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Stephen Lea Sheppard, who starred as recurring character Harris on the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks" has joined the discussion on yesterday's FPP about his life post-acting.
posted by The Gooch to MetaFilter-Related at 8:55 AM (41 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Neat!
posted by Greg Nog at 9:00 AM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is this a good place to mention that I was halfway through watching the series Party Down when all of a sudden a light bulb went off in my head and I yelled "HOLY SHIT THAT'S BILL HAVERCHUCK!" at the TV?

No? Ok then. Carry on.
posted by bondcliff at 9:03 AM on June 14, 2012


Welcome, Stephen!
posted by Navelgazer at 10:13 AM on June 14, 2012


Cool!
posted by feathermeat at 10:18 AM on June 14, 2012


Aw crap. Am I actually going to have to buy him a beer now? Can we at least wait until payday?
posted by Hoopo at 10:27 AM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


That is several kinds of awesome!
posted by DiscourseMarker at 10:51 AM on June 14, 2012


I love Shaw Cable.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:09 PM on June 14, 2012


Mefi's own Lea Sheppard. Awesome.
posted by Duffington at 12:15 PM on June 14, 2012


Who said I work for Shaw?

(I don't work for Shaw. And I won't discuss who I do work for.)

Hello, all.
posted by Stephenls at 12:40 PM on June 14, 2012 [4 favorites]


How interesting, how bizarre! (Hey dude, welcome to Metafilter!)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:44 PM on June 14, 2012


I love Shaw Cable.

I... I don't think those words have ever been spoken, written or thought of before.
posted by yellowbinder at 1:07 PM on June 14, 2012 [3 favorites]


Hi! Welcome to MeFi.

Somehow I radically misread the meta post at first and thought he'd been hired as another mod and thought "Well, that's weird. Cool, but weird."
posted by rmd1023 at 1:16 PM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Frames of reference exist in which Shaw Cable has its merits.
posted by Stephenls at 1:29 PM on June 14, 2012 [7 favorites]


Hi! It's good to see you here. Kudos for speaking out against bullying!
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:34 PM on June 14, 2012


Hi and welcome, Stephenls! Hope you enjoy Mefi and stick around.
posted by scody at 2:32 PM on June 14, 2012


Thanks for helping sculpt Freaks & Geeks into what it is: one of the most beautiful seasons of televesion to ever grace the small screen. It's so well written, so well acted, so watchable. That show paved the way for arc-driven shows such as Breaking Bad, Shameless, hell even Battlestar Galactica. It was a damn near perfect one-season show that should've been a damn near perfect five-season show.
posted by item at 2:47 PM on June 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


The time I spent studying my summoning spells is not time spent in vain, it seems. *flourishes cloak*
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 2:59 PM on June 14, 2012


Sorry, Karlos, but only Richard Clayton knows the incantation to summon me. I came here on my own.
posted by Stephenls at 3:21 PM on June 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


I have one question for Mr. Sheppard.

Is playing Mass Effect a really strange experience for you?
posted by The Whelk at 3:46 PM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, not really. I tend to register Sheppard as a different name from Shepard.
posted by Stephenls at 3:52 PM on June 14, 2012


*throws cloak down in disgust*
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:57 PM on June 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


There's a world of difference between Shepherd and... lesser spellings.
posted by Shepherd at 4:13 PM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


We must fight with knives!
posted by Stephenls at 4:18 PM on June 14, 2012 [25 favorites]


We must fight with knives!

You know, this was the first time I read an article about someone and thought to myself, "Yeah, he's going to become a Mefite after this."

Little did I know Stephen would instantly become an awesome Mefite.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 4:20 PM on June 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


*ignores paragon interrupt*
posted by The Whelk at 4:23 PM on June 14, 2012


Stephen: you have found your people.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:16 PM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


Some of us are not people.
posted by The Whelk at 5:18 PM on June 14, 2012 [6 favorites]


Some of us are not people.

On the Internet, nobody knows that you're Soylent Green.

(Hi, Stephenls -- welcome!)
posted by maudlin at 5:38 PM on June 14, 2012


Stephen,you have found your people

Only later will he figure out how unnerved that should make him......

(Welcome!)
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 6:27 PM on June 14, 2012


This is probably my only chance to tell someone directly involved with making Freaks and Geeks what an amazing show it was. So:

Stephenls, Freaks and Geeks was one of the best things I've ever seen on TV, and I want to say thank you for helping make it so.

Oh, and welcome to Metafilter!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:39 PM on June 14, 2012


Well, that's the bee's knees for sure.
posted by byanyothername at 8:15 PM on June 14, 2012


*Checks anniversary date of The Spousening. Rubs hands in glee.*

This is delightful. And timely.
posted by EvaDestruction at 8:22 PM on June 14, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is probably my only chance to tell someone directly involved with making Freaks and Geeks what an amazing show it was.

Me too. Stephenls - thanks to you and everyone else who had anything to do with that show for effectively ruining most of the rest of television for me.

Seriously, though, welcome to the community, we hope you'll stick around. Thanks for being a voice against bullying.
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:26 AM on June 15, 2012


Some of us are not people.

Stephenls, you have found your people, and your molluscs, and your mythological figures, and your Fountains of Wayne songs, and your clever puns!
posted by Sidhedevil at 9:45 AM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


AND BUNNIES.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 1:48 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


We must fight with knives!

Sure OK, but traditionally the challenge 'round these parts is broadswords in a pit.
posted by carsonb at 3:12 PM on June 15, 2012


AND NUDIBRANCHS
posted by a humble nudibranch at 1:46 AM on June 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


A fight with broadswords and nudibranchs would certainly be something.
posted by maryr at 7:38 AM on June 16, 2012


I wonder how he found us. Perhaps he has a rare disorder combining symptoms of amnesia, dyslexia, and color-blindness, with a highly acute sense of hearing.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 1:12 AM on June 17, 2012


Damnit.
I have never seen the Freaks and Geeks D&D ep (F&G was dropped here early on), and I have been saving it for just the right time.

This may be the right time.
posted by Mezentian at 2:23 AM on June 17, 2012


Dooooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiit, Mezentian. I can't believe you've waited this long.

I lent my Freaks and Geeks DVDs to a friend who a) kept talking about he wanted to understand the American high school experience and b) was laid up for awhile recovering from surgery. We watched a few episode together, and then I left them with him. He was disciplined -- every few days or so I'd get a comment about how an episode made him laugh or tore his heart out, and it took several weeks before the final cry: "Nooooooo!!! There are no more! I have to know what happens next!"
posted by EvaDestruction at 11:28 AM on June 17, 2012


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