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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.

Creator:

Paul Feig
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2000   1999  
Top Rated TV #58 | 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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Trivia

The running gag of Neal's last name, Schweiber, being mispronounced, stemmed from an accidental mispronunciation during rehearsal. See more »

Goofs

The Allan White character has a modern-skin head haircut. This would be the correct haircut if he were a punk rock fan but he's portrayed as a wimpy bully who's been abused by his father. Boys of the time had the long-feathered hairstyle. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the DVD release, some music differs from the masters, revealing the creators' true intentions for what music they wanted to use in the show:
  • In the first episode, when we first meet the freaks, the music is the aired version's "Runnin' With the Devil".
  • In the episode "Noshing and Moshing", the song that plays during the final montage is also the aired version's "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".
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Excellent acting, great music and good storylines.
15 July 2000 | by llihillohSee all my reviews

Why is it that all the best teen shows get cancelled way before their time? Maybe because the show is set in the 80's (where teenagers won't relate to some of the stuff back then). Or maybe because people don't look for smart acting anymore. Even if you were born after all that hippie - disco stuff, you should still be able to enjoy the show.

Personally, I don't think the show stood a chance. First, it was hardly advertised by NBC. Second, it was placed on a Saturday night. And third, it was taken off the air for a month or so and then brought back. You couldn't have any worse luck. Then when it came back on the air, they only showed a couple of episodes and decided to cancel it for good.

To sum it up - it was a good little show with terrific acting, excellent music, good clothes, great storylines, and a hell of a good try to stay on the air. Unfortunately, it didn't even survive one season. All I know is that I loved it and thank goodness I recorded most of the episodes.

Anybody who missed this show, you lost a chance to see what real television is about.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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