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#5. Freaks and Geeks
All this week, the A.V. Club has been publishing episode-by-episode breakdowns of Freaks and Geeks with Paul Feig, who created the forever-underrated series in 1999. And one thing has become abundantly clear: pretty much everything that happened to Sam or Lindsay or really anyone on the show, happened to Feig or someone on the staff, like executive producer Judd Apatow. For instance, when talking about the episode “Tests and Breasts,” Feig said, “The geek story is based on something that I went through, which is my first exposure to porn, which was just horrifying.” The reason Freaks and Geeks has remained so beloved, even though it only aired 18 episodes over a decade ago, is because the show felt so goddamn real (especially that scene of Bill eating a quiet, lonely lunch while laughing his ass off to Garry Shandling — been there).