I admit, I laughed at American Pie 2... but then Band Camp came out and I wondered "what happened to the R-Rated comedy?" But thankfully Judd Apatow grabbed the genre by the yarbles with The 40 Year Old Virgin. This movie saved the R-Rated Comedy from certain death, and every year since Apatow has written and directed another brilliant movie. But before Apatow saved the movies, he dominated TV.
Apatow's best television show in my opinion was "Freaks and Geeks." The tag line for the show was "It's 1980 and this is what high school was like for the rest of us." If you need any more convincing of its greatness, consider that Billy Joel was such a fan of the show he allowed two of his songs to be used in an episode. Hitherto he had refused to allow these songs to be used in any movie or TV show. Or consider that if you do not watch this show you will never again see James Franco (Harry Osborn from the Spider Man franchise) playing Dungeons and Dragons on camera.
Unfortunately, Judd Apatow has always been ahead of his time. This show was canceled after only 18 episodes because it was just too awesome. But now the World has caught up and you can see this masterpiece of the small screen on DVD. I suggest you do.
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