Freaks & Geeks

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

1-18
Recap

Discos And Dragons

Discos And Dragons - So you thought you knew these characters, huh? Well, in the series finale (sniff) nobody does quite what you'd expect. Meet Daniel the Geek, Lindsay the Deadhead and Disco Nick.

06.26.2001
06.27.2001
A+

Cate

1-17
Recap

Nail to the Chief

The Little Things - Mr. Rosso inspires Lindsay to a little sixties-style subversion, while a revelation from Amy causes Ken to struggle with his sexual identity, and a hickey from Cindy pushes Sam over the edge.

06.24.2001
06.25.2001
D

Wing Chun

1-16
Recap

Smooching And Mooching

Smooching And Mooching - He gets high on you and the space he invades, he gets by on you. And what you say about his company is what you say about society. Catch the witness, catch the wit. Catch the spirit, catch the spit.

06.22.2001
06.23.2001
A+

Maggie

1-15
Recap

Noshing And Moshing

Noshing And Moshing - Bill dances. Kim dumps Daniel, leaving him free to chase after a punk girl. Neal practices the art of ventriloquism, to the dismay of most everyone around him. Did we mention that Bill dances?

06.19.2001
06.21.2001
A+

Cate

1-14
Recap

Dead Dogs And Gym Teachers

Dead Dogs And Gym Teachers - Bill is less than pleased to learn that his mom is dating Coach Fredricks, and Millie develops a new bad-ass persona after she starts hanging around with Kim.

06.21.2001
06.21.2001
A+

Cate

1-13
Recap

Chokin' And Tokin'

Chokin' And Tokin' - Dad Weir has a thing for Kate Jackson but Sam prefers Bosley. Lindsay gets high and Millie gets on her high horse. Alan poisons Bill and Bill almost dies. Sam and Neal score sympathy attention from some chicks as Bill hovers between life and death. Nick joneses for some pot in a big way.

06.19.2001
06.19.2001
A+

Maggie

1-12
Recap

Time in a Bottle

The Garage Door - It's one 80s cliché after another: Joe Piscopo, Ordinary People, The Wall, Atari, Donahue. Ah, but it hurts so good.

03.12.2000
03.12.2000
D

Maggie

1-11
Recap

Looks And Books

Looks And Books - Lindsay says that her parents are "insane" about the car and will not let her borrow it. Kim helpfully points out that Mrs. Weir plays bridge on Tuesdays, and Daniel suggests a little auto theft, though he doesn't quite use that term. You know Lindsay's gonna cave in, right?

02.06.2000
02.06.2000
A+

Cate

1-10
Recap

The Diary

The Diary - The episode opens with Lindsay and Kim standing on the side of the road, attempting to hitchhike. Lindsay thinks that hitchhiking is so cool and says she is reminded of Kerouac. She is enthusiastic at the prospect the drivers might be artists, psychics or escaped felons. A girl can dream, I guess.

01.30.2000
01.30.2000
D

Maggie

1-9
Recap

We've Got Spirit

We've Got Spirit - Ken is watching two cheerleaders put up a banner that says, "Assassinate Lincoln." Haw! Okay, not. Ken asks who Lincoln is. The head cheerleader uses that classic teenage girl condescending tone that makes her answer sound like a question: "Our rivals?"

01.23.2000
01.23.2000
A+

Cate

1-8
Recap

Girlfriends And Boyfriends

Girlfriends And Boyfriends - Nick runs over to Lindsay and tells her she looks beautiful. Then he leads her over to Daniel and Kim, who are, as usual, draped all over each other. Kim stops fondling Daniel long enough to ask if Nick and Lindsay are going out. Nick says he doesn't "kiss and tell." As he's saying this, he starts sliding his hand down Lindsay's back. At first I think he's going to grab her ass, but it's much, much worse.

01.16.2000
01.16.2000
A+

Cate

1-7
Recap

Carded And Discarded

Carded And Discarded - Mr. Rosso says that he's worried about Lindsay, because soon she'll have to start applying for colleges, and that if she stays on the same path, those colleges will reject her. Lindsay goes to the "not everyone has to go to college" fallback (which is, of course, true) and reminds Mr. Rosso that Einstein and Thomas Edison didn't go to college.

01.09.2000
01.09.2000
A+

Wing Chun

1-6
Recap

I'm With The Band

I'm With The Band - Nick's in his basement with headphones on, playing along to Rush's "The Spirit of Radio." He's got lighting effects, he's got the dry ice, he's got showmanship and energy. But most importantly, he's got Geddy Lee to sing the lyrics while he lip-synchs -- it looks and sounds great. We see Nick's father come down the stairs, and the camera takes in the scene from the dad's point of view. Suddenly it's just a basement rec room again.

11.12.1999
11.12.1999
A+

Cate

1-5
Recap

Tests And Breasts

Tests And Breasts - The episode opens with Mr. "Biff" Fredricks teaching a sex ed class to Sam, Neal, Bill and assorted other boys their age. He ends up ordering Sam to the front to teach, which earns Sam the hard-to-live-down moniker "Dr. Love."

11.05.1999
11.05.1999
A+

Maggie

1-4
Recap

Kim Kelly Is My Friend

Kim Kelly Is My Friend - Sam gets bullied at school by Kim and her friend Karen. Kim invites Lindsay to her house for dinner to show her parents that she hangs out with people who aren't losers. Lindsay, who isn't fully apprised of all of Kim's lies, ends up blowing her cover at dinner. On the run from her parents, Kim discovers Daniel canoodling with Karen. The whole Weir family facilitates Kim and Daniel's reconciliation.

11.03.1999
11.04.1999
B-

Maggie

1-3
Recap

Tricks And Treats

Tricks And Treats - Mom promises them all a really good Hallowe'en, and Sam just rolls his eyes, a trifle rudely, if you ask me.

10.29.1999
10.29.1999
A+

Cate

1-2
Recap

Beers And Weirs

Beers And Weirs - Mom Weir tells the kids that she's called a babysitter to watch them while she and Dad are in Chicago. Lindsay points out that she's been babysitting other kids for a couple of years. Dad and Mom finally agree that the kids are old enough to stay on their own.

10.01.1999
10.01.1999
D

Maggie

1-1
Recap

Pilot

Pilot - This show helpfully categorizes everyone quite neatly before the opening credits even roll. We begin with a couple of supers to let us know exactly where and when we are: namely, "William McKinley High School, Michigan," "1980."

09.24.1999
09.24.1999
D

Cate

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