LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 08: Judd Apatow attends the season finale screening of Apple TV+'s "Severance" at DGA Theater Complex on April 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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A Prophetic Judd Apatow Shot The Freaks And Geeks Finale In The Middle Of Production
“Freaks and Geeks“ was canceled after a single season on NBC, as producer Judd Apatow shared at a 2016 panel, “[Freaks and Geeks] was just a vibe that didn't exist on television and as a result, there wasn't a lot of energy behind making it survive." However, Apatow anticipated the cancellation and changed the production schedule to shoot a proper ending.
In a 2020 interview with Vanity Fair, Apatow revealed, "[We] shot the finale in the middle of our production, because we were so sure that they were gonna cancel us at any moment that, being neurotic, we just shot it episodes before the season was over, just in case the guillotine came down. And thank God that we did."
The show's finale, which sees the lead character, Lindsay, throw caution to the wind and decide to spend her summer following The Grateful Dead around on tour, is a touching and fitting end to the series. “Freaks and Geeks” is now on Hulu, where a whole new generation of fans have found and enjoyed the cult classic.