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Freaks and Geeks 

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

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Paul Feig
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Top Rated TV #50 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Linda Cardellini ...  Lindsay Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
John Francis Daley ...  Sam Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
James Franco ...  Daniel Desario 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Samm Levine ...  Neal Schweiber 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Seth Rogen ...  Ken Miller 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Jason Segel ...  Nick Andopolis 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Martin Starr ...  Bill Haverchuck 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Becky Ann Baker ...  Jean Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Joe Flaherty ...  Harold Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Busy Philipps ...  Kim Kelly 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Jerome Elston Scott Jerome Elston Scott ...  Jermaine / ... 17 episodes, 1999-2000
Steve Bannos ...  Frank Kowchevski 12 episodes, 1999-2000
Dave Allen ...  Jeff Rosso 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Sarah Hagan ...  Millie Kentner 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Jerry Messing ...  Gordon Crisp 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Natasha Melnick ...  Cindy Sanders 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Stephen Lea Sheppard ...  Harris Trinsky 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Chauncey Leopardi ...  Alan White 9 episodes, 1999-2000
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Storyline

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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Happiness is a warm audiovisual machine. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaks and Geeks See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Feig wrote the pilot in a series of hotel rooms while traveling cross-country, in an attempt to sell his independent feature, Life Sold Separately (1997). See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits when Nick Andopolis has his school picture taken, he is wearing a black blazer over a T-shirt. When the black and white yearbook pictures are shown at the end of the opening credits, the blazer has disappeared and he is wearing only a long-sleeved shirt. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some differences between the master copies of the show, and the versions that aired:
  • In the first episode, when we first meet the freaks, the background music playing is the song "You Really Got Me", instead of "Runnin' With the Devil".
  • Also in the first episode, there is a scene added in which Kim comes up to Sam, and jokingly asks him if he wants to kiss her. Sam stops, not sure what to say. Kim then pushes him away, saying "In your dreams, geek!" This scene occurs right before Lindsay asks Eli if he wants to go to the dance with her.
  • In the episode "Noshing and Moshing", the song that plays during the final montage is "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" instead of "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".
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Quite possibly the best show in TV history
14 September 2008 | by zetesSee all my reviews

I had heard this series bandied around by its fans like it was the greatest work of art in television history. It seems to inspire maniacal devotion, so much so that its fans bend over backward to praise anything with the Judd Apatow stamp on it (he was the producer, but not the creator, of this show). So, yeah, it had a lot to live up to. Somehow, despite all the praise it's gotten, it not only met my expectations, but wildly exceeded them. Freaks and Geeks is nothing less than one of the finest, if not the finest, television series that has ever been produced. Set in a suburban Detroit high school in 1980, the show follows the two titular groups (the Freaks being stoners, rockers, hippies and the like), both headed by a member of the Weir family. Lindsey Weir (Linda Cardellini) is a junior, a former smart, goody-two-shoes type of girl who wants to leave her past behind to hang out with the freaks, mostly because she's attracted to Daniel (James Franco). Unfortunately, he already has a girlfriend, Kim (Busy Philips). Also in the group are Nick (Jason Segel), who eventually falls for Lindsey, and Ken (Seth Rogan), a guy who hides behind biting sarcasm. Sam Weir is a tiny 14 year-old freshman who gets picked on constantly, as do his two best friends, Bill (Martin Starr) and Neal (Samm Levine). The show has a pretty even dose of comedy and drama. I teared up as much as I laughed, anyway. The scripts are just amazing, with the characters being some of the most fully-fleshed I've ever met on TV. Especially impressive is the fact that the writers don't make the adults in the show, the parents and the teachers, two-dimensional villains. Nearer the beginning of the show, I was thinking that the Weir patriarch, played by SCTV's Joe Flaherty, was a tad too jokey, but he gains depth with every appearance. Dave 'Gruber' Allen stands out as the school's hippie guidance counselor, again, never stereotyped. Even when he's pitted against the main characters of the show, he always comes off as an adult who is genuinely trying to help those children in his charge. The show features a wonderful soundtrack that rarely ever feels like you're just sitting listening to a classic rock station (this is certainly why the DVD set costs a fortune). It's a tragedy that the show was cancelled after just 18 episodes. I honestly never even heard of it until it was off the air. Every episode I watched, I got sadder, knowing the end was nigh. High school has never been seen with a clearer eye, written more honestly.


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