Freaks and Geeks: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)


Season 1
Freaks and Geeks

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Freaks and Geeks lampoons real-life adolescence while affectionately embracing every growing pain along the way with refreshing honesty.

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Air date: Sep 25, 1999

Lindsay is drawn away from her friends and begins to pal around with "rebels" at school; an obsessive bully targets Sam.

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Air date: Oct 2, 1999

Things get out of control when people crash Lindsay's weekend beer party; Lindsay spies Daniel cavorting with Kim.

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Air date: Oct 30, 1999

Sam wants one last Halloween begging for candy before he and his friends are too old, though Lindsay and her friends take a different approach and begin wreaking havoc.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2000

Sam is accused of destroying school property; Kim and Lindsay corroborate stories to hide rebellious behavior.

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Air date: Nov 6, 1999

Lindsay inadvertently gets involved in a cheating scandal when Daniel steals a copy of a final exam; Sam, Neal and Bill turn to a stag film to learn more about women.

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Air date: Nov 13, 1999

Lindsay prompts Nick to leave his band, but he discovers his musical talents aren't as good as he thinks; Sam copes with showering in gym class.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2000

The pretty new girl at school befriends Sam and the geeks, but things change when she starts talking to the popular kids; Lindsay and Nick decide to get fake ID cards.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2000

Disappointed Sam begins to realize that Cindy considers him nothing more than a friend; Lindsay and Nick's romance begins to heat up.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2000

Sam (John Daley) takes on the role of football team mascot to get closer to cheerleader Cindy Sanders (guest star Natasha Melnick); Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) feels Nick (Jason Segal) is too needy and wants to call it quits. Riley Smith also guest stars.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2000

Jean and Harold decide to read Lindsay's diary after she is caught hitchhiking; Bill and the geeks rule gym class.

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Cast & Crew

Linda Cardellini
Lindsay Weir

Actor
John Francis Daley
Sam Weir

Actor
James Franco
Daniel Desario

Actor
Samm Levine
Neal Schweiber

Actor
Seth Rogen
Ken Miller

Actor
Jason Segel
Nick Andopolis

Actor
Martin Starr
Bill Haverchuck

Actor
Becky Ann Baker
Jean Weir

Actor
Joe Flaherty
Harold Weir

Actor
Busy Philipps
Kim Kelly

Guest Star
Dave Allen
Jeff Rosso

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Chauncey Leopardi
Alan White

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Shaun Weiss
Sean

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Tom Wilson
Coach Ben Fredricks

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Natasha Melnick
Cindy Sanders

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Sam McMurray
Dr. Vic Schweiber

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Steve Bannos
Frank Kowchevski

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Sarah Hagan
Millie Kentner

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Stephen Lea Sheppard
Harris Trinsky

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher
Vicki Appleby

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Judd Apatow
Executive Producer
Paul Feig
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Critic Reviews for Freaks and Geeks: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Freaks and Geeks: Season 1

  • Feb 14, 2022
    This is the best TV show I have seen in my life. Full review might be coming soon.
  • Sep 04, 2021
    Greatest season of any TV show of all time
  • May 20, 2021
    With all the talent here, to me Martin Star's Bill is the standout in this show. I knew a "Bill" you knew a "Bill" we've all known a "Bill" There only one disappointment with this and it's huge......that we didn't get more. The prospect of what could have been is heartbreaking. However....if the show had been a success the careers of people like James Franco and Seth Rogen may have turned out very different. The show is so good I can't really say anything other than WATCH IT. Linda Cardinelli would be a star now if the show had continued.
  • Feb 12, 2021
    Perhaps the most endearing, well-aged, and paramount tv series to be cancelled after only one season, Freaks and Geeks truly is more a sensation to watch than ever. Despite its setting in the early 80's and related soundtrack (featuring the likes of The Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, and others), Freaks and Geeks' material pertaining to the high school experience is universal for any age group, especially as it has such an understanding of the social dichotomies. Yes, the teenage characters are essentially divided into two groups, but the rendering of these so-called "freaks and geeks" is anything but stereotypical, and while extraordinarily funny, the show never falters in terms of realism or sensitivity. There's plenty of drama to be had here, with the writers delving into serious subjects that still aren't regularly addressed on U.S. television, and the show also handles the realities of sex and drugs amongst American youth while keeping it modest enough to appease the FCC, but never do the tactics feel like sugarcoating. Watching Freaks and Geeks now, the series cast essentially reads as a who's-who of today's comedy A-listers, and not just of the main cast (which of course includes Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and James Franco), but numerous cameos throughout the show as well (which includes Liz Caplan, Rashida Jones, and Shia LaBeouf), and the show undeniably had some of the best child acting to ever grace the small screen. It's sickening to think that any station could abruptly cancel a tv series as special as this one, but we can all be thankful that everyone involved went on to have such flourishing careers. Still, even amongst masterstrokes like Bridesmaids, and Superbad, it's still logical to feel that Freaks and Geeks really was the best entry in the entire Apatow library, and now that it's streaming on Hulu (yes, with all the copyrighted music in tact!) it's the perfect time to watch and rewatch this gem.
  • Jan 26, 2021
    I graduated high school in 1984, which makes me exactly Sam's age in the show. The walk down memory lane is fun, but what makes this show great — even rewatching it now 20 years later — is how real it is. And to paraphrase Francis Ford Coppola, it's not just a TV show about high school, it IS high school. The emotions, the various versions of awkwardness they ALL go through, the stupid social situations we're all forced to endure at that age — they felt, and still feel, spot on. Add to that the fact that so many cast and crew have gone on to be major forces in Hollywood, and it's just a joy to watch this lovely little show. (I've now shared the first two episodes with my wife, and she said "It's a shame they couldn't have kept this series going!")
  • Dec 08, 2020
    This series hit deep on all the nostalgia and growing pains I've experienced and all that I haven't. It made itself fully relatable even for all the people that related to nothing in it. But, man, I related to a lot of this, which often made it hard to watch. This was such a fantastic show and it's so, so deeply saddening that there will never be any more of it. What a perfect cast, too. This show made me love Linda Cardellini.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    I didn't understand why this show is as popular as it is at first but it really stepped up its game in the second part of the season. The characters are layered, their relationships unexpected and complex and they tackle some really important issues. It's still quite 90s in a lot of ways - storytelling, directing style, subject matter, pace - but I do get it now.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    All around great show and future stars in their budding.
  • Jul 06, 2020
    I'll never understand why this show was never renewed, it was amazingly pee your pants funny. It would be nice if they tried a remake of the show
  • Mar 05, 2020
    Best high school show in the history

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