Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

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Paul Feig

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21 March 2000 | 11-ball
Best show about young people in a long time.
"Freaks and Geeks" is about as good of a television show as tv can be. I'm only two years out of high school, and although the show is set in 1980, it effectively captures the life of high schoolers. Nowadays, with this huge surge in teen movies and television, I feel that young people are misrepresented by television shows like Dawson's Creek and movies like "Varsity Blues." Simply put, beautiful people were rare at my high school. Nobody I ever knew engaged in sexual relations with a teacher as a freshman, and I was never approached by women wearing only whipped cream (and I was a three-year varsity athlete). My high school life exactly resembles what the kids in "Freaks and Geeks" do: talk about sci-fi movies, get high, feel alienated by my parents, had confusing talks with guidance counselors, etc. And these kids look like teens, with big glasses, young faces, and zits. From watching "Dawson's" or all the other teen movies out there (although some of those films are admitteldly entertaining I liked "She's All That" and "10 Things I Hate About You) one would glean that all teenagers are young Adonises. "Freaks and Geeks" thankfully corrects that error.

Most importantly though, "F&G" is a great show. Hopefully NBC finds an audience for this show. It is definitely different, slower paced, and doesn't play the latest hit music at full volume, but it IS clever, funny, and warm. It also deftfully balances comedy and drama, without ever being cloying, manipulative, or condescending to its audience. I hope this show stays around for a long time. If NBC drops it, please, some other network, give "Freaks and Geeks" it's very well-earned chance.

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Trivia

"Smooching and Mooching" (episode 16, aired July 8, 2000): While at the Weirs' house during quiet hour, Nick breaks the silence by blasting "Tom Sawyer" from Lindsay's room, claiming listening to music is his homework. After a brief conversation about screwing around, Mr. Weir says "That drummer you're listening to, he's terrible...Neil Peart couldn't drum his way out of a paper bag...you wanna hear drumming? I'll play you drumming...I grew up with Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich". (Ironically, Harold Weir is played by Joe Flaherty, SCTV's "Count Floyd" who introduced the song "The Weapon" on the concert video screen during the Signals and Grace Under Pressure tours, as well as on the single release).


Goofs

When Lindsay first enters the school in "Tricks and Treats", we see the same girl walking behind her, then walking towards her, then behind her again.


Alternate Versions

Some differences between the master copies of the show, and the versions that aired:

  • In the first episode, when we first meet the freaks, the background music playing is the song "You Really Got Me", instead of "Runnin' With the Devil".
  • Also in the first episode, there is a scene added in which Kim comes up to Sam, and jokingly asks him if he wants to kiss her. Sam stops, not sure what to say. Kim then pushes him away, saying "In your dreams, geek!" This scene occurs right before Lindsay asks Eli if he wants to go to the dance with her.
  • In the episode "Noshing and Moshing", the song that plays during the final montage is "Only Love Will Break Your Heart" instead of "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You".

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