Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
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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... See full summary »


Ken Kwapis


Paul Feig (created by), Paul Feig




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Busy Philipps ... Kim Kelly
Dave Allen ... Jeff Rosso (as Dave 'Gruber' Allen)
Steve Bannos ... Frank Kowchevski
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Salesman
Chauncey Leopardi ... Alan White
Susan Krebs ... Housewife


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 Written by YazzyJ

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

7 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The schools in the mathletics meet are named Lincoln and McKinley, two U.S. presidents who were assassinated. See more »


The year in the show is 1980, the first graphing calculator was made in 1985 by Casio. Yet some of the mathlete students are heard commenting about Texas Instruments and passing around a graphing calculator. Texas Instruments didn't start making graphing calculators until 1990. See more »


Bill Haverchuck: I heard my mom say to her girlfriend, "Any guy with feathered hair is foxy."
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Take the Long Way Home
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
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"Hey, don't make fun of him. That's a Parisian nightsuit!"
28 November 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

It's easy to identify with both Weir siblings in this one, and both learn valuable lessons about who they are. For Sam, it's knowing that allure comes from the inside, not some (questionable) European fashion. And it's here where most of the episode's humor lies, benefiting from a Joel Hodgson appearance.

But Lindsay's story is the harder-hitting of the two, and this is where the acting really comes in. Case in point, a dinner scene after Lindsay wrecks the family station wagon. It's a terrifying reprimand because Joe Flaherty strikes just the right menacing tone without ever raising his voice. Also, her scenes with Millie, which seem to be the episode's anchor. Lindsay doesn't have much time for Millie anymore, but she's always there for Lindsay to fall back on.

In the end, this is another episode about navigating the treacherous waters of high school and finding one's place. Which is typical of the show in general, but this really seems maximize the funny and scary aspects of being a teen.


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