This is another show that got a TON of buildup from the likes of co-workers, and other people I’m sure of but can’t remember. And I will say that it definitely grew on me. But it wasn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as I had hoped, and I did hope. I thought that I might like Judd Apatow’s work back when he was young, back when Seth Rogen was a child rather than a man-child, back when everything was innocent. And I suppose I did. But when it comes down to it, I just don’t think I find the same stuff funny as this guy does. It’s cool though, I guess.
I didn’t hate it though! Like I said, it grew on me. Each individual character was phenomenal; what a treat to see Jason Segel and James Franco and Busy Phillipps and Linda Cardellini kicking ass when they were too young to quite know how much ass they were really kicking. They were all so pure and real and honest on the screen, awkward moments captured, real lives revealed, all that. These characters are some of the most real teenagers ever portrayed on television, and perhaps that’s why this short-lived show resonated with so many people. I for one was a huge fan of the geeks — I found myself laughing more at them than at the freaks, and Apatow definitely took the freaks and ran with them into a huge moneymaking film franchise, so maybe that’s where I differ. Samm Levine is a brilliant comedic actor, as is Martin Starr. And how can you not love John Francis Daley? That face.
There were so many great guest spots, too, like Samaire Armstrong and Rashida Jones and David Krumholtz. How delightful to see them at that age, too. The whole experience looked so incredibly fun, and while I am a little sad that the show was cancelled, I think it ended well. Not everything was wrapped up, and yet it ended perfectly. Seeing Lindsay float on in that bus on the way to the Grateful Dead road trip was exactly what the show was about — being fickle. Teenagers are fickle. Daniel Desario is like the dictionary definition of fickle. Lindsay was taught her whole life not to be fickle, but she was also fortunate enough not to have horribly restrictive parents — and that’s realistic, too.
I just want to point out how much more in love with Jason Segel I am now, though. What a talented person. He wrote Forgetting Sarah Marshall, he did the vampire puppet thing, he’s on HIMYM, he’s acted in so much stuff and he plays everything so consistently. I want to be like him.