We previously focused on the reasons why you should watch Freaks and Geeks, but now we will think about the things that the show actually taught us. This show taught us a multitude of lessons throughout its 18-episode run. We learned answers to teenage issues regarding sex, drugs, friendship, and family life, but which of these stood out the most?
6. You can stand up to your friends
This show taught us an abundance of lessons regarding your peers. One of the biggest lessons is the fact that you shouldn't be afraid to stand up to them, even if they're in your circle of friends. The way our main characters stand up to each other throughout 18 episodes is something we should all pay attention to as it doesn't just pertain to being a teenager. If they do something you don't agree with or get you in trouble, call them on it. If they're real friends they will be around to talk about it once things cool down.
5. You can lean on your friends
Just as important as standing up to your friends is to not be afraid to lean on them when you need help. Whether it's because you found out that your father is cheating on your mom or if you simply just feel lost, you can lean on your friends for support. You never know, they just might give you some advice that changes your life.
4. Sometimes the popular girls don't make the best girlfriends
Every school had that one girl that was fawned over by the male student body. The one girl that every guy wanted to be with and that every girl wanted to be. But did being popular always make them a good person? Well, Sam's short-lived relationship with Cindy Sanders proved that a girl can be as pretty and popular as can be, but that doesn't make them girlfriend material. In the end they can be bossy, rude, and don't realize a relationship is a two-way street.
3. It's alright for you to be friends with any clique
Ever imagine Daniel as a D&D fanatic? Ever imagine that Nick might actually like disco or that Ken was into a band geek? Yeah, it was a surprise to all of us. The truth is, despite what your clique might lead you to believe or what your perception of high school might have been, it is alright to have friends outside of your group. Lindsay and Millie are still friends despite their clique differences, the geeks maintained a friendship with Maureen, and Daniel made the interesting bond with the geeks after being forced to join AV Club. They offer that look into the outside world and give you a different perspective.
2. You should confront and own up to your mistakes
Have you ever just wanted to break up with your boyfriend, but told everyone about it but him? Did you steal and crash your parents car? With those examples, and many more, we learned that we should always own up to our mistakes. If we are in the wrong we shouldn't be afraid to be the bigger person and just admit it. Sometimes all a situation needs is a meaningful apology to settle things. If someone else is wrong but you want to just let things go, don't be afraid to move on. Sometimes closure comes later down the road.
1. Don't be afraid to go to your parents for support
They can be embarrassing and it may seem like they are yelling at you for no reason, but the bottom line is it's alright to go to your parents when you have a problem. Don't think they will ever let a friend in trouble eat dinner or stay at your house? Or that they won't ever be supportive of a relationship? You never know with what they might surprise you with. You just have to give them a chance.