Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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Pilot 

In 1980, a group of high school students face various social struggles. Wealthy "brain" Lindsay wants to rebel. Her geeky freshman brother Sam and his two friends are targeted by a bully.

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Writers:

Paul Feig (created by), Paul Feig
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Dave Allen ... Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Ben Foster ... Eli
Chauncey Leopardi ... Alan White
Thomas F. Wilson ... Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
Steve Bannos ... Frank Kowchevski
Brianna Brown ... The Cheerleader
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Storyline

After the death of her grandmother, high school junior Lindsay Weir, up to now the perfect student, discovers existential rebellion, at least a bit. She wears her dad's old jacket, refuses to join the academic decathlon team, and starts hanging around the school freaks. She remains good hearted and stands up to some boys teasing a mentally-challenged student, but when that goes awry and she's caught cutting class with one of the freaks, she mopes. Meanwhile, her freshman brother Sam, one of several school geeks, is being picked on mercilessly by Alan. Can Sam convince his friends to face the bully with him? The homecoming dance brings some resolution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1 Episode)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Feig wrote the pilot for Freaks and Geeks while touring with his film, "Life Sold Separately" on Tom McPhee's Flixtour - The Premiere Indie film tour that traveled to Colleges between 1996 and 1999. See more »

Goofs

When the Weirs are having dinner, a plastic ketchup bottle of a type not used in 1980 can be seen on the table. See more »

Quotes

Alan White: [taunting Sam Weir] I've never fought a *girl* before.
Lindsay Weir: [from behind him] I'm a girl. You wanna fight me?
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Trouble with Tribbles (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Runnin' With the Devil
Written by Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth, Edward Van Halen and Alex Van Halen
Performed by Van Halen
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5 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Freaks And Geeks

Feig's everlasting comic classic is a tour de force of art when it comes to set an example of cutting through the dogmatic commercial views. The passionate bulletproof love of Paul Feig, the creator, for the 80s is a profound poetry that is visible in his keen eye on the details of the conversations. From references that SHOULD come in handy to the complete makeover in their vocab that shines light on the journey that warps us back a couple of decades ago, Judd Apatow and Feig has created an ultimate teenage treasure where each cast is so invested and reflective in their performance that they have managed to make it big easily in their later days.

But despite of having such an absorbing performance from the cast members, even the younger cast that shows you the range which is not usually something you get to see, I would once again jump back to Feig's smoothness in his flaws. And he does have it, and it seems like he too knows it and embraces it in a way that the storytelling grows friction less and pulls out a much more meaningful and powerful note that it outweighs the flaws or distractions on the script.

This depiction of rebellious teenager and the lost-warrior-alike parents of theirs, in a rapidly evolving era has honesty in balancing the world- even the elders or teachers are humane, just as James Franco says once, "These old people also have bad people among them." Take the parents, for instance, each of our teenager hosts have some baggage in their house and as the series ages, the perspective changes and the three dimensional characters finally reveals and accepts all the sides of themselves, where you then, exhale victoriously as Feig explains or more correctly metaphorically notions the very existence or origin of these Freaks And Geeks that we all root for.

Pilot

With a sensibly alluring picturization of the 80s and its pop cultural references, this brother-sister duo oozes warmth whilst their friends try to be impeccably cool, something that is out if their zone, and works completely in our favour, as the audience, to laugh and connect with easily.


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