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Freaks and Geeks 

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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

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Top Rated TV #47 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Lindsay Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Sam Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Daniel Desario 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Neal Schweiber 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Ken Miller 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Nick Andopolis 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Bill Haverchuck 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Jean Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Harold Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Kim Kelly 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Jerome Elston Scott ...  Jermaine / ... 17 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Frank Kowchevski 12 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Jeff Rosso 11 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Millie Kentner 11 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Gordon Crisp 11 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Cindy Sanders 10 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Harris Trinsky 10 episodes, 1999-2000
...  Alan White 9 episodes, 1999-2000
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It's the 1980s and at McKinley High, there's two different groups of teenagers, the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario and tomboy Lindsay Weir and the Geeks with Lindsay's shy younger brother Sam, gentle Bill Haverchuck, and self-proclaimed ladies' man Neal Schweiber. The show chronicles the normal teen/adolescence problems any teenager goes through including acceptance, drugs, drinking, and bullying. Written by Corey Semple (Hairsprayer07)

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What high school was like for the rest of us [NBC tagline] See more »

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25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Busy Phillips was on the fence about playing Kim Kelly until Linda Cardelini convinced her, they both were fellow classmates at Loyola Marymount University and friends before working together on the show. See more »

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At the end of "Discos and Dragons" when Lindsay takes off with Kim and some Grateful Dead groupies, their VW bus turns the corner, and passes by a modern-day White Ford van. See more »

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Lindsay Weir: Dad is right - I'm part of this family.
Harold Weir: Hear that, Jean? I was right about something. Maybe we should take a picture of this moment.
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Referenced in TruInside: Heathers (2016) See more »

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Too exceptional to be allowed to remain on TV!
9 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a marvelously written and acted TV show. And, since TV is often a medium full of vacuous mind-numbing crap (reality TV, Jerry Springer, etc.), it's no wonder that this show bombed--it was just too good. It's really a shame, as I think the show would have appealed to people of all ages--kids as well as their parents.

The show centers on two siblings, their family and their friends. The oldest daughter is practically a genius and a nice girl, but she longs for so much more out of life than just good grades. So, she leaves her old friends and creates a new identity with the "freaks". Her younger brother is one of the most geeky kids you could imagine--except for his friends which are even worse. Nice kids, yes, but total geeks.

Each episode tended to focus on one or both of the teens and despite their differences, they both were basically decent kids. The parents, though pretty dorky (especially Joe Flaherty as DAD), were nice folks as well and you couldn't help but care about them all. AND, in spite of all I have mentioned, the show kept a nice sense of humor and was never saccharine! What a pity.


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