8.6
4,501 votes
Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

NBC 1999

Two unique groups of teenagers deal with life in high school during the 1980s. Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts, the "freaks," while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends, the "geeks."

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The 10 Best Episodes of Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks - S1E18

#1 - Noshing and Moshing

8.30

Season 1 - Episode 18

Neal wrestles with the dilemma of whether to tell his mother about his father’s affair. Lindsay is given detention after coming to the aid of a girl being attacked by a boy. Daniel deals with pressures at home and with Kim. He escapes from his problems through punk music.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 324 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E17

#2 - Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers

8.17

Season 1 - Episode 17

Lindsay tries to convince Harold to let her join her friends at a Who concert. Kim and Lindsay accidentally run over Millie’s dog. Kim starts hanging out with Millie. Lindsay wants to tell Millie the truth about her dog, but Kim doesn’t. Meanwhile, Nick teaches himself to play guitar and writes a love ballad for Lindsay and decides to play it for her despite Kens’ objections. Ms. Haverchuck stuns Bill with the news that she has been dating Coach Fredricks.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 313 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E16

#3 - Kim Kelly Is My Friend

8.17

Season 1 - Episode 16

Kim invites Lindsay to dinner, explaining that she needs to introduce a nice friend to her parents so that they stop hassling her to sell her car. After Lindsay realizes what an abusive home Kim lives in, the two flee the scene in Kim’s car. Sam struggles with a bully who is Kim’s friend.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 320 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E13

#4 - Smooching and Mooching

8.15

Season 1 - Episode 13

After fighting with his father, Nick moves out and to Lindsay’s surprise begins staying with the Weir’s. Cindy tells Bill that she has a crush on Sam. She asks Bill to convince Sam to invite her to a party.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 343 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E11

#5 - The Garage Door

8.07

Season 1 - Episode 11

Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school’s marching band and Lindsay helps set them up.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 337 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E15

#6 - Discos and Dragons

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 15

Daniel is sentenced to audio/visual class as punishment for attempting to pull the fire alarm to get out of taking a test. Lindsay is accepted to a two-week academic summit. Nick has a new girlfriend and takes up disco dancing.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 330 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E14

#7 - The Little Things

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 14

Sam discovers that life as Cindy’s boyfriend is not nearly as exciting as he had imagined. Ken’s girlfriend, Amy, confesses a shocking secret, putting Ken in an awkward situation. Lindsay struggles with asking Vice President George Bush a question during an assembly.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 324 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E5

#8 - I'm With the Band

7.91

Season 1 - Episode 5

Lindsay encourages Nick to pursue a career in music. Nick continues to practice with his current band, but quickly decides he’s better than them. Lindsay encourages Nick to audition for a bigger local band. When things don’t go well in the audition, Lindsay is there to comfort Nick. After learning they have to shower in gym class, Sam, Bill, and Neal refuse to do it.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 415 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E12

#9 - Chokin' and Tokin'

7.89

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Bill talks about being allergic to peanuts in class, Alan tries to prove he’s lying but Bill ends up in the hospital after an allergic reaction. Lindsay smokes weed for the first time.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 348 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E7

#10 - Girlfriends and Boyfriends

7.88

Season 1 - Episode 7

Lindsay reluctantly agrees to come over to Nick’s house while his parents are out of town. Sam hopes to become lab partners with Cindy, but becomes jealous when Bill is named Cindy’s lab partner.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 387 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E4
#11 - Tests and Breasts
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 4

Lindsay tries to tutor Daniel in algebra, but the situation seems hopeless. He steals a test from the teacher’s office and asks Lindsay to help him fill in the answers. Mr. Kowchevski, suspicious of Daniel’s surprisingly high grade, accuses the duo of cheating. Sam, Neal and Bill begin sex education class. They feel overwhelmed by the subject, so Daniel loans Sam a porno flick in a misguided attempt to help them.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 457 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E1
#12 - Pilot
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 1

Lindsay’s family and friends fear the worst when she quits the academic decathlon team and begins hanging around with a new crowd. A new friend tries to help her find her way. Meanwhile, Sam ponders asking cheerleader Cindy Sanders to the homecoming dance, while trying to cope with persistent teasing and torture at the hands of a savage bully.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 773 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E10
#13 - Looks and Books
7.83
Season 1 - Episode 10

A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her “freak” friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern hair style in the hopes of impressing Cindy. When this fails, he seeks out a new wardrobe.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 343 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E2
#14 - Beers and Weirs
7.82
Season 1 - Episode 2

Lindsay’s friends learn that her parents are going away for the weekend and suggest having a kegger. Sam and Neal become worried after a school assembly focusing on alcohol-related deaths and they decide to switch the real beer with non-alcoholic beer. Daniel and Kim get back together and despite the lack of alcohol, the party quickly gets out of hand.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 576 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E9
#15 - The Diary
7.81
Season 1 - Episode 9

Lindsay’s parents forbid her from hanging out with Kim, as they see her as a bad influence. Bill grows tired of being picked last for teams for baseball in P.E. class, and not being allowed to really participate.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 340 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E8
#16 - We've Got Spirit
7.79
Season 1 - Episode 8

Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team’s most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the rival school, Lincoln High. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 364 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E6
#17 - Carded and Discarded
7.74
Season 1 - Episode 6

Sam, Neal, and Bill befriend a pretty new transfer student, but soon fear of losing her to the popular crowd and try to win her over with a series of fun things they plan for her. Lindsay, Nick, Daniel, and Ken decide to get fake IDs so they can see a hot local band perform at a bar. However, after they go through the trouble of getting their IDs and getting into the bar, the group is stunned to find out who the hot local bands lead singer is.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 394 votes.

Freaks and Geeks - S1E3
#18 - Tricks and Treats
7.69
Season 1 - Episode 3

Lindsay agrees to stay home and hand out candy with her mom on Halloween night. However, when she gets an invite to go cruise around town with Nick, Daniel, and Kim she ditches her mom. Sam, Bill, Neal, and Harris go trick or treating. Lindsay and the gang go on a vandalism spree that starts with smashing pumpkins and ends abruptly after Lindsay accidentally pelts Sam with an egg.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Freaks and Geeks from 497 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 2021

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I'm sure most people reading this page wish the show wasn't cancelled. Here is an article from Vanity Fair that talks with Paul Feig about what would have happened with the characters next. Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) Paul Feig: I always figured something bad was gong to happen to Lindsay when she was out with the Dead. [The series ended with her ditching a summer-school program to follow the Grateful Dead with Kim Kelly.] I was hoping the second season would open with her being taken out of a concert on a stretcher while Queen’s “Tie Your Mother down” plays. That’s all I had. But I thought it would be interesting—she comes back, has completely lost the trust of her family; so she’s in even deeper having been really been outed as a problem. But there wasn’t a strong direction I had for her; I just knew she’d probably end up at some point in her twenties in Greenwich Village as a performance artist, and after that she’d probably become a lawyer—a human-rights lawyer. Sam Weir (John Francis Daley) Sam’s future was going to be drama club. Because that was my experience in school: I got deep into drama club. That was the storyline I was most excited about, because I was going to portray what actually happened to me. I thought he’d be more on the stage crew than actually performing, just because that was kind of interesting, the guys that were keeping it together from behind the scenes. But my drama teacher, who was one of the biggest influences on my life creatively, was an alcoholic, and over the course of my sophomore through senior year, she got worse and worse and started depending on me. I’d get called away from class under the guise of an emergency, and it would be her on the phone saying, “You’ve got to come pick me up. I left my car at the bar last night.” So I was really excited to get that going, this weird kind of taking-care-of-an-adult relationship, while he’s still learning amazing stuff from her, this tortured drama-teacher soul. That bummed me out the most, not getting to play that story out. Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) Another burning desire I had was to get Neal into swing choir. Now Glee has taken it and run with it, but I always thought that would be a funny world for Neal to go into. There’s a weird little clique, and you have all these inside jokes, and all these kind of obnoxious performance things you bond with people over—I just thought he would really blossom in there and think he was kind of the king of the school. We figured it could be his outlet while his parents are going through a really horrible divorce. Since Judd had gone through that in his real life, that was kind of going to be his domain—telling all his tales from adolescence through that. Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr) With his mom dating Coach Fredricks, Judd and I liked the idea of Bill slowly becoming a jock—that he turned out to be good at basketball and started to get into it, so that he was getting pulled a little more over to the jock side. Which would create an odd little rift with him and the other geeks. Because Martin is quite athletic in real life, and we were like, “Oh, let’s maybe play that out for him.” He works out a lot, Martin does, and at the beginning of the show he would come in with these giant biceps—we had to make him stop doing that. Daniel Desario (James Franco) Daniel’s such a drifter. I always liked the idea that eventually Daniel would probably end up in jail. [Laughs.] We were kind of, you know, taking him in this different direction. I wasn’t quite sure where that was going to lead. I knew it couldn’t stay in that world. I always liked the idea of: you go away for the summer and you come back and everybody’s kind of in a different place. But it’s hard to say with him; I think he had too many things pulling him in different directions. Having lost Kim, there would be a weirdness between them. But I wasn’t quite sure yet. Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps) I wanted Kim Kelly to be pregnant, but it wasn’t necessarily going to be Daniel’s. I thought this actually happened when she was out on the road with Lindsay following the Dead—that she shacked up with some guy, whether she was high at the moment or whatever, and comes back pregnant. That was another burning desire of mine, because when we were in high school there’d always be a girl or two who were pregnant, and it was so mind blowing. I thought it would be interesting with Daniel kind of around, and it’s not his, and it’s weird—and would he step up, since she doesn’t really know who the dad is, or isn’t really in contact with him? So maybe it was a chance for Daniel to become a young teen father—see what could have happened if we had a second season? And Kim and Lindsay—that would become a true friendship. Obviously they would have to have some back and forth and falling apart, but I like the girl power they had at the end of the last episode—they had both come through the fire in different ways and really bonded hardcore. Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel) I liked how we were kind of moving Nick towards having to go into the army, because of his badass dad. ’Cause that was a real option for so many people in my school—but he would be desperately trying to avoid it. But I was never quite clear exactly what direction we were going to go with Nick. Ken Miller (Seth Rogen) There was a guy I knew in school who was kind of Ken-like and he moved away to Hawaii; we were told he moved there just so he could smoke pot. I don’t know if that was the direction Ken was going to go. I always liked that we had set up that he had rich parents. But Ken’s such an enigma. I think he’s the guy that just kind of hangs around town. My instinct is we would have had the most fun searching for what his life would be. We liked to surprise people with Ken’s character—what was the thing you’d least expect he would do, or place he’d come from? I can completely see us loading him up with a lot of weird shit. I was sad we never got to show his parents, and God only knows whom we would have had him dating. I can definitely see a scenario where Lindsay would have tried dating Ken—that would be really funny. High-school romances are so flash-in-the-pan; there’s that awkwardness of having your ex walking around the school. Or, in my case, girls who turned me down but I had the awkwardness of them knowing I was into them and they had no interest in me. Millie Kentner (Sarah Hagan) We had actually thought about trying to turn Millie into a burnout at some point—“What? You’re what?” It would have been really fun to twist where she was going. I love changing people’s alliances. Because no one knows who they are or what they’re doing—basically they’re trying on different hats, different masks, if you will. Cindy Sanders (Natasha Melnick) We ended with Cindy as such a hardcore Republican. I liked her being a weird nemesis for Sam—I would have loved seeing them run against each other for student-council president. There’s nothing funnier to me than when the person you were in love with suddenly becomes this monster. You can’t figure out why you liked them. I think we would have had a lot of fun with Cindy. Full article at http://www.vanityfair.com/online/oscars/2012/12/paul-feig-season-two-freaks-and-geeks

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"Freaks and Geeks" has always been billed as a cult series and I had to find out why. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, JoAnna Garcia, busy Philipps, John Francis Daley, and even appearances from Ben Foster and Shia LaBoeuf? All the names we now know as grown-up stars, they started there, with Freaks and Geeks. High expectations in mind, Freaks and Geeks delivers. The reality of the highschool life and the teenage stage are depicted in such intricate and intimate details with the freaks, the geeks, the nerds, the jocks, the bullies, the parents, the teachers, and all the rebellion, the lies, the problems and the solutions that result from that. I was 14 in 1999 when the show aired, and let me tell you, I wish I can go back and tell teenage-me to watch it then. So many questions, internal struggles, issues, so many things would have been different, maybe easier to comprehend. Oh well, I get to rejoice and see this now, as an adult, and have intimate glimpses into my past, into things I had forgotten or got out of touch with. All I know is, I will make my kids watch this when they are 12.

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Serie de culto, sin lugar a dudas!

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This is honestly such a fucking amazing tv show! If only there were more television series like these ones that more people like me could relate to. I have related so much with Lindsay. I struggled with my identity for years and I still do. I still feel like I do not fit in with most people at my school. However, like Lindsay, I tried and I pushed myself to hanging out with the crowd that I knew I would have fun with. Lindsay said her friends didn't exactly drive her or inspire her to do anything, and that is how I feel with my current group honestly. I like to think they do, however, it is mostly just the similar interests we have that bring us together. For Lindsay, it was music, and I honestly believe that there's not enough shows that us individuals who enjoy rock music can relate to. Thank god for Freaks and Geeks because without it, I'd feel so unconnected. There are literally very minimal amount of tv shows like Freaks and Geeks. I can think of My So-Called Life, That '70s Show, maybe Skins?, maybe Dawson's Creek? That is it though. If any of you reading this have any other recommendations, could you please let meh know and make a girl happy, thanks :D P.S. I have already heard of Undeclared and it is on my list. Started watching it once, never finished it. I don't think it was as good as Freaks and Geeks to be honest..

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Really really loved it! Even if it didn't have the stacked cast that it has, it would still be close to the at the top of my list.

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One of the best shows I've ever seen. The characters are amazing and the soundtrack is perfect.

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This was a criminally underrated show

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Awesome show that deserved a better treatment!

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So well done!!

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It's not the best show, But it's really good and just for fun. plus you get to see young actors and actresses here which is really great.

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