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Freaks and Geeks” is now airing on IFC, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night’s episode.Episode 5: Tests and Breasts

Directed by Ken Kwapis[2]

Written by Bob Nickman[3]

Originally aired November 6, 1999

“In movies like that, they sensationalize certain things. But in reality those things don’t usually happen.” — Coach Fredericks

Matt: When Coach Fredericks (Thomas F. Wilson[4]) says that line, he’s calming Sam’s fears about an alarming porno film. But he’s also speaking to the “Freaks and Geeks[5]” ethos of realism over sensationalism. Tonight’s episode “Tests and Breasts,” written by Bob Nickman[6] and directed by Ken Kwapis[7], really embodies that style of storytelling. It’s full of moments when the show could veer into melodrama or exaggeration but never does.

Take that storyline with Sam.



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