Fans of Freaks and Geeks can find solace in their hearts by knowing that Lindsey and Sam Weir probably went on to do great things in their life. They’re in their early 50’s now, and probably have kids of their own. Maybe their kids have kids, and they think about how their parents, long dead, would help them out when the kids were just babies. It’s a comfortable, middle-class life for the Weirs.
But life for Kim Kelly (Busy Phillips) and Daniel Desario (James Franco), could’ve been hard. Maybe a jail stint or three screwed up any chance at Daniel getting a job and keeping up with child support. After living on Nick Andropolis’ (Jason Segel) couch for a while, perhaps he just kind of drifted out of town and hadn’t been seen since Bush was re-elected in 2004. Needless to say, Fortuna was likely cruel to some of the characters in Freaks and Geeks.
When asked about a potential reunion, showrunner Judd Apatow explained that maybe we we didn’t want to know how some of these people turned out.
I don’t think we would, just because it has somewhat of a perfect ending. I don’t know if you really want to know what happened to those people. I don’t think good things happened to a fair amount of them, so it might be deeply sad to see what happened to Jason Segel’s character or James Franco’s character. I mean, you could do it. They were meant to be really damaged people. Jason Segel’s character had a dad who was in the armed services, who didn’t really understand him and discouraged everything that he wanted to do, and it was really painful to watch. Would he break out of that and have all his dreams come true? I don’t know. We’d have to sit down and try to figure out the logical conclusion for all those people. Who knows?
Or maybe Daniel, Nick and Ken started an awesome band and lived happily ever after? The story can be whatever they want it to be, but the truth is that it would be nearly impossible to get all of those stars back together.
We certainly couldn’t do a TV show because we couldn’t afford one of those people, as opposed to the whole cast. They all could write and direct it. It’s very tricky. It was a miracle that we got them all together for the Vanity Fair photo. It took months of preparation to find a day when everyone was in the same city, and then Paul Feig couldn’t go because he was shooting.
Maybe asking for a reboot/reunion is asking too much anyway. Freaks and Geeks is perfect. Let’s leave it perfect.