Freaks and Geeks (TV Series 1999–2000) Poster



The actors improvised lines in many of the scenes to achieve a sense of reality.
James Franco and 'Busy Philips' were said to have hated each other in real life, in spite of the fact that they play a couple in the show.
Series producer Judd Apatow told Vanity Fair in 2012 that whenever he sees an opportunity to use anyone from the show he does. It is his way of refusing to accept that the show was canceled, and that all of his subsequent movies are the continuous adventures of those characters.
John Francis Daley is the only cast member to be the age of his character (14) during filming.
About halfway through the season, it was evident that the show was in danger of being canceled. The rest of the episodes were put on hold, while the creators wrote and filmed the final episode (which was written in a way as to serve as both a series finale if the show was canceled, and a season finale if the show would've gotten picked up for a second season). Several episodes later, it was canceled.
Jason Segel admitted it was very easy to act intimidated of his father in the show, played by Kevin Tighe, because he was intimidated by Tighe in real life.
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.
Cancelled after the airing of "Chokin' and Tokin'".
Jesse Eisenberg was the second choice for the role of Sam Weir.
Linda Cardellini kept the jacket she wore on the show.
The pilot was filmed in an actual school, and after the show was picked up, school sets were built that matched the original school almost exactly, and the rest of the series was filmed on these sets. The hallway set was actually just one "T" section of hallway, and it was constantly redressed to make it appear as if more of the school was being shown. The extras walking down the hall would pile up at the end of the hallway after every shot, as there was literally nowhere for them to go.
Shia LaBeouf auditioned for the role of Neil Schweiber.
Busy Philipps orginally auditioned for the part of Lindsay Weir. The producers did not think she was right for the part but asked her to try out for the supporting role of Kim Kelly.
Ranked #25 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
Nearly everything that happens to the characters happened to Paul Feig or other members of the crew - for example, the blue suit that Sam Weir wears in "Looks and Books", the showering in the locker room storyline in "I'm With the Band".
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting auditioned for the role of Cindy Sanders.
Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini have small roles in Dead Man on Campus (1998) ' as a couple.
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.
In one scene, Sam Weir is discussing Stripes (1981). Joe Flaherty, who plays Weir's father, had a small part in that film.
Lizzy Caplan auditioned for both the roles of Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly before being later cast as Sara.
Creator Paul Feig wrote the pilot in a series of hotel rooms while traveling cross-country in an attempt to sell his independent feature, Life Sold Separately (1997).
Linda Cardellini (Lindsay) and Busy Philipps (Kim) were both born on June 25th. However, Cardellini was born in 1975, while Philipps was born in 1979.
Entertainment Weekly included this show in its "25 Greatest Cult TV Shows Ever" list at position #13 in the September 29, 2009.
Debut for both Seth Rogen and John Francis Daley.
The smoking patio where the freaks hung out was actually filmed at several different locations.
Seth Rogen split his chin open when he smashed Nick's (Jason Segel) guitar.
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Paul Feig's inspiration for the show was Rainer Werner Fassbinder's epic Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), which dealt with the lives of outsiders and misfits in Berlin before World War II.
According to executive producer Judd Apatow, the "look" of the show was heavily inspired by the works of director Hal Ashby, particularly Harold and Maude (1971) and The Last Detail (1973).
In December 2014, James Franco and Seth Rogen played an interactive game based on the series and was uploaded on YouTube by The Fine Brothers and animated by Doctor Octoroc.
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Stephen Lea Sheppard only auditioned because his friend, who he was living with at the time, asked him to go.
Lauren Ambrose was considered for the role of Lindsay Weir.
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The bottom "leaf" on Mr. Rosso's tree says "Peter Warrick FSU", who was a wide receiver Florida State, for now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL
Cast members Seth Rogan (Ken Miller,) Thomas F. Wilson (Coach Fredricks,) and Sam McMurray (Dr. Vic Sheiber,) all have the same birthday. (April 15th)
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Sarah Hagan & Natasha Melnick were only 15 years old when filming began. Linda Cardenelli was 24.
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John Francis Daley was 13 when he auditioned for Sam Weir.
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