Skip Nav

Busy Philipps Interview About Freaks and Geeks

Busy Philipps Isn't Sold on a Freaks and Geeks Reboot: "People Want to Move On"

It's almost impossible to keep track of all the reboots and sequels hitting the big and small screens lately. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be here before you know it, Prison Break is coming back to raise your blood pressure yet again in 2017, but the one show you probably won't be seeing resurrected? Freaks and Geeks. The one-season wonder is a fan favorite, practically a poster child for the canceled-too-soon genre — but isn't that part of why we love it so much? Thanks to the Digital HD release of Vice Principals season one, we got to speak with Busy Philipps about why she actually loves that her current show is only formatted as two seasons. She made some great points about the importance of letting things go, especially when it comes to TV.

You won't find her campaigning for a Freaks and Geeks reunion.

"I feel wary of that track. . . . I get really tired of people trying to get these reunion movies and retreads of shows, like 'When's the Dawson's Creek reunion? When's the Freaks and Geeks reunion?' and it's like, 'Guys, those shows existed, they ended, and let them live in that moment. We don't need to retread everything.' I know people feel a certain sense of nostalgia always; I'm nostalgic about things that happened two days ago. But you also have to appreciate that people want to move on and create new art and different art and do different things with their time. In some cases when shows feel that they've been canceled too soon, it's always exciting when they get a new life. Like The Mindy Project was so exciting for them, and Cougar Town was so exciting for us, to leave ABC then be able to go to TBS and have a great end of our run there. But sometimes I think people just need to let things lay."

Freaks and Geeks ended in the best way possible, given the circumstances.

"Paul [Feig] and Judd [Apatow] and all the writers really did the best they could do to end the season with an ending that would feel somewhat satisfying where it could be the series finale as well. They didn't know at the time if we were going to be canceled, but they felt pretty confident that we were going to be canceled, so they tried to make that last episode satisfying for people to watch. I would have loved for Freaks and Geeks to have gone on a little bit longer, but in some ways, but part of the charm and the appeal of the show is that it exists in this, for lack of a better word, perfect 18 or 19 episodes. The concern is of course, if you have to continue on, are you able to maintain that level consistently of the product that you're putting out, of the stories that you're telling?

ADVERTISEMENT

No, she doesn't know what Kim Kelly would be doing now.

"It's all subjective and what you want to see Kim Kelly doing in the future is not what someone else wants to see Kim Kelly doing in the future. It's sort of cool that people have been able to come up with their own versions of who these people are and what they've become."

She has seen one reboot — over and over.

"My daughter is obsessed with Fuller House; she's watched each episode at least five times. She loves it. It's so funny because I think as someone who watched Full House when it was on originally, I have a very vivid memory of being on the school bus and the bus driver was listening to whatever morning radio show and I remember hearing that Full House was canceled and I started crying on the bus. I loved Full House so much. But I think that we forget that the audience for that show was kids, so for Fuller House it really spoke to my 8-year-old. . . . Birdie had watched a ton of Full House and even had a Full House-themed birthday party when she was 6. We had all the kids dress up in '80s and early '90s clothes and we watched an episode and acted out scenes from Full House. It was the weirdest, funniest birthday party."

Image Source: Everett Collection
Latest Entertainment