The career of writer, director and producer Judd Apatow has been one that comedy writers envy all over. From his work in television in the 90s on shows like The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show to his film career that has given us 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Apatow rarely seems to miss.
One of his most notable misses though is actually his best work to date, as the cult show Freaks and Geeks was cancelled not long after it premiered but holds up today as some of the best television writing we’ve seen. The show starred young talent like James Franco, Seth Rogen and others and was the birth of the comedy rat pack we have today.
That cancellation of Freaks and Geeks has apparently fueled the most recent part of his career as the director told Variety that everything he does is to stick it to those who cancelled Freaks and Geeks.
“Even to this day, I think I didn’t want to admit that ‘Freaks and Geeks’ was cancelled,” Apatow said March 10 at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. “Everything I’ve done, in a way, is revenge for the people who cancelled ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ It’s really demented, but it’s just like ‘you were wrong about that person, and that person and that person. And that writer and that director.’ And I really should get over that.”
It’s not often that a successful Hollywood star like Apatow hangs onto a show that was cancelled over a decade ago, but it’s clear he holds Freaks and Geeks in high regard and it’s still fueling his fire over ten years later.