With everyone back to school, September is the perfect month to revisit the short lived high school drama/comedy "Freaks and Geeks." The show has a cult following, thanks to how well written it was. It managed to have more memorable moments in eighteen episodes than most long running series could ever hope to have.
"Freaks and Geeks" was about the lives of high schoolers Lindsey and Sam Weir, and the group of burnouts and nerds that they respectively hung out with. Throw in their overbearing parents, a creative team lead by Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, and a cast featuring future stars like James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen, and you had a classic television show.
Watching "Freaks and Geeks" brings back memories of our teenage years, but there are several life lessons that you can take away from the show that pertain to everyday life. Here are some of our favorite household tips from the series.
Hide Your Party Valuables
Lindsey winds up reluctantly hosting a party while her parents are away in "Beers and Weirs." In an effort to keep the house safe, Sam and Neal spend most of the day hiding the Weir family valuables and anything fragile they can find. Even if you are not inviting a bunch of rowdy teenagers over, it is probably in your best interest to put aside anything breakable if you are going to host a large party.
Make Sure You Soundproof Your Basement
Throughout "Freaks and Geeks," we learn that Nick dreams of following in the footsteps of legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart. Unfortunately, he still has a long way to go, and his practice and jam sessions are a constant nuisance to his father. Rock stars in training should consider the many ways they can soundproof their practice space. (One way is to use egg crates to muffle sound.
Science Experiments Don't Belong In The Bedroom
Neal and Sam get into a bit of a fight while arguing over who is the bigger geek, ironically, this is while they are playing around with a chemistry set! The scuffle leads to their experiment getting knocked over, staining the carpet and filling the room with smoke. "Scientists" would be better off moving their beakers and test tubes to a better ventilated workspace, preferably with a table.
Leave Space For Dancing
Always make sure you have space so you can practice your sexy dancing moves, just like Bill does in "Noshing and Moshing."
Be A Gracious Guest
When you are going to someone's house, remember to be polite -- so you don't wind up getting a bad reputation. Nick meets Mr. and Mrs. Weir for the first time in "Kim Kelly Is My Friend" and makes a bad first impression. (He eats all of their fruit rollups.) And later in the series, when Lindsey tells her parents she is dating Nick, the first thing her mother thinks of is the time he ate all their snacks. Poor Nick doesn't help himself when he stays over their house and makes lots of noise while walking around in his underwear in the middle of the night.
Always Ask For Opinions
If you are going to be making any major furniture purchases or house renovations, always check with someone you trust for a second opinion. You don't want to wind up with the household equivalent of the "Parisian nightsuit" that Sam bought in "Looks and Books."
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