Freaks and Geeks

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Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks-Logo.jpg
Premiere September 25, 1999
Finale July 8, 2000
Creator Paul Feig
Network NBC
Style 60-minute drama / comedy
Company Apatow Productions,
DreamWorks Television
Seasons 1
Episodes 18
(List of episodes)
Origin USA

Freaks and Geeks was a short-lived drama / comedy about two different groups of high school students, the "Freaks" and the "Geeks," in the early 1980s. Although critically acclaimed, the show lasted for only one 18 episode season due to low ratings. Despite its short lifespan, Freaks and Geeks gained a strong cult following while it was on the air. It is notable for being distinctly atypical for its genre, eschewing a focus on popular and attractive students and focusing instead on less glamorous misfits and outcasts.

The show revolves around two siblings, Lindsay and Sam Weir, a high school sophomore and a freshman respectively. Lindsay is disillusioned with life and starts veering away from her safe and successful path at school by hanging out with a group of underachievers, the "Freaks". Sam is just starting out at high school and is desperate to fit in, but his image as one of the "Geeks" is a constant hindrance.

Freaks and Geeks chronicles the adventures and misadventures of these two groups using a blend of hilarious comedy and moving drama while always remaining firmly grounded in reality. Although set in the early 1980s, the themes of the show are timelessly relevant. It features a uniformly excellent cast who look and act their parts perfectly, and incorporates locations, production design, and music that firmly establish the period atmosphere of the show.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character
Main Cast
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
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Busy Philipps Kim Kelly
Dave "Gruber" Allen Jeff Rosso
Tom Wilson Coach Ben Fredricks
Steve Bannos Mr. Kowchevski
Chauncey Leopardi Alan White
Stephen Lee Sheppard Harris Trinsky
Sarah Hagan Millie Kentner
Natasha Melnick Cindy Sanders
Jerry Messing Gordon Crisp
Joanna Garcia Vicki Appleby

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 25, 1999 July 8, 2000 18

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series April 6, 2004 6

purchase

Yearbook Edition November 25, 2008 8

purchase

Soundtrack Information

Title Release Date #
Original Soundtrack and Score October 10, 2000 25 purchase

External Links