Freaks and Geeks : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 1999
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  • Summary: The universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama executive-produced by Emmy-winner Judd Apatow and series creator Paul Feig. Revolving around the lives of freak and geekThe universal experience of teenagehood as lived by the regular old freaks and geeks in a Michigan high school, circa 1980, is the subject of this wistful comedy-drama executive-produced by Emmy-winner Judd Apatow and series creator Paul Feig. Revolving around the lives of freak and geek siblings Lindsay and Sam Weir (Linda Cardellini, John Daley), the show includes the everyday fears, humiliations and little triumphs of adolescents past, present and, no doubt, future,too. For sophomore Lindsay, life is getting difficult. Jolted by the death of her grandmother, she dons her dad's old Army jacket and fights the one-girl battle of McKinley High. The allure of being a champion "mathlete" is losing its appeal, and her goals of college and career feel somehow irrelevant. She's alienated. Luckily, though, she's not really alone. Drifting away from her studious friends, she finds herself increasingly drawn to others like her, the "freaks" who ' refuse to accept the status quo. Among them are Daniel (James Franco), a friendly but also a dangerous guy who seems to like Lindsay, as does his bud Nick (Jason Segel), who dreams of stardom as a rock-and-roll drummer a la Led Zeppelin's Jon Bonham. Then there's Ken (Seth Rogen), an acerbic rebel, and Kim (Busy Philipps), a tough girl who doesn't go easy on Lindsay. Meanwhile, Lindsay's freshman brother Sam navigates high school like a mouse in a maze. Threatened at every turn, and attracted to an unattainable cheerleader, Sam faces his own set of obstacles. But he has good friends. Sure, they're "geeks," but so is Sam. There's Neal (Samm Levine), a wise-acre, sci-fi loving geek, and bespectacled Bill (Martin Starr), a classic looking nerd who's unfortunately not as brainy as he appears. On the homefront, Lindsay and Sam suffer through the good intentions of their overbearing mom (Becky Ann Baker) and their hardwired dad Joe Flaherty), who turns every teen issue into a matter of life and death. Unfortunately the show was canceled after only 12 episodes had aired, this was due to the poor ratings obtained. A fan-led campaign caused NBC to broadcast three more episodes in July 2000, but these would not be seen until September of that year when the cable channel Fox Family aired them in syndication. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    This may be the first TV show since Pee-wee's Playhouse to treasure youth even as it embodies all of its contradictions, craziness, hopes, and fears (and I'd like to point out that Freaks is the only hour-long sitcom I've ever seen that sustains funniness for its full 60 minutes).
  2. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 20, 2013
    100
    This quirky comedy-drama stands out as one of the real pleasures among the 35 new series...It is funny, but also tender and nostalgic. This is one homecoming dance you don't want to miss. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]
  3. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Feb 27, 2013
    100
    In addition to fresh, sharp writing, the casting in Freaks and Geeks is exceptional. [25 Sept 1999, p.E05]
  4. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 17, 2013
    90
    So much in the Freaks and Geeks premiere is shrewdly, tenderly and sagaciously observed that one wonders whether there'll be enough material left for additional episodes. Probably. [25 Sept 1999, p.C01]
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Feb 17, 2013
    90
    It is, with only a couple of exceptions, sharply observed, poignant and original, and even worthy of getting the family together to watch. [24 Sept 1999, p.Tempo 3]
  6. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 17, 2013
    88
    In mere minutes and with a few instantly evocative images, Freaks draws its characters more precisely than some shows do in a season. [24 Sept 1999, p.11E]
  7. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Feb 17, 2013
    40
    Color me confused on the concept. Are 20-somethings supposed to like this show? Good luck with those archaic pop culture references (Molly Hatchet, Carter/Mondale). Teen-agers? Sure - let them see that high school was just as vicious 20 years ago...Freaks and Geeks recalls a time a lot of viewers would rather forget. [25 Sept 1999, p.E1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 3, 2010
    10
    This is just am amazing tv show. Honestly, it is the best school-based tv show. The characters are realistic but at the same time un-boringThis is just am amazing tv show. Honestly, it is the best school-based tv show. The characters are realistic but at the same time un-boring and lovable. The show is just simply extremely funny. This show cant compare to any shows these day (for example glee). Not saying glee is bad, just that Freaks And Geeks is a lot easier to follow, a lot more comedic and is not overdone. Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2015
    10
    WATCH THIS SHOW!!! One of the most amazing top notch shows to ever get cancelled. But, I think that if this show hadda taken off(and itWATCH THIS SHOW!!! One of the most amazing top notch shows to ever get cancelled. But, I think that if this show hadda taken off(and it DEFINITELY would have) the 3 freaks who went on to become HUGE stars, may have never gotten as big as they did, because they may have become typecast as moronic stoner types(completely ruining Franco's career). Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    10
    Pure magic so simple, oh the days of old i love you.
    everything in this show i did back in the day, hell i remember the day we got an Atari
    Pure magic so simple, oh the days of old i love you.
    everything in this show i did back in the day, hell i remember the day we got an Atari system in the late 70's
    and this show brought me back to that day, thank you.
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  4. Nov 2, 2010
    10
    Probably one of the best shows that was ever on TV. All the characters very realistic, the script was good and so were the plots. This showProbably one of the best shows that was ever on TV. All the characters very realistic, the script was good and so were the plots. This show depicts a very real high school life Expand
  5. Mar 18, 2013
    9
    Freaks and Geeks is yet another series that can be added to the list of network shows that was not watched by very many people when itFreaks and Geeks is yet another series that can be added to the list of network shows that was not watched by very many people when it initially aired (in 1999) only to gain cult status after it was cancelled. A comedy drama set in the 1980s it centres on two groups of high school students and former model student Lindsay Weir, the excellent Linda Cardellini, in particular as she attempts to find a new niche among the school’s burnouts (The Freaks). Her younger brother, Sam and his friends ‘enjoy’ a completely different social status as the so called geeks of the school and much of the drama, and indeed the comedy, is derived from viewing their vastly different high school experiences. Despite running for just 18 episodes, Freaks and Geeks was almost universally praised by fans and critics for its sharp script and honest portrayal of teen life. Having finally had the chance to watch the show for myself I can safely say that the praised is fully justified and the fact that much of the cast, including the likes of James Franco and Jason Segal, have gone on to have such successful careers off the back their roles here speaks volumes for its enduring qualities. Funny in parts and capable of genuine emotion there aren’t many shows with better first seasons than Freaks and Geeks. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2016
    9
    “Freaks and Geeks” es un clásico de culto, es una de las primeras series americanas en evidenciar los problemas adolescentes desde un punto de“Freaks and Geeks” es un clásico de culto, es una de las primeras series americanas en evidenciar los problemas adolescentes desde un punto de vista más crudo, un adelantado a su tiempo.
    El eje central de la serie son los hijos de la familia Weir, Lindsay (Linda Cardellini), una adolescente que trata de revelarse al sistema cambiando su imagen, transgrediendo los límites, conociendo gente nueva; mientras que Sam (John Francis Daley), el hermano menor, es el opuesto, un introvertido pero agradable miembro de un grupo de geeks que prefiere no desafiar el status quo.
    La historia no tiene mucha continuidad entre episodios, se presenta una situación que trata de concluirse en un mismo episodio, lo que facilita al espectador involucrarse sin importar desde qué punto se enganche. Se contextualiza dentro de un año lectivo dentro de la secundaria Michigan.
    Una de las grandes virtudes es el elenco, presentando a una de las escuelas comedia que en el presente son humoristas reconocidos, como James Franco (Daniel), Seth Rogen (Ken), Jason Segel (Nick) o Samm Levine (Neal). Inclusive se da el lujo de tener como extras a personajes importantes de la cultura pop como Ben Stiller o Shia LeBeouf.
    “Freaks and Geeks” es una comedia con mucha personalidad recomendable para un público nostálgico o que simplemente se quiera enganchar por la inteligente exposición de temas tabú.
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  7. May 6, 2015
    7
    Some decent writing and good acting makes this little Apatow engine that couldn't a surprise hit. A few dud episodes here and there, butSome decent writing and good acting makes this little Apatow engine that couldn't a surprise hit. A few dud episodes here and there, but ultimately a funny little show about fitting in and standing out. Expand

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