In case you haven’t noticed, Vanity Fair‘s Comedy Issue (guest edited by Judd Apatow himself) is full of some wonderful stuff. From an even ratio of men to women on the fantastic comedy covers to several delightfully nostalgic portraits of the “Freaks and Geeks” team reunited, it’s bursting at the seams with excellence.
Twelve years after unjustly being removed from the air, much of the cast and crew felt it was time to reminisce. Though I briefly ranted yesterday about how annoying reunion specials typically are, it would appear I spoke too soon: seeing the cast of one of my favorite shows from childhood hang out again is awesome (at least, this time). Despite being pretty young when it aired, that was right around the time I experienced the most gradeschool bullying and isolation, so “Freaks and Geeks” helped me realize I wasn’t the only one who was hurt, lonely and frustrated, as it did for so many other people. I wish, wish, wish it had lasted longer, but at the very least, it’s wonderful that it was made in the first place.
The cast all looks great, though it’s a bit eerie to see them altogether (another reason reunions weird me out sometimes); I wish my class pictures looked half this good or included half as many awesome people in them. Perhaps that’s secretly why I hate reunions: I’m reminded that all of mine will include clambakes and watered down sangria and forced laughter, but no James Franco to be found. Anyway, check out the photos to see for yourself, as well as read some quotes from the feature, including some by the creators and actors themselves.
Photos: Mark Seliger for Vanity Fair