Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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We've Got Spirit 

Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks... See full summary »

Director:

Danny Leiner

Writers:

Paul Feig (created by), Mike White
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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
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Thomas F. Wilson ... Coach Ben Fredricks (as Tom Wilson)
Natasha Melnick ... Cindy Sanders
Jarrett Lennon Jarrett Lennon ... Colin
Riley Smith ... Todd Schellinger
JoAnna Garcia Swisher ... Vicki Appleby (as Joanna Garcia)
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Storyline

Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the rival school, Lincoln High. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick. Written by YazzyJ

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (17 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When the cast reunited at PaleyFest 2011, Busy Philipps revealed that James Franco was told, unbeknown to her and the episode's director Danny Leiner, that his character, Daniel, had been abused by his father and therefore had intimacy issues. When it came to shooting a scene where the characters get hit by water balloons, run after a car and Philipps' character gives Daniel a smack on the arm and says 'Dammit, Daniel, do something', Franco, much to everyone's surprise, reacted much harder than anyone expected him to and responded back by saying 'Don't you fucking ever touch me' and then grabbed Philipps arms and threw her to the ground. See more »

Goofs

The guy inside the mascot looks through the mascot's mouth, not through the eyes. See more »

Quotes

Jean Weir: [to Lindsay, about Nick] What are you going to tell him?
Lindsay Weir: I don't know, Mom!
Harold Weir: I know what to tell him - tell him he's a grease bucket and you deserve better.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Yourself Alive
(uncredited)
Written by Brian May
Performed by Queen
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5 May 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Freaks And Geeks

Feig's everlasting comic classic is a tour de force of art when it comes to set an example of cutting through the dogmatic commercial views. The passionate bulletproof love of Paul Feig, the creator, for the 80s is a profound poetry that is visible in his keen eye on the details of the conversations. From references that SHOULD come in handy to the complete makeover in their vocab that shines light on the journey that warps us back a couple of decades ago, Judd Apatow and Feig has created an ultimate teenage treasure where each cast is so invested and reflective in their performance that they have managed to make it big easily in their later days.

But despite of having such an absorbing performance from the cast members, even the younger cast that shows you the range which is not usually something you get to see, I would once again jump back to Feig's smoothness in his flaws. And he does have it, and it seems like he too knows it and embraces it in a way that the storytelling grows friction less and pulls out a much more meaningful and powerful note that it outweighs the flaws or distractions on the script.

This depiction of rebellious teenager and the lost-warrior-alike parents of theirs, in a rapidly evolving era has honesty in balancing the world- even the elders or teachers are humane, just as James Franco says once, "These old people also have bad people among them." Take the parents, for instance, each of our teenager hosts have some baggage in their house and as the series ages, the perspective changes and the three dimensional characters finally reveals and accepts all the sides of themselves, where you then, exhale victoriously as Feig explains or more correctly metaphorically notions the very existence or origin of these Freaks And Geeks that we all root for.

We've Got Spirit

The results are in, and it's a winner, but before, it takes a lot of strain from the viewers and with a sweat inducing work just like those cheerleaders, at the end, fortunately it is genuinely funny than it ever is dramatic.


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