What is about American Television that cannot sustain a show that isn't totally brainless? Look at Twin Peaks, a show so smart and inventive, that it has became a cult phenomenon to this day. It only lasted two seasons. Freaks and Geeks is one of the best shows ever to be featured on Network Television, and it only lasted one season. It was a smart and honest portrayal of High School in 1980, and featured many stars before they became so. You had Seth Rogen, James Franco, Busy Phillips, Linda Cardellini and Jason Segal. I have no doubt that if the show was released now, in the age of "Apatow", it would be a huge hit. I didn't see it during it's initial run, but thanks to Youtube and DVD, it's now one of my favorites. If you haven't had the pleasure, I wholeheartedly suggest that you do so.