The Mount Rushmore of “Things Gone Too Soon” has to include some combination of Kurt Cobain, Firefly, Biggie and Tupac, Joni Mitchell…you know what? We're making ourselves sad. Freaks and Greeks is in that “Gone Too Soon” pantheon, the show that launched more careers than Helen of Troy launched ships. We come here today to celebrate this wonderful, wonderful tribute to high school awkwardness and figuring out to navigate life.

Few high school shows capture teen years as accurately and cringe-worthily as Freaks and Geeks. Despite it being canceled after 12 episodes, the cult classic launched the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, and Jason Segel … to name a few. The now-all-star cast and honest portrayal of adolescence make the show as relevant as ever. (And hey, it's now streaming on Hulu in case you haven't seen it or want to watch it for the 40th time.) Read on for some behind-the-scenes facts…

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