I caught up with F&G only recently. Watching the first few episodes, I wondered what all the fuss (well, the excitement in the cult comedy community) had been about. Seemed pretty standard fare, even if it was wrapped in the nostalgic wood-panelled suburban rooms of my childhood. It wasn't until episodes 5 and 6 that something kicked in, and I really enjoyed the show. It felt as though the writers suddenly got smarter and provided more nuanced characterizations and surprises. These episodes feature Daniel's teary-eyed speech about being a track three kid, and Nick's drumming try-out for a local band. After those stories, I was hooked... Matt makes a nice point about Bill having the geekiest physical appearance, while also being comfortable in his own skin. He easily makes off with the very best comedic lines. (Check out "Party Down" for Martin Starr's darker take a nerd gone to the dark side.) Anyway a warm, appealing show. Good to see the cast finding success elsewhere.
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