we called freaks in our high school.”

Whether you’re new to the fictional William McKinley High School in Chippewa, Michigan, or you’re a longtime fan eager to revisit the days of lunch tables and locker rooms, here are a few of the many reasons to love Freaks and Geeks.

Freaks and Geeks streams on Paramount+.

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Isabel May as Elsa, of the Paramount+ original series 1883, with her horse Lightning.

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By Mara Reinstein

In the very first scene of the very first episode of 1883, you watch Isabel May’s character, Elsa Dutton, get shot by an arrow.

For the rest of the harrowing Paramount+ Western that serves as a prequel for the smash drama Yellowstone, you sit in suspense, waiting to learn her fate. While you know things probably aren’t going to turn out so well for Elsa, the wily and wild teen daughter of James and Margaret (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill) who narrates the journey of a wagon caravan traveling westward in search of land and freedom, May is so compelling in the role that you convince yourself that frontier medicine just might be much better than you remember from Little House on the Prairie. This girl has to make it.

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NCIS Hawai‘i stars Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant and Noah Mills as Jesse identify themselves, while Yasmine Al-Bustami as Lucy Tara looks on.

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Zoom meetings. Dinner prep. Homework oversight. Lacrosse carpool. Life has a way of hijacking your ability to hunker down and binge-watch really good television. That’s where summer comes in. With (hopefully) less on your to-do list, and an air-conditioned family room calling your name, now’s the time to tune in to Paramount+ and catch up on CBS’s new and returning dramas, as well as its breakout comedy of the year. Here’s your guide to the must-stream shows of 2022.

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