The Anti-David E. Kelley
H: Given how adored it was, pretty much from start to finish, is part of you glad that it ended when it did?
JA: I'm not sure. Garry Shandling always says that if he'd only done thirteen episodes of [The Garry Shandling Show], it would've been perfect because the first thirteen were, to him, as good as they could've been. So in that sense, I'm happy that there's eighteen episodes where I like every one pretty much equally. We certainly would've had more downs in the future. So that's nice -- as it is, it's like a mini-series that you love. But we were in a groove and having good time making the episodes, and the show was kind of finding a new style in the back six [episodes], so it's a drag we didn't get to continue to write them.
H: Is there any hope of a Freaks & Geeks DVD?
JA: The music is really expensive. That's been the problem. We'd have to go back to Pete Townshend and ask if we can get a good deal on one song. I think eventually we'll get a couple of them out there. I was trying to get all eighteen, but that seems impossible. I think if I pick a few, maybe my two favorites or something, and we have to lose a song or two and make an adjustment, we'll get them out that way. ["Later, I emailed Judd a question about whether he chooses his own music. He replied, 'We have a great music supervisor, but I choose a lot of the music. The writers pick a lot of the songs also. I try to pick songs that won't sound corny and out of date in ten years. Maybe it will all be corny and out of date in ten years. I'm sure the music is corny and out of date in It's A Wonderful Life. But, I try.'" -- Heathen]
H: What are your two favorites?
JA: I don't really have...well, obviously the pilot, the first one, I liked a lot. I don't really have favorites. I like "I'm With The Band," but that's a really brutally depressing episode. But I just like it because it captures crushed dreams perfectly. And I really like Bill making out with the girl in the closet at the make-out party. I like Bill's mom dating the gym teacher -- I think that story's pretty funny and accurately represents many facets of my childhood.