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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
25 September 1999 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's 1980 and this is what high school was like for the rest of us. See more »
Plot:
A television show about two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 80's. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Brilliant See more (167 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Jermaine / ... (16 episodes, 1999-2000)

Michael Beardsley ... Humphries (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Shawn Soong ... Stroker (14 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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Series Directed by
Jake Kasdan (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Judd Apatow (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bryan Gordon (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ken Kwapis (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lesli Linka Glatter (2 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Writing credits
Paul Feig (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Judd Apatow (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mike White (3 episodes, 2000)
Jeff Judah (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bob Nickman (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gabe Sachs (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
J. Elvis Weinstein (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Patty Lin (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Judd Apatow .... executive producer (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Paul Feig .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Terri Potts .... associate producer (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Victor Hsu .... producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jeff Judah .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bob Nickman .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gabe Sachs .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
J. Elvis Weinstein .... producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mike White .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jake Kasdan .... consulting producer (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Original Music by
Michael Andrews (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Cinematography by
Russ T. Alsobrook (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tara Timpone (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Sean K. Lambert (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brent White (3 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Casting by
Allison Jones (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Production Design by
Jefferson Sage (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Sarah Burdick Stone (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chris L. Spellman (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Costume Design by
Debra McGuire (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Layman .... key makeup artist / key makeup (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lisa Meyers .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Laverne Caracuzzi .... key makeup artist / makeup artist (10 episodes, 1999-2000)

Peggy Hannaman .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Camille Henderson .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Tim Phoenix .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
K.G. Ramsey .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
David Syner .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Voss .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Christopher Campbell .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andrew Stone .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Schwartz .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Liz Ryan .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Douglas E. Wise .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Carey Dietrich .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1999-2000)

Pip Gilmour .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Kime .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Kimberly Sizemore .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Chuck McSorley .... property master (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jeff Plauster .... propmaker gangboss (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jeffry C. Voorhees .... assistant property master (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Spitaletto .... painter (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Melissa McSorley .... prop food stylist (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
John Stone .... construction coordinator (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chad Fontaine .... labor (4 episodes, 1999)

Erik Carlson .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Carl Denooyer .... swing gang (unknown episodes)
Bart C. Hubenthal .... set dresser / swing gang (unknown episodes)
Todd Jacques .... swing gang (unknown episodes)
Chris Marneus .... construction foreman (unknown episodes)
Glenn Matayoshi .... assistant props (unknown episodes)
Caty Maxey .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
John Naehrlich .... leadman (unknown episodes)
David P. Newell .... swing gang (unknown episodes)
Beth Norton .... painter foreman (unknown episodes)
Amy Reynolds .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gary Rizzo .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Clare Scarpulla .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Saul Solache .... swing gang (unknown episodes)
Aaron Sternlicht .... swing gang (unknown episodes)
Cole Young .... carpenter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Crabtree .... foley artist (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Catt LeBaigue .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brendan Beebe .... boom operator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Thomas Brandau .... production sound mixer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bruce M. Honda .... dialogue editor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Deron Street .... assistant sound editor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Neil Brody .... re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joseph D. Citarella .... sound re-recording mixer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Damon Cohoon .... assistant sound editor (5 episodes, 2000)

Dale Chaloukian .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
James Eric .... utilities (unknown episodes)
Will Gethen-Jones .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Eddie Surkin .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Donna Evans .... stunt coordinator (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mickey Cassidy .... utility stunts (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brian Avery .... stunt double (1 episode, 2000)

Chris Blackwood .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Debbie Evans .... stunt driver (unknown episodes)
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Joyce .... camera operator: "b" camera & Steadicam operator / camera operator (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Curtis Bradford .... chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Eyal Gordin .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tom Harjo .... key grip (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... grip (3 episodes, 2000)

Michael Albala .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Steven Aquilino .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Anthony Lee Beverly .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
James Boniface .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Jason Campbell .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Kevin Cook .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Eric Alan Donaldson .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Timothy Hedgecock .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Kurt Iswarienko .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Greg Luntzel .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Calese Russell .... company grip (unknown episodes)
Lee Schmicker .... assistant chief lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Eric Stapelfeldt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Ric Urbauer .... key rigging grip (unknown episodes)
Naomi Villanueva .... camera loader (unknown episodes)
Glenn Wade .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Steve Wagner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Jon Yirak .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Sasha Adkinson .... extras casting (17 episodes, 1999-2000)

Alison Franck .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Sara Getzkin .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Saxon .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Franco .... key costumer (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bob Squire .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 2000)
Gina Trikonis .... costume supervisor (7 episodes, 2000)

Joe Franco .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Kouba .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Joseph T. Mastrolia .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Katrina Mastrolia .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Hector Morales .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Shawni Modrell .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Larry Field .... final colorist (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ron Shaw .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 1999-2000)

Christopher Campbell .... post-production (unknown episodes)
Bryan Wood .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Joan Jett .... composer: main title song (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jonathan Karp .... music editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Buck Damon .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Wende Crowley .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 2000)
Michael Dilbeck .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael Sean Ryan .... transportation coordinator (17 episodes, 1999-2000)

Michael Bangs .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
James Boniface .... driver (unknown episodes)
Richard Burch .... driver (unknown episodes)
Tom Lyons .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Mike Storc .... transportation (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary Michael Clark .... payroll accountant (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michelle Axelrod .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jacqueline R. Clay .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Maureen Jennings .... assistant to producers (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Patty Lin .... story editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Richard Lorenzana .... production accountant (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Marisa Tambornini .... assistant to producers (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Deborah Laub .... location manager (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Marc Grossmann .... publicist (5 episodes, 2000)
Pedro Mata .... key assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2000)
Bruce Lawhead .... location manager (3 episodes, 2000)

Josh Assael .... production intern (unknown episodes)
Julie Brill .... assistant to writers (unknown episodes)
Grace Bustos .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Oscar Casillas .... production assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Almarie Clifford .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Richard De Labio .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Hope Diamond .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Kenneth England .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lannie Franklin .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Maurice 'Moe' Freeman .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Greg Gabel .... office production assistant (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Gross .... accounting production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jason King .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Susan M. Lorenzana .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Lucene .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
Mark Palmer .... craft service (unknown episodes)
Wayne Rich .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
George A. Romero .... set medic (unknown episodes)
Jason K. Smith .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sarah Stokes .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
Phil Trocki .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
44 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The actors improvised lines in many of the scenes to achieve a sense of reality.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In "Chokin' & Tokin'", Lindsay grabs the "M" volume of the encyclopedia to look up "Marijuanna". She finds it in the back of the volume, even though it starts with "MA" which would be closer to the front of the volume.See more »
Quotes:
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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55 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 13 January 2003
Author: AllisonLVenezio from Jersey shore, USA

The teen years are already hard to swallow without all the other consistent pressure of growing up. However, most shows don't represent this properly--or they portray "beautiful people" as the troubled group. "Freaks and Geeks" blows that completely out of the water, and depicts the lives in two unique fringe groups--square geeks and lowly freaks, and their trials and tribulations, as they work to gain acceptance from their unfair peers in an unfair environment--high school.

In 1980 suburban Michigan, Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) is a perfect student--a Mathlete, brilliant, promising. Her grandmother death floors her, and sends Lindsay into a tailspin. She drops the Mathletes and ditches her bookish ways to become a freak--though she is still a smart one. Meanwhile, her brother, Sam (John Francis Daley) is beginning his freshman year with his friends, Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) and Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine), and the boys are immediately thrown into the geek group.

I am a 20-year old college sophomore, and when this show premired in September 1999, I was a junior in high school. I was also unfortunate never to see this show during its initial run, because I was not home when it aired. I remember "Freak and Geeks" being placed in death knell time slots on Saturday and Monday nights, and saying to myself "NBC isn't giving this show a chance." It didnt--"Freaks and Geeks" was cancelled after only 4 months, and several episodes did not make it to air. I was largely disappointed, because I had good intentions on watching this show, and was never home to do so. Much to my luck, ABC Family began airing the reruns, so I taped one to watch. The first episode I saw, "Looks and Books," was hysterical. Recently, I saw the episode with the tuba girl, and this past weekend I saw "Chokin' and Tokin'," where Lindsay smokes potent marijuana that Nick gave her, and Bill accidentally eats a peanut that was jokingly put on his sandwich during lunch. That was the best of the three I've seen.

I attended high school between September 1997 and June 2001, and the school was majority (99%) white, and centrally located in suburban southern New Jersey. My high school had several distinct groups in its structured hiarchy: the jocks, the smart kids, the preps, the in-betweeners, the geeks, and the freaks.

Our freaks were goths--they wore black, clamped dog chains around their necks, wore fishnet shirts underneath t-shirts, dyed their hair weird colors, and were controversial figures--they often wore black trenchcoats and hated everyone who wasn't them. They were burnouts who took classes in the D-Wing, which was where all the woodshop, graphic arts, and special education classes were. In other words, if you were a D-Winger, you weren't the best of students, and were placed there because you were not a productive member of the student body.

Meanwhile, our geeks enrolled in computer science classes, and played role-playing card games in lunch. The geeks were impatient with everyone who didn't understand them, and they always worked as tutors. Basically, I refused to get tutoring for math because of them.

I, on the other hand, was not a geek nor a freak. I was an in-betweener--I got good grades but couldn't compete with the smart kids, well-dressed but not cool enough to be a prep, definitely not of geek appeal, and frightened of anything the freaks did (seriously, they used to stare at anyone who wasn't them). I could relate to Lindsay--I was constantly looking for acceptance, but I got by (I've been better off since I started college). This show portrayed teen angst the way it was mean to be portrayed--among the groups that feel the wrath of high school. Too many times have movies and television shows depicted the angst among the beautiful, smart, rich kids--what do they have to be angry about? It's the rest of us that fought for acceptance. The in-betweeners worked just as hard as everyone else, but our individuality kept us out of the respectible groups.

When I first saw this show, I saw distinctions right away, and similarities to my own school years. I also saw something in Lindsay--I knew she's grow out of the funk she was in once she grew up, and I knew she would do ok with herself. I liked the geeks because they always had something funny to say, especially Sam, who was reduced to stammering "Oh, hi Cindy" every time he saw her. Neal was the one who tried to be cool, but his geekiness held him back. Bill, thankfully, didn't look like anybody I went to school with, although that would have been funny. I also love the time period it takes place in--1980. What's not to love about the '80s???

This is a brilliant that was never recognized. Thankfully, the reruns were resurrected, so those of us who missed it the first time can see it now. I'm really liking this show, and I tape it every time its on (again, I miss the reruns because "Saturday Night Live" is on, and nothing comes between me and "Saturday Night Live"). If you get the chance, and have ABC Family. check this show out--it's 60 minutes of something we can all relate to.

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