Freaks And Geeks
From Jackson Lewis
If you are high school age or older and haven’t seen the 1999 classic Freaks and Geeks, you don’t really understand high school. Aside from having an all-star cast sporting Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and James Franco, the show’s roundabout path at its moral message will floor you.
We’ve all grown up with the tired high school clichés. You have the preps, the jocks, the nerds and the other pigeonholed social classes who interact in predictable ways. Well, surprise, life in and out of high school is actually nothing like that, and Freaks and Geeks is endearingly honest about it.
The characters are not treated like cardboard cutouts. Some of them may seem that way at first until the show forces you to step to look at them from a different angle, revealing their depth and layers of emotion hidden surprisingly close to the surface.
Plus, if you’re not rolling on the floor laughing ten minutes in, there must be something wrong with you.
From Alex Lowe
I go into much more detail here, but you’re not allowed to read that until you’ve seen the end of the show. The first three seasons are on Netflix. Go fetch them.
From Claire Rychlewski
By no means a hidden gem, Twin Peaks has been a cult favorite since its 1990 premiere—and yet, not enough of you have seen it. A show with a simple enough premise—small bucolic town with lots of secrets—Twin Peaks is quite possibly the most iconically weird show you’ll ever watch. It’s stiflingly melodramatic and inexplicably charming, with a memorable cast of characters; Twin Peaks is the part-mystery-part-soap-opera that your resident cool barista references frequently.
Woefully cut short (David Lynch does not have a mass appeal, whodathunk?) the series rests at a mere two seasons. Once you start, it’s tough to stop—this is one of those shows where you watch so many episodes consecutively that Netflix asks you if you’re still alive.
(An aside: don’t watch Fire Walk With Me, the prologue/epilogue movie that accompanies the series. It’s shameful garbage.)