Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

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A television show about two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 80's.

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Series cast summary:
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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)
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 Jermaine / ... (16 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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Everything you remember from high school... that you choose to forget. [Fox Family tagline] See more »

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25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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While the show took place in Michigan, it was shot in California. Outside scenes proved to be difficult to shoot because no palm trees were allowed to be seen in the shot. If you look closely you may see at least one. 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 »

Quotes

Lindsay Weir: Dad is right - I'm part of this family.
Harold Weir: Hear that, Jean? I was right about something. Maybe we should take a picture of this moment.
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Referenced in Popular: Baby, Don't Do It! (2000) See more »

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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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