Freaks and Geeks: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (25 Sep. 1999)

TV Episode  -   -  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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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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During the credits before while Seth Rogen is sitting on the stool you can see Jason Segel in the background rubbing his eyes to give the impression he was high. See more »

Goofs

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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Nick Andopolis: Look, these teachers...these teachers want us to work, you know? And I say fine...I'll work. But you gotta let me do the kind of work that I wanna do. And for me, Lindsay, it's my- it's my drum kit, man. This my passion, you know? This is- this is the essence of who I am now. But before I had this, I was lost too. You see what I'm saying? You need to find...your reason for- for living, man. You've got to find, your big, just gigantic drum kit, you know?
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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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