Freaks and Geeks

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  • TV-14
  • 1999
  • 1 Season
  • 8.8  (151,648)

Freaks and Geeks was a coming-of-age comedy-drama television series that aired on NBC for a single season from 1999 to 2000. The show followed the lives of several high school students in the suburbs of Detroit during the early 1980s. The show was created by Paul Feig, known for his work on Spy, The Heat, and Bridesmaids, and executive produced by Judd Apatow, who has produced several hit films including The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Trainwreck.

The show had an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, Busy Philipps, Sarah Hagan, Dave Allen, Ben Foster, Shaun Weiss, Steve Bannos, Thomas F. Wilson, Kayla Ewell, Natasha Melnick, Dave Allen, Jerry Messing, and Chauncey Leopardi.

The title of the show refers to the two main groups of characters - the 'Freaks' and the 'Geeks.' The Freaks were the cool kids, who were rebellious and often smoked weed and drank alcohol. The Geeks were the nerds, who were the outcasts and frequently bullied.

The show was highly praised for its realistic portrayal of high school life in the 1980s. It tackled serious issues such as peer pressure, drug use, dating and relationships, family problems, and finding one's identity in a world full of cliques and stereotypes.

Linda Cardellini played Lindsay Weir, a former 'Mathlete' who decides to join the Freaks after her grandmother's death causes her to question her life choices. John Francis Daley played Sam Weir, Lindsay's younger brother, who is a quintessential Geek and struggles to fit in at school. James Franco played Daniel Desario, the leader of the Freaks, who is more sensitive than he lets on. Samm Levine played Neal Schweiber, one of Sam's best friends, who struggles with his parents' failing marriage. Seth Rogen played Ken Miller, another of Sam's friends, who is obsessed with music and constantly tries to impress girls. Martin Starr played Bill Haverchuck, the third member of Sam's group, who is socially awkward and obsessed with science fiction.

The show was praised for its exceptional writing, which handled heavy subject matter with sensitivity and humor. The talented cast brought the characters to life with memorable performances that left a lasting impression on viewers. The show was also known for its excellent soundtrack, which featured some of the greatest hits of the 1980s.

Despite its critical acclaim, the show was canceled after just one season due to low ratings. However, it has since gained a cult following and is regarded as one of the greatest television shows of all time. Many of the actors went on to have successful careers in Hollywood, and the show's creators continued to work on other critically acclaimed projects.

In conclusion, Freaks and Geeks was a groundbreaking television show that paved the way for other coming-of-age dramas. It tackled serious issues with humor and sensitivity, and its outstanding cast and writing left a lasting impression on viewers. While the show may have been canceled too soon, its impact on popular culture cannot be denied, and it will always be remembered as a classic of the genre.

Freaks and Geeks is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 1999.

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Discos and Dragons
18. Discos and Dragons
July 8, 2000
Nick's friends are baffled after seeing him and his girlfriend in a disco dance contest. Daniel is banished to the audio/visual club with the geeks and finds out they are not so bad. Lindsay wins a two week stay at a University of Michigan academic seminar but would rather not go.
The Little Things
17. The Little Things
July 8, 2000
Lindsay uses her opportunity to ask Vice President George Bush a question as revenge for banning Mr. Rosso from attending. Sam breaks up with Cindy after finding out her true personality.
Smooching and Mooching
16. Smooching and Mooching
July 8, 2000
Nick moves in with the Weirs after his father sells his drum set. Sam gets invited to a make out party and Neal thinks he knows how to spin the bottle to land where he aims it.
Noshing and Moshing
15. Noshing and Moshing
October 17, 2000
The Weirs attend the Sweibers' annual dinner party where Neal rebels against his father and turns his attention to ventriloquism. Kim breaks up with Daniel, who tries to become a punk rocker.
Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers
14. Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers
October 10, 2000
Lindsay tries to convince her dad to let her attend the Who's concert. Bill's mother shocks him with the news she is dating Mr. Fredricks, which causes him to rebel in gym class. Kim feels horrible after running over Millie's dog.
Chokin' and Tokin'
13. Chokin' and Tokin'
March 20, 2000
Alan places a peanut on highly allergic Bill's sandwich causing him to have a severe reaction. Lindsay asks for Millie's help after she forgets about a babysitting job and has tried smoking pot.
The Garage Door (a.k.a. Tries and Lies)
12. The Garage Door (a.k.a. Tries and Lies)
March 13, 2000
Sam finds out that Neal's father is having an affair. Ken falls for a tuba player in the school band.
Looks and Books
11. Looks and Books
February 7, 2000
Lindsay is distraught after she and her friends steal her families car and then have an accident. She rejoins the mathletes at the expense of a friend. Sam wants to change his image with a new hairstyle and cool clothes.
The Diary
10. The Diary
January 31, 2000
After getting caught hitchhiking, the Weir's decide to read Lindsay's diary to see what else she's doing. Bill makes a crank phone call to Mr. Fredricks and also voices his frustration of always being picked last for teams in gym class.
We've Got Spirit
9. We've Got Spirit
January 24, 2000
Lindsay wants to break up with Nick because of his constant pot smoking. Sam tries out as the replacement for the injured school mascot to get closer to Cindy.
Girlfriends and Boyfriends
8. Girlfriends and Boyfriends
January 17, 2000
Lindsay fears Nick is getting too serious about her. Sam is upset after Bill is named Cindy's lab partner and joins the yearbook club to get to spend more time with her.
Carded and Discarded
7. Carded and Discarded
January 10, 2000
Sam and his friends befriend a new girl in school. Lindsay and the gang decide to get fake I.D.'s so they can get into a bar to hear a hot band.
I'm With the Band
6. I'm With the Band
November 13, 1999
After Nick's father threatens him that he will be enlisting in the Army if her doesn't maintain a C average, Lindsay suggests he try out for a well known band looking for a drummer. Sam feels mortified after finding out he will have to shower after gym class.
Tests and Breasts
5. Tests and Breasts
November 6, 1999
Lindsay helps tutor Daniel for a test. Sam and his friends feel confused over their sex education class and watch a porno film to "learn the facts."
Kim Kelly is My Friend
4. Kim Kelly is My Friend
May 30, 2000
Sam has a new bully to worry about, and this ones a female. Kim invites Lindsay to dinner to prove to her mom that her friends are smart and nice.
Tricks and Treats
3. Tricks and Treats
October 30, 1999
Halloween finds Sam going trick-or-treating while Lindsay and her friends go around the neighborhood causing trouble. Jean is disappointed that Lindsay no longer gets excited over the holiday.
Beers and Weirs
2. Beers and Weirs
October 2, 1999
While the parents are away, Lindsey decides to hold a kegger at her home. Sam gets his friends to help him switch the keg to a non-alcoholic beer.
Pilot
1. Pilot
September 25, 1999
Lindsay quits the academic mathlete team and begins hanging around with a new crowd. She also tries to stop the teasing of a mentally challenged student. Sam ponders asking cheerleader Cindy Sanders to the homecoming dance while trying to handle a bully teasing him.
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Freaks and Geeks is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Freaks and Geeks on demand at Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 25, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (151,648)