'Freaks and Geeks' 1999-2000
Judd Apatow's best work to date, hands down. A lot of great careers began here as well; James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley. The show is about two groups of misfits that struggle to find themselves in high school. Throughout the short-lived series -- there are only 18 episodes -- the students run into drinking, smoking, drugs, sex and lying, among other typical teen issues. It was a new take on the same kind of show, and I loved it. My sister and I lived for this show, for the year it was on at least. Even after it was over, we were always discussing it and asking people if they watched it; not many people we knew had caught the show. But we were forever talking about it.
When I got to college, I found a few people who had seen it, and even had the series on DVD, which made me happy. I have since caught some reruns on IFC, but only once in a while. This only comes in second place on my list because "Boy Meets World" made such an impression on me and followed me through a lot more years of my childhood. If you have never seen "Freaks and Geeks," I highly recommend you give up the time it takes to watch it; you can find it on Netflix.