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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 #59 | 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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Happiness is a warm audiovisual machine. 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 and Geeks See more »

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Budget:

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

Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Samm Levine (Neal) and Martin Starr (Bill) had a feud on set, and were later known to get into a few arguments throughout filming. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the opening credits, a yearbook shows Nick, Lindsay, and Sam's pictures listed in a row. However, Nick's last name is Andopolis, and Lindsay and Sam's last name is Weir, meaning they would have been in opposite ends of the yearbook. Also, Lindsay and Sam would not be placed near each other, as they are in different grades (she is a junior and he is a freshman). 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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Best show about young people in a long time.
21 March 2000 | by 11-ballSee all my reviews

"Freaks and Geeks" is about as good of a television show as tv can be. I'm only two years out of high school, and although the show is set in 1980, it effectively captures the life of high schoolers. Nowadays, with this huge surge in teen movies and television, I feel that young people are misrepresented by television shows like Dawson's Creek and movies like "Varsity Blues." Simply put, beautiful people were rare at my high school. Nobody I ever knew engaged in sexual relations with a teacher as a freshman, and I was never approached by women wearing only whipped cream (and I was a three-year varsity athlete). My high school life exactly resembles what the kids in "Freaks and Geeks" do: talk about sci-fi movies, get high, feel alienated by my parents, had confusing talks with guidance counselors, etc. And these kids look like teens, with big glasses, young faces, and zits. From watching "Dawson's" or all the other teen movies out there (although some of those films are admitteldly entertaining I liked "She's All That" and "10 Things I Hate About You) one would glean that all teenagers are young Adonises. "Freaks and Geeks" thankfully corrects that error.

Most importantly though, "F&G" is a great show. Hopefully NBC finds an audience for this show. It is definitely different, slower paced, and doesn't play the latest hit music at full volume, but it IS clever, funny, and warm. It also deftfully balances comedy and drama, without ever being cloying, manipulative, or condescending to its audience. I hope this show stays around for a long time. If NBC drops it, please, some other network, give "Freaks and Geeks" it's very well-earned chance.


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