The show’s 18 episodes featured snippets of more than 120 songs, including Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” in the opening credits. It set the tone for the show, but it wasn’t cheap. Clearing songs by Van Halen, KISS, and The Who—just to name a few—required a lot of paperwork and ate up much of the show’s budget . It also later delayed the DVD release. Fox removed most of the music when it picked up Freaks and Geeks re-runs to avoid paying extra fees.
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