A friend of mine lent me Freaks and Geeks recently. It's so fascinating that it takes place right at the beginning of the 80s. It's like getting a peek into the world of my childhood babysitter. It feels like there was a sort-of 70s cool still clinging around that went away when the 80s really took over.
I started high school in 1985, and watching Freaks and Geeks is a strange mix of the familiar and the foreign. I was smiling when Sam goes trick-or-treating as a freshman. OMG, I thought to myself. I totally did that, too!
Only when I went to pull the picture to scan it, it turns out that it wasn't my freshman year. No, my friends, I totally went trick or treating as a sophomore in high school, circa 1986.
I was Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, and I think my friend was just doing dark and moody alternative chick - we didn't use the word "goth" for the only one girl who dressed like that on a daily basis.
And yeah, we totally hit the woman's house where we got lectured for being too old to trick or treat.
Three other thoughts about Freaks and Geeks, from 3 disks in:
Man, I hate the guidance counselor. Like, I get that he's funny, and I loved the episode where he rocked out, but the role must be triggering some high school reaction from me, because I feel just like the kids in his office during most of his scenes.
And finally, I totally spied Matt Czuchry as Teenage Guy #1 in "We've Got Spirit." I could hardly believe it, but there it is on his IMDB page as his first television gig. Awesome.