Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (25 Sep. 1999)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Comedy, Drama
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
The Cheerleader


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 <>

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25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cinematographer for the pilot was Bill Pope, who also shot The Matrix (1999) shortly before - he moved on to movies after Freaks and Geeks. See more »


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 »


Neal Schweiber: The dance is tomorrow. She's a cheerleader, you've seen Star Wars 27 times. You do the math.
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References Caddyshack (1980) See more »


I'm Alright
Performed by Kenny Loggins
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21 December 2014 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

Loved it! I just watched the Pilot episode today, after hearing Seth Rogen and James Franco mention it repeatedly during interviews :) Halfway into this Pilot episode, I already grasped the concept of the title 'Freaks & Geeks' and saw that Lindsay is the center of the show. Good writing too! The show captures the angst of one's teenage years well - a time of undergoing changes in our personality, which ultimately manifest via our external interaction and dynamics, as we face new situations sometimes seemingly beyond our coping :) Well made! Seth had sort of a John Travolta vibe back then (!) and great to see Jason Segel too! So glad to have this Judd Appatow brand of humour in Hollywood and see the Freaks & Geeks alumni doing well in cinema because they stayed true to themselves!

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