However, "beloved cult show" is almost always synonymous with "good shit no one watched," and that was exactly the case with Freaks and Geeks -- in great part because NBC aired it on Saturdays at 8 p.m., a time when us socially active people are usually out ... um, ahh ... something with parties? Parties-ing with other socially active people.
Typical party, like the ones I've attended many times.
When Freaks and Geeks was canceled, Apatow did not take it well. His wife says he acted like he "just lost a family member." And what do you do when someone murders your family? You spend the next decade carefully executing your revenge, yes. As soon as Apatow hit it big with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he started working on turning the talent of his old show into movie stars, just to spite NBC. Not only has every movie he's directed featured at least one Freaks and Geeks cast member, he also used his producing powers to help make films like Rogen's Superbad and Pineapple Express (both starring Franco), Segel's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Feig's Bridesmaids. All of those movies made over $100 million, but more importantly they also made an NBC executive cry.
In Apatow's resentful mind, he pretended the show was still on and his movies were "the continuous adventures of those characters" -- for him, Knocked Up is "just an episode of Seth's character getting a girl pregnant." Which, since Freaks and Geeks was set in 1980, would make the guy Rogen played there a very youthful 45-year-old.
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Then again, I'm pretty sure that if you cut off Seth Rogen's head, lightning bolts come out.