Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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Pilot 

A group of high school students in 1980 face 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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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lindsay Weir
... Sam Weir
... Daniel Desario
... Neal Schweiber
... Ken Miller
... Nick Andopolis
... Bill Haverchuck
... Jean Weir
... Harold Weir
... Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
... Eli
... Alan White
... Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
... Frank Kowchevski
... 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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Comedy | Drama

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25 September 1999 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Renegade
Written by Tommy Shaw
Performed by Styx
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"Man, I hate high school"
12 October 2017 | by See 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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