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Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

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After her grandmother's death, a high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.


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Top Rated TV #37 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Lindsay Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Sam Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Daniel Desario (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Neal Schweiber (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Ken Miller (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Nick Andopolis (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Bill Haverchuck (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Jean Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Harold Weir (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Kim Kelly (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Jermaine / ... (16 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Frank Kowchevski (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Jeff Rosso (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Millie Kentner (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jerry Messing ...
 Gordon Crisp (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Cindy Sanders (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Stephen Lea Sheppard ...
 Harris Trinsky (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
 Alan White (9 episodes, 1999-2000)


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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Everything you remember from high school... that you choose to forget. [Fox Family tagline] See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Freaks & Geeks  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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The creators were determined not to end each show with a typical "happy ending". One notable exception is the pilot episode, which the creators purposely wrote as a self-contained story, in case the show was never picked up for production. See more »


When Lindsay first enters the school in "Tricks and Treats", we see the same girl walking behind her, then walking towards her, then behind her again. See more »


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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Excellent acting, great music and good storylines.
15 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Why is it that all the best teen shows get cancelled way before their time? Maybe because the show is set in the 80's (where teenagers won't relate to some of the stuff back then). Or maybe because people don't look for smart acting anymore. Even if you were born after all that hippie - disco stuff, you should still be able to enjoy the show.

Personally, I don't think the show stood a chance. First, it was hardly advertised by NBC. Second, it was placed on a Saturday night. And third, it was taken off the air for a month or so and then brought back. You couldn't have any worse luck. Then when it came back on the air, they only showed a couple of episodes and decided to cancel it for good.

To sum it up - it was a good little show with terrific acting, excellent music, good clothes, great storylines, and a hell of a good try to stay on the air. Unfortunately, it didn't even survive one season. All I know is that I loved it and thank goodness I recorded most of the episodes.

Anybody who missed this show, you lost a chance to see what real television is about.

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