“Freaks and Geeks” may have only lasted one season, but the comedic talent creators Paul Feig (now executive producer of the US version of “The Office”) and Judd Apatow (who’s been ruling recent comedy with “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”) has been going ever since. IFC is proud to present the series in its full glory — all 18 episodes, three of which never aired in its original run.
Not only did “Freaks and Geeks” launch the careers of James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogan, but it accurately and heartbreakingly reflects the joys and hardships of getting through high school (in this case, during the very start of ’80s). Revolving around two different groups of kids — the stoner “freaks” and the D&D-loving “geeks” — the series portrays teen years, not an unpopular subject for a TV show, in a way that defies all cliches. Check out “Freaks and Geeks” when it premieres Friday, July 2nd at 11pm following back to back episodes of “Whitest Kids U’ Know.”
Also, if you couldn’t take the time off or round up the funds to get away, IFC has a special vacation package to kick off the month on Thursday, July 1st. Starting at 8pm, check into “Motel Hell,” featuring a crazed couple who kidnap visitors and plant them in their garden. Then jump on board for “Turistas,” where backpackers in Brazil find out the locals have their own deadly agenda. Finally, catch “Cabin Fever,” Eli Roth’s terrifying debut about a flesh-eating virus that seriously ruins a trip for a bunch of college students.
Plus, tune in for all new episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. We’ve got more antics from the comedy troupe beginning Monday, July 19th at 7:30pm. Check out the schedule for all showtimes of Flying Circus this month.
PREMIERES THIS MONTH:
- HOSTEL Aside from starring in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” Eli Roth is a well-established director of horror films. Roth followed up “Cabin Fever” with this terrifying film about friends backpacking through Europe who are enticed into a hostel filled with beautiful women which turns out to be something far darker than they expect. Premieres Fri., 7/02/10 @ 12:00am.
- LORD OF WAR Nicholas Cage plays an illegal arms dealer trying to balance his family and career while a federal agent is on a hunt to track him down. Also stars Bridget Moynahan and Jared Leto. Premieres Sun., 7/04/10 @ 7:55pm.
- MANHUNTER This early thriller from Michael Mann (“The Last of the Mohicans,” “Ali”) is based on “Red Dragon,” Thomas Harris’ prequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.” It follows an FBI agent (William Petersen, formerly of “CSI”) on his quest for a serial killer as he seeks the help of one he already put away, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox). Premieres Sun., 7/18/10 @ 7:55pm.
- AFTER DARK MY SWEET An ex-boxer who recently left a mental institution falls for a widow, and they both get caught up in a kidnapping scheme. Stars Jason Patric and Rachel Ward. Premieres Mon., 7/19/10 @ 12:00am.