Freaks and Geeks (TV Series 1999–2000) Poster



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The actors improvised lines in many of the scenes to achieve a sense of reality.
John Francis Daley is the only cast member to be the age of his character (14) during filming.
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.
James Franco and Busy Philipps were said to have hated each other in real life, in spite of the fact that they play a couple in the show.
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.
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 by his father in the show, played by Kevin Tighe, because he was intimidated by Tighe in real life.
Debut for both Seth Rogen and John Francis Daley.
Linda Cardellini kept the jacket she wore on the show.
Seth Rogen split his chin open when he smashed Nick's (Jason Segel) guitar.
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".
Cancelled after the airing of Freaks and Geeks: Chokin' and Tokin' (2000).
Shia LaBeouf auditioned for the role of Neil Schweiber.
Jesse Eisenberg was the second choice for the role of Sam Weir.
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.
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.
In the intro song, before they both get their pictures taken, you can see both James Franco and Jason Segel rubbing their eyes to give them a stoner look.
Creator Paul Feig has said that Lindsay was his favorite character to write.
Samm Levine (Neal) and Martin Starr (Bill) had a feud on set, and were later known to get into a few arguments throughout filming.
Kaley Cuoco auditioned for the role of Cindy Sanders.
Sarah Hagan & Natasha Melnick were only 15 years old when filming began. Linda Cardenelli was 24.
Lizzy Caplan auditioned for both the roles of Lindsay Weir and Kim Kelly before being later cast as Sara.
Ranked #25 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Top Cult Shows Ever!" (30 May 2004 issue).
In one scene, Sam Weir is discussing Stripes (1981). Joe Flaherty, who plays Weir's father, had a small part in that film.
Entertainment Weekly included this show in its "25 Greatest Cult TV Shows Ever" list at position #13 in the September 29, 2009.
Where are they now? Linda Cardellini recently starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron. James Franco went on to become a huge movie star, even receiving an Academy award nomination for his work in 127 Hours. Seth Rogen is now a big comedy man and recently starred in Neighbors and Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising. Jason Segel went on to star in the smash hit How I Met Your Mother as well as comedy movies such as I Love You Man. Martin Starr is now probably mostly known for his role as Gilfoyle in the HBO show Silicon Valley. John Francis Daley now stars in Bones and co-wrote the movie Horrible Bosses. Samm Levine mostly has guest appearances in TV shows but also starred in Inglorious Basterds. Busy Phillips starred in Cougar Town.
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.
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).
The smoking patio where the freaks hung out was actually filmed at several different locations.
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.
Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini have small roles in Dead Man on Campus (1998) ' as a couple.
Busy Phillips wasn't originally going to be a regular cast member.
During the opening credits, you can see James Franco and Jason Segal vigorously rubbing their eyes to give themselves that "burn-out" look. You can also see Seth Rogen smiling before his class picture which he takes with a grumpy look. Allowing the viewer to see this was intentional, as it was a common trend in the 80s to harmlessly sabotage one's yearbook photo.
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.
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).
Jason Segel (Nick), Samm Levine (Neal), Martin Starr (Bill), and Busy Philipps (Kim) all appear in the series "How I Met Your Mother"
Cast members Seth Rogen (Ken Miller), Thomas F. Wilson (Coach Fredricks), and Sam McMurray (Dr. Vic Sheiber) all have the same birthday (April 15th).
John Francis Daley was 13 when he auditioned for Sam Weir.
Linda Cardellini (Lindsey) and Jason Segel (Nick) dated off screen for 5 years. Ironically, they dated in the show. They had previously co-starred in Dead Man on Campus (1998). Segel stated in an interview with Los Angeles Times in 2008 that Cardellini was a great girlfriend and the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) was not based on her, it was more an amalgamation of a lot of different relationships and breakups he had.
James Franco and Seth Rogen were in a strict vegan diet throughout filming due to Seth wanting to lose weight.
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Stephen Lea Sheppard only auditioned because his friend, who he was living with at the time, asked him to go.
Stephen Lea Sheppard was dragged to the open call audition against his wishes, and asked to audition for the role of Daniel Desario when producers saw him reading a book with his hair in his face.
James Franco, John Francis Daley, and Martin Starrr are all linked to the Spider-man franchise. Franco plays Harry Osborn in the Raimi trilogy. Daley wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, Starr plays a role in that same film.
The running gag of Neal's last name, Schweiber, being mispronounced stemmed from an accidental mispronunciation during rehearsal.
Ben stiller was casted in episode 17 (the little things) as a favor from Judd apatow to save the show from being cancelled. The show was cancelled 3 episodes before it could even air.
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The bottom "leaf" on Mr. Rosso's tree says "Peter Warrick FSU", who was a wide receiver Florida State in the early 90's, and then for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL during the early 2000's.
Sarah Hagan (Millie) drew a picture of James Franco (Daniel) due to him being "A flirty guy" She still has the picture today.
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The cast of freaks and geeks were booed at the macy's Thanksgiving parade in 1999 due to having a "lame" float.
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"Smooching and Mooching" (#113, aired July 8, 2000): While at the Weirs' house during quiet hour, Nick breaks the silence by blasting "Tom Sawyer" from Lindsay's room claiming listening to music is his homework. After a brief conversation about screwing around, Mr. Weir says "That drummer you're listening to, he's terrible...Neil Peart couldn't drum his way out of a paper bag...you wanna hear drumming? I'll play you drumming...I grew up with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich". (Ironically, Harold Weir is played by Joe Flaherty, SCTV's "Count Floyd" who introduced the song "The Weapon" on the concert video screen during the Signals and Grace Under Pressure tours, as well as on the single release).
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Both Joe Flaherty (Harold Weir) and Thomas F. Wilson (Coach Ben Fredricks) started in Back to the Futute part 2, but they didn't share any scenes in the 1989 classic.
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Judd Apatow said in an interview that he would've wanted Cindy Sanders and Sam Weir being mortal enemies in season 2. Running against each other for student body president, and others.
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Lauren Ambrose was considered for the role of Lindsay Weir.
Jeff (Dave 'Gruber' Allen) and Kowchevski (Steve Bannos) went on to star as roommates in the 2016 Netflix original series 'Love'. Both shows are produced by Judd Apatow.
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When Daniel takes Ken and Nick to the punk club, Ken and Nick make fun of Daniel's new punk hairdo. Jason Segel who plays Nick, has a role in SLC Punk! (1998) in which he is friends with two guys who also have punk hairdos.
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When Nick (Jason Segal) tries out for the rock band, director Paul Feig plays the guitarist who asks Nick how many pieces he has in his drum kit.
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In the episode "Noshing and Moshing", a SOBE drink sign can be seen behind James Franco on the glass display case for beverages when they are in the convenience store. SOBE didn't come out until 1996, which is 16 years after the show is supposed to take place, in 1980.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the beginning Lindsay was meant to get together with Daniel (James Franco) not Nick (Jason Segel). However this was changed when it was decided that Daniel would be together with Kim (Busy Philipps).
John Francis Daley (Sam) got an erection on set when he kissed Natasha Melnicic (Cindy) for the first time

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