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Set in a suburban high school, circa 1980, the show follows the realistic, funny and often touching lives of two teenage siblings who are trying to get through high school and figure out their place in the world.
For high school sophomore Lindsay Weir, life has just become more complicated. Jolted by the death of her grandmother, she has found herself unsure of the life plan she once though was so certain. Her old goals of college and career now seem unimportant and she is being driven away from her old "brainy" friends and into the lives of the "freaks," the only other people in the school who do not accept the status quo.
Her younger brother, Sam, faces his own challenges in his new life as a high school freshman. He has arrived at high school far less mature - both physically and mentally - than most kids his age. Adding to his grief is an obsessive bully and an unrequited love for an unattainable cheerleader. Buoyed by the common tribulations being faced by his friends, including Neil, a confident, sci-fi loving geek, and Bill, a tall geek who looks smart, but really isn't, Sam navigates his way through the daily trials of high school life.
The series also includes Daniel, a friendly, but slightly dangerous freak who has taken a liking to Lindsay; Nick, a tall freak who dreams of stardom as a rock-and-roll drummer; Ken, an acerbic and rebellious freak; Kim , Daniel's unpredictable girlfriend who is not about to let Lindsay join their group, and Sam and Lindsay's overbearing parents Jean and Harold.
Filming Locations for
"Freaks and Geeks"
Los Angeles, California, USA
USA 25 September 1999
New Zealand 3 March 2000
Australia 9 December 2000
Sweden 15 December 2000
France 15 March 2001
UK August 2001
Finland 4 November 2001
Austria 2 February 2002
ALMA Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2001 Nominated ALMA Award Outstanding Director of a Comedy Series
Costume Designers Guild Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2001 Nominated CDG Award Excellence for Costume Design for Televison - Period/Fantasy
Emmy Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2001 Nominated Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Paul Feig (writer)
- For episode "Discos And Dragons". 2000 Won Emmy Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
Jill Greenberg (casting executive (location))
Allison Jones (I) (casting executive)
Coreen Mayrs (casting executive (location))
Nominated Emmy Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
- For the pilot. GLAAD Media Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2001 Nominated GLAAD Media Award Outstanding TV Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)
- For episode "The Little Things". Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2000 Nominated Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award Best Period Makeup - Television (for a Single Episode of a Regular Series - Sitcom, Drama or Daytime)
Joseph Michael Regina
- For the pilot episode. Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2000 Nominated Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Television Episodic - Music
Jonathan Karp (music editor)
- For episode "Beers And Weirs". Television Critics Association Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2000 Nominated TCA Award Best Drama Program of the Year
Best New Program of the Year
Young Artist Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2000 Won Young Artist Award Best Family TV Series - Comedy
Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble
John Francis Daley
YoungStar Awards Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s) 2000 Nominated YoungStar Award Best Young Actor/Performance in a Comedy TV Series
John Francis Daley
Best Young Actress/Performance in a Comedy TV Series
Best Young Ensemble Cast - Television
John Francis Daley