Certain things I easily finish in their entirety. Essays by Joan Didion, for example. A pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Or, anyone else's food, generally. The same cannot be said for TV shows. Bar the first season, either my interest wanes, character attachment anxiety becomes too disruptive, or I simply forget when the second season starts.
I guess it's a blessing that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after the first season—it's the only show I can successfully say I've finished in its entirety. From this Vanity Fair article, the creators and cast, though for different reasons, seem to feel the same way too.
“’You won’t find any pretty people on Freaks and Geeks,’” actress Busy Phillips who played Kim Kelly remembers reading. “That was interesting as a 19-year-old girl to read. We were not standard packaging.”
Take Lindsay Weir, played by Linda Cardellini, always dressed in her Dad’s old army jacket and hair maybe made wavy with dollop of Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse after a shower. Then there’s Kim, in her light blue ski jacket, cowry-shell choker and black eyeliner—I’m guessing Wet N’ Wild Megalast Eye Pencil, shoplifted from the drugstore. Rashida Jones also makes one wonderful guest appearance as bully Karen Scarfolli. Her hair is so straight, layered, and middle parted that it slightly sticks to her face. Bed Head Control Freak Serum could easily replicate the look. (The corresponding name is only coincidence.) Millie Kentner, pairs high necklines and hair accessories with higher morals and grades. Cindy Sanders is conventionally pretty—see: flushed cheeks and wholesome good looks—but, as Sam Weir sagely reveals, “just because a girl is pretty doesn’t mean she’s cool.”
Rough, real, and distinctly themselves, it's better pretty people don’t abound.
Also, Bill Haverchuck (i.e. Martin Starr): you’d look great in our glasses.