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



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Series cast summary:
Linda Cardellini ...
 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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What high school was like for the rest of us [NBC 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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Linda Cardellini kept the jacket she wore on the show. See more »


At the end of the opening credits, a yearbook shows Nick, Lindsay, and Sam's pictures listed in a row. However, Nick's last name is Andopolis, and Lindsay and Sam's last name is Weir, meaning they would have been in opposite ends of the yearbook. Also, Lindsay and Sam would not be placed near each other, as they are in different grades (she is a junior and he is a freshman). 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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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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