A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

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 Lindsay Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Sam Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Daniel Desario (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Neal Schweiber (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Ken Miller (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Nick Andopolis (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Bill Haverchuck (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Jean Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Harold Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Kim Kelly (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jerome Elston Scott ...
 Jermaine / ... (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Frank Kowchevski (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Jeff Rosso (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Millie Kentner (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Gordon Crisp (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Cindy Sanders (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Stephen Lea Sheppard ...
 Harris Trinsky (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Alan White (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
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It's the 1980s and at McKinley High, there's two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario and tomboy Lindsay Weir and the Geeks with Lindsay's shy younger brother Sam, gentle Bill Haverchuck, and self-proclaimed ladies' man Neal Schweiber. The show chronicles the normal teen/adolescence problems any teenager goes through including acceptance, drugs, drinking, and bullying. Written by Corey Semple (Hairsprayer07)

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What high school was like for the rest of us [NBC tagline] See more »

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25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Freaks & Geeks  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Where are they now? Linda Cardellini recently starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). James Franco went on to become a huge movie star, even receiving an Academy award nomination for his work in 127 Hours (2010). Seth Rogen is now a big comedy man, and recently starred in Neighbors (2014) and Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising (2016). Jason Segel went on to star in the smash hit How I Met Your Mother (2005), as well as comedy movies such as I Love You, Man (2009). Martin Starr is now probably mostly known for his role as Gilfoyle in the HBO show Silicon Valley (2014). John Francis Daley starred in Bones (2005), and co-wrote Horrible Bosses (2011) and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014). Samm Levine mostly has guest appearances in television shows, but also starred in Inglourious Basterds (2009). Busy Phillips starred in Cougar Town (2009). See more »

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The weathered and worn Pontiac Trans Am that Daniel Desario drives is a design that was available no earlier than 1979. Since the show takes place in 1980, it is highly unlikely that a high school student from a low-income family could afford what was then a fairly new car - and almost equally unlikely that it would look so aged within one year. See more »

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Neal Schweiber: Friday night, always a good night for some Sabbath.
[Lindsay looks at him]
Neal Schweiber: ... 'cause, you know, Friday? is the the Sabbath... for the Jews.
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Best show about young people in a long time.
21 March 2000 | by (Bellingham, Washington) – See all my reviews

"Freaks and Geeks" is about as good of a television show as tv can be. I'm only two years out of high school, and although the show is set in 1980, it effectively captures the life of high schoolers. Nowadays, with this huge surge in teen movies and television, I feel that young people are misrepresented by television shows like Dawson's Creek and movies like "Varsity Blues." Simply put, beautiful people were rare at my high school. Nobody I ever knew engaged in sexual relations with a teacher as a freshman, and I was never approached by women wearing only whipped cream (and I was a three-year varsity athlete). My high school life exactly resembles what the kids in "Freaks and Geeks" do: talk about sci-fi movies, get high, feel alienated by my parents, had confusing talks with guidance counselors, etc. And these kids look like teens, with big glasses, young faces, and zits. From watching "Dawson's" or all the other teen movies out there (although some of those films are admitteldly entertaining I liked "She's All That" and "10 Things I Hate About You) one would glean that all teenagers are young Adonises. "Freaks and Geeks" thankfully corrects that error.

Most importantly though, "F&G" is a great show. Hopefully NBC finds an audience for this show. It is definitely different, slower paced, and doesn't play the latest hit music at full volume, but it IS clever, funny, and warm. It also deftfully balances comedy and drama, without ever being cloying, manipulative, or condescending to its audience. I hope this show stays around for a long time. If NBC drops it, please, some other network, give "Freaks and Geeks" it's very well-earned chance.


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