THE BITTERSWEET MOMENT
13. Lindsay gets on the bus in the Freaks and Geeks finale
Lindsay gets “on the bus’’ in the “Freaks and Geeks’’ finale So much was at play when this one-season wonder wrapped in 2000. On the plot level, we saw our heroine take a step into the unknown for a summer following the Grateful Dead, “Ripple’’ playing in the background. It was an emotional peak. On the network level, the end of “Freaks and Geeks’’ was a sign of NBC’s troubles to come, as the network mistreated this classic series and left it for dead. The finale was dumped onto the air on a Saturday night in July. And on a cultural level, the show finale freed up a mess of talented people - Judd Apatow, Jason Segel, James Franco, Seth Rogen - who would go on to dominate the coming decade in entertainment.
Pictured: Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir.