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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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Paul Feig
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Top Rated TV #51 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Linda Cardellini ...  Lindsay Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
John Francis Daley ...  Sam Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
James Franco ...  Daniel Desario 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Samm Levine ...  Neal Schweiber 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Seth Rogen ...  Ken Miller 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Jason Segel ...  Nick Andopolis 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Martin Starr ...  Bill Haverchuck 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Becky Ann Baker ...  Jean Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Joe Flaherty ...  Harold Weir 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Busy Philipps ...  Kim Kelly 18 episodes, 1999-2000
Jerome Elston Scott Jerome Elston Scott ...  Jermaine / ... 17 episodes, 1999-2000
Steve Bannos ...  Frank Kowchevski 12 episodes, 1999-2000
Dave Allen ...  Jeff Rosso 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Sarah Hagan ...  Millie Kentner 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Jerry Messing ...  Gordon Crisp 11 episodes, 1999-2000
Natasha Melnick ...  Cindy Sanders 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Stephen Lea Sheppard ...  Harris Trinsky 10 episodes, 1999-2000
Chauncey Leopardi ...  Alan White 9 episodes, 1999-2000
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Everything you remember from high school... that you choose to forget. [Fox Family tagline] See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freaks & Geeks See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Judd Apatow said in an interview, that he would've wanted Cindy Sanders and Sam Weir being mortal enemies in season two. Running against each other for student body President, and others. See more »

Goofs

When various characters enter the liquor store throughout the show, advertisements for Zima (a malt based alcoholic drink) and SoBe (an energy drink) are visible in the background. Both of these are quintessential late 90's brands and would not have been available in 1980. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some differences between the master copies of the show, and the versions that aired:
  • In the first episode, when we first meet the freaks, the background music playing is the song "You Really Got Me", instead of "Runnin' With the Devil".
  • Also in the first episode, there is a scene added in which Kim comes up to Sam, and jokingly asks him if he wants to kiss her. Sam stops, not sure what to say. Kim then pushes him away, saying "In your dreams, geek!" This scene occurs right before Lindsay asks Eli if he wants to go to the dance with her.
  • In the episode "Noshing and Moshing", the song that plays during the final montage is "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" instead of "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".
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Too exceptional to be allowed to remain on TV!
9 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee 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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