"Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000) | Sam Gall TV Review Issue #11 Gem Mint 10.0


“Freaks and Geeks“ (1999-2000)

Director: Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, Bryan Gordon, Ken Kwapis, Lesli Linka Glatter

Writer: Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Mike White, Jeff Judah, Bob Nickman, Gabe Sachs, J. Elvis Weinstein, Patty Lin, Steve Bannos

Starring: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, Jerome Elston Scott, Steve Bannos, Dave Allen, Sarah Hagan, Jerry Messing, Stephen Lea Sheppard, Natasha Melnick, Chauncey Leopardi, Thomas F. Wilson, Trace Beaulieu

Rated: TV-14

Runtime: 44m

Genre: Comedy | Drama

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: various VOD platforms


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


You might like this if you like: Comedies, Dramas, High School Stories, Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty, Jerome Elston Scott, Steve Bannos, Dave Allen, Sarah Hagan, Jerry Messing, Stephen Lea Sheppard, Natasha Melnick, Chauncey Leopardi, Thomas F. Wilson, Tracce Beaulieu


Linda Cardellini (left) & Busy Phillips (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

This is quite possibly a near perfect show for me. It was the beginning of so many of my favorite actors and storyteller’s careers.

I remember plowing through what felt like only a mere 18 episodes by myself the first time and fell in love with every single one of those ‘freaks’ and ‘geeks’.

Having already been a fan of Judd Apatow’s work (I think after ‘Knocked Up’ I finally got to watch this) I jumped into this show with a lot of excitement.


Martin Starr (left), John Francis Daley (middle) & Samm Levine (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

Even with a PG-13 equivalent, I thought it did such a great job with representing a lot of those feelings, even dialogue, that I’ve had or could relate to at that age. I still feel very close to that age. And amongst a sea of high school stories this one stands out as a riveting drama as well as one of the most hilarious and touching ensemble of characters and stories. It doesn’t seem to poke fun at the experience or stereotype-it-up to be just sex, drugs and rock n’ roll like I feel a lot of high school stories do, and brought it all back to giving us a side of high school that was more sensitive and touched more on the emotional roller coaster of what it feels like to at that age and figuring out where you’re going in life.


Seth Rogen (left) & Jessica Campbell (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)


It just shocks me that this show didn’t have the impact on the world when it came out in the way it does now. It’s hard for me to see it as something that people couldn’t relate to. It’s hard for me to imagine someone can watch this without feeling touched in some way. Or laugh or shed a tear. It captures one of the hardest times in life beautifully and with so much care and sensitivity. It helped me communicate better with my mom. Showing it to her created a language. Something that bridged a communication that we weren’t able to have before. The show does a fantastic job and showing both sides of what its like for parents as well as the kids.

Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, this incredible female lead who almost steals this entire show, is one of my all time favorite characters in television history. She’s a powerhouse of spirit, love, empowerment, and inspiration throughout the show and the glue that holds it all together. I want to be more like her.


Jason Segel (left) & Linda Cardellini (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)


The entire Weir family are pretty amazing. Our other lead, Lindsay’s brother, Sam Weir, played by John Francis Daley, surprisingly young for how comfortable that kid looked on camera. He did such an honest and raw job, and the entire team just makes that whole family so believable. From Joe Flaherty to Becky Ann Baker as the overbearing, but loving Weir parents they end up being just as lovable as the kids.


This show would not be what it is without Samm Levine and Martin Starr. So funny yet so real when they needed to be and at that age is hard not to awe at. They’ve only gone on to be bigger and better in my opinion.


Betty Ann Baker (left) & Joe Flaherty (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

Busy Philipps is terrific! The episode where we get to see what her home life is like is up there as one of my favorite episodes. She made me cry, laugh and reminded me of a lot of people I once knew and seeing that represented in such a beautiful way was powerful for me.

Seth Rogen has been a favorite and was when going into this show, but I by far related most to Jason Segel’s character of having this one passion throughout the entire story and watching as his friends slowly lose interest, but that doesn’t stop him from following his dreams. Though Seth Rogen has one of the most memorable and strongest episodes I think in the entire show with the incredible ‘Amy Andrews’ character played by Jessica Campbell.


Samm Levine (left), Martin Starr (middle) & John Francis Daley (right) in "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000)

The rest of the cast is just as amazing from Dave Allen, Sarah Hagan, Stephen Lea Sheppard, Thomas F. Wilson and more! There’s so many great guest stars too and they really do become guest stars now with the careers some of them have had.


One my favorite shows of all time.


Written by Sam Gall on November 15, 2021


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


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