Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (25 Sep. 1999)

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A group of high school students in 1980 faces various social struggles. Wealthy "brain" Lindsay wants to rebel. Her geeky freshman brother Sam and his two friends are targeted by a bully.

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After the death of her grandmother, high school junior Lindsay Weir, up to now the perfect student, discovers existential rebellion, at least a bit. She wears her dad's old jacket, refuses to join the academic decathlon team, and starts hanging around the school freaks. She remains good hearted and stands up to some boys teasing a mentally-challenged student, but when that goes awry and she's caught cutting class with one of the freaks, she mopes. Meanwhile, her freshman brother Sam, one of several school geeks, is being picked on mercilessly by Alan. Can Sam convince his friends to face the bully with him? The homecoming dance brings some resolution. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Paul Feig wrote the pilot for Freaks and Geeks while touring with his film, "Life Sold Separately" on Tom McPhee's Flixtour - The Premiere Indie film tour that traveled to Colleges between 1996 and 1999. See more »

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When the Weirs are having dinner, a plastic ketchup bottle of a type not used in 1980 can be seen on the table. See more »

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Sam Weir: My dad always tells me that the prettiest girls don't get asked out because guys are too afraid to ask them
Bill Haverchuck: Really? Maybe I should ask out Farrah Fawcett-Majors
Neal Schweiber: Hey, maybe I should ask out Bill's mom
Bill Haverchuck: You'd better not!
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Bad Reputation
(Main Title Song)
Written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell, and Marty Kupersmith
Performed by Joan Jett
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Clever and hilarious
16 January 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A wonderful Pilot to a wonderful show.

Perhaps not perfect all the way through, but for a teen series at the late 90's it was certainly perfect.

The clever and hilarious dialog is mixed with some nice and touching drama.

The show happens in the 80's, yet you can still notice all the similarities of high school to these days. Kids are still mean, everyone's confused and miserable.

In the Pilot, you're introduced to a couple of Freaks (Favorite: Lindsey) and a couple of Geeks (Favorite: Bill) and even though they are an entirely different group. I can still identify with both.

There are many memorable moments in the Pilot, but my favorite was the homecoming dance. It was bound to leave a smile upon your face.

Four Stars


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