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FreaksandGeeks.com — We take a look at the cult favorite’s temporary home on the web

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Though NBC’s teen-angst dramedy Freaks and Geeks was canceled after only 12 episodes, the show’s cult following survives: In the tradition of My So-Called Life, fans have been clamoring for a return. For now, official site http://www.freaksandgeeks.com is the group’s Web parking lot.

FREAK OR GEEK?
An amusing self-evaluatory quiz asks such questions as ”What kind of pet do you prefer?” with the choices being ”Iguana,” ”Fish,” or ”A computer you’ve named Hal.”
WHAT’S MORE
A test run surmised: ”You’re probably watching The Wizard of Oz while playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.”

FREAKMASTER
The site is run by Maureen Jennings, once Albert Brooks’ assistant.
WHAT’S MORE
She’s working on a time line about show creators Judd Apatow and Paul Feig. ”For instance, Judd and Paul saw The Jerk on the same day, at the same time, in different cities,” says Jennings.

BLACKHEARTED
Joan Jett’s hit single ”Bad Reputation” provided the show’s opening theme.
WHAT THE SITE DOESN’T SAY
That ”Bad Reputation” was a hit in 1981; the show takes place in 1980. Geeky, we know.

POCKET PROTECTORS
Each of the show’s main characters, by way of introduction, has their own page. Ubergeek Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr), for instance, offers his ”Top Ten Favorite TV Shows of 1980.”
WHAT THE SITE DOESN’T PROVIDE
A recipe for mashed potato sandwiches from Mrs. Weir (Becky Ann Baker) didn’t quite make the cut.

OTHER JUNK
A panoply of clips includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the show’s stars.
WHAT THE SITE DOESN’T SAY
Plans to webcast some remaining episodes on Yahoo! were scuttled not by DreamWorks (the production company) or NBC but by the inability to get rights to use the show’s music (like Styx’s ”Come Sail Away”) on the Web.

RETURN TO PARADISE
At press time, NBC was reportedly considering airing three of the six remaining episodes in a one-night marathon.
THE F&G-HEADS SAY
The latest postings — out of more than 32,600 in all — accuse the NBC ”bastards” of using the new episodes ”selfishly” to exploit the cult phenomenon.