By now, pretty much anyone who's a fan of Judd Apatow knows the rotating cast of actors he chooses for films and that some of them started out on one of his first TV series, Freaks & Geeks. The alumni of that show include Freaks James Franco, Jason Segel, & Seth Rogen as well as the Geeks who have had some success themselves (John Francis Daley on Bones, Samm Levine on Inglourious Basterds, Martin Starr on Party Down). But, there were many other up-and-coming (as well as one more renowned) actors who had equally as entertaining, albeit smaller roles on the show that was cancelled after just one season. IFC has recently begun airing old episodes of the series, which inspired us to look back at these later-turned celebrity cameos.
I was in the single digits throughout most of the '90s (I'm 21 now), and with a strict upbringing, I was never allowed to watch too much television, which meant that I missed out on some classics that a lot of people grew up with. So, during my college internship this summer at TWoP, the editors enlightened me with a list of some must-see shows that I had no prior knowledge of. All the shows take place in high school, and we get to follow a main character who has to deal with the misfortune that comes with been a teenager, regardless of popularity, in the face of those wonderful-yet-overused stereotypical high school cliques. And just let me tell you, after watching the pilots, I've concluded that the fashion in the '90s was not good to young folks, and I'm glad I was too young to have been a victim of shoulder pads, big hair, platforms and the misuse of jean jackets. But I digress. Here is my take on five pilots -- the good, the bad, and everything in between.
Disclaimer: After seeing this list of TV shows, I'm aware that you might think that I've been living under a rock.