Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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Pilot 

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

Director:

Jake Kasdan

Writers:

Paul Feig (created by), Paul Feig
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Cardellini ... Lindsay Weir
John Francis Daley ... Sam Weir
James Franco ... Daniel Desario
Samm Levine ... Neal Schweiber
Seth Rogen ... Ken Miller
Jason Segel ... Nick Andopolis
Martin Starr ... Bill Haverchuck
Becky Ann Baker ... Jean Weir
Joe Flaherty ... Harold Weir
Dave Allen ... Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Ben Foster ... Eli
Chauncey Leopardi ... Alan White
Thomas F. Wilson ... Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
Steve Bannos ... Frank Kowchevski
Brianna Brown ... The Cheerleader
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1 Episode)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This episode takes place in September 1980. See more »

Goofs

In the pilot, the geeks are shown playing basketball in a gym with very distinctive wood paneling. From episode 2 onward, the school gym no longer has wood paneling. See more »

Quotes

Alan White: [taunting Sam Weir] I've never fought a *girl* before.
Lindsay Weir: [from behind him] I'm a girl. You wanna fight me?
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Connections

References Caddyshack (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Renegade
Written by Tommy Shaw
Performed by Styx
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"Man, I hate high school"
12 October 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Pretty much everything there is to love about "Freaks and Geeks" is right here in the pilot. The production design, the cast, the soundtrack, all working in harmony. But it's not the focus on 1980 that brings you back every week, it's the characters, all somehow relatable and well-drawn. And not many TV shows are this welcoming . . . or tremendously rewarding.

A textbook no-lose situation.

8/10


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