Aired on: NBC, 1999-2000
The poster child for all one-year wonders, "Freaks and Geeks" was too good for NBC not to pick up in 1999 -- when it was still the "ER" and "Friends"-airing No. 1 network -- but also utterly at odds with most of what the network had on the air at the time. It was shunted off to Saturday nights (networks still programmed it then, but it was a relative dead zone), had episodes aired out of order and didn't get its full complement of episodes aired until what was then Fox Family ran them in the fall of 2000.
The show helped launch or boost the careers of a ridiculously talented group of people, both in front of and behind the camera. The cast included James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr and Samm Levine; Paul Feig created it, and the writing and producing staff included Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan, Rebecca Sinclair and the duo of Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs.