Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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The Diary 

Lindsay's parents are convinced Kim is leading their daughter down a path toward drugs and sex, so they consider taking a peek in her diary. Meanwhile, Bill is tired of the same jocks ... See full summary »


Ken Olin


Paul Feig (created by), Rebecca Kirshner (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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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 (credit only)
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)
Ann Dowd ... Cookie Kelly
Sam McMurray ... Dr. Vic Schweiber
Chauncey Leopardi ... Alan White
Jerry Messing ... Gordon Crisp


Lindsay's parents are convinced Kim is leading their daughter down a path toward drugs and sex, so they consider taking a peek in her diary. Meanwhile, Bill is tired of the same jocks picking the teams during P.E., often leaving him picked last, so he makes prank calls to Coach Fredricks then confronts him directly. The adults may be the ones learning lessons from the students. Written by <>

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

31 January 2000 (USA) See more »

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| (17 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the guys are being picked for baseball teams, two girls are laughing at the last three guys to get picked. One the girls is holding a hurley, a stick used in the Irish game hurling, and not to be found on a US baseball field in the 1970s. See more »


Harold Weir: [holding up his thumb] This! The thumb! You think I don't know what that means? I know, Lindsay! It means, "Hey, stranger! Please lock me in your car, drive me to God knows where and murder me!"
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References Diff'rent Strokes (1978) See more »


Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins
Sung by Deetta West and Nelson Pigford
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And the Geeks shall inherit gym class
28 November 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Desperate to uncover what's going on in their daughter's life, the Weirs resort to pilfering Lindsay's diary. And it's mostly the acting here that makes this dramatic. But it's also one of those episodes in which the minor storyline is its best. As much as I love this show, I feel like it's around this point that things really deepen.

Bill's struggles with being accepted in phys ed are surprisingly relatable, and his breakdown in Coach Fredricks' office is easily the highlight. It reveals layers to Fredricks' character (gotta hand it to Tom Wilson )and really shows Bill as the heart of this show. His misery is a great source of humor and pathos, and it's why any given episode always brightens when he's around.

This is a great showcase for talent all around.


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