Inspired By: Freaks and Geeks
AHHHH Freaks and Geeks. Such a wildly unappreciated show with SO many famous faces (just look at baby Linda, Busy, James, Jason and Seth below…too trippy).
The show is wildly simple – from the plot, character development, wardrobe and set, the entire show is meant as a satire to the social and political escapades of high school and home life. Essentially, you’ve got the “freaks” – an upperclassmen group of badass, class-cutting, chain-smoking, rock and roll rebels (Franco, Rogen, Segel, Philips and Cardellini) and the “geeks” – a trio of freshmen (Daley, Levine and Starr) struggling between the temptations of teenage rebellion and the stability of academia and parental obedience. Oddly enough, both groups cross paths at equally humorous and uncomfortable moments. If you’ve never seen it and you were born before ’91 – UNACCEPTABLE. The intro itself might possibly be the greatest part of the show:
I recently blew through Judd Apatow and Paul Feig’s relatively unbeknownst series (it only aired for one season in ’99) after finding it on Netflix (which completely blows these days in terms of selection) and was oddly inspired by the simple, grunge-y fashions. Now keep in mind – the show is actually set in 1980 so we’re teetering on the edge of the wildly patterned and fitted, hip-hugging silhouettes of the Seventies (see first picture below) with looser, minimal, neutral-colored pieces that would become staples in Eighties and Nineties fashion.
(via Fashion Grunge)
Sartorially speaking, there are several standout pieces from the series; in fact, the characters wear close to the exact same thing every day. Consider Lindsay’s green camo jacket and Southwestern shoulder bag, Kim’s sporty powder blue zip up, Daniel’s leather moto jacket, Nick’s multiple band raglans and Seth Rogen’s (what was his character’s name again? Does anyone even know?) flannel-puffy vest combo for all-intensive layering purposes. Get the look below:
This show makes me feel old because I used to watch it religiously when I was ten, but then I remember that it actually takes place two decades prior. Whatever, Freaks and Greeks has always and will always remain a classic in my book. Maybe cause I’m part freak, part geek.
UPDATE: Just discovered this amazing oral history of the show on Vanity Fair in commemoration of their Comedy Issue, edited by Judd Apatow himself! Look below for more Freaks and Geeks goodness.