In March 2000, the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks was canceled. Only 12 programs had aired at that time. However, a fan petition to NBC assured the network to broadcast some of the remaining six events – albeit out of order. The last program (of course the 15th program) of the TV show broadcast on 17 October 2000, on another network.
Twenty years later, fans are still lamenting the harrowing run of what has become one of the most acclaimed high school series ever. The team of young actors who love the show (along with creator Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow) have gone on to remarkable careers in the show business. Find out who has been friends.
Seth Rogen and James Franco continued to work together
Rogen and Franco showed two members of the “freaks” group. The first was Ken Miller, a sarcastic member of the group. He has been friends with Daniel Desario (Franco) since they were young. Daniel is a rebellious and happy teenager with a troubled home life and an unofficial leader of the freaks.
After Freaks and Geeks, the two moved apart, with Rogen continuing to work with Apatow and Franco taking on big budget features like the Spider-Man movies. But they reunited years later when they played together in a movie Rogen Pineapple Express. They have continued to work on films such as This is the end and Disaster Artist over the years.
Busy Philipps and Linda Cardellini reunite on ‘Busy Tonight’
For all the advanced, one area in which Freaks and Geeks lack of some was gender representation. In the main team of young actors, there were only two women. Linda Cardellini showed Lindsay Weir, a mathematician who joins the freaks as the catalyst of the show. While part of their group, she befriends Kim Kelly (Busy Philipps).
Although the two have not worked together in the years since, they made a connection on set. “I remember falling in love with Linda and being good friends,” Philipps said at Vulture Festival in 2018. Months later, Cardellini was a guest on Philipps talk show, Busy tonight, where they talked about their experiences of the show.
John Francis Daley and Martin Starr have an MCU connection
Getting to the geeks’ side of the title, there were three main characters. Lindsay’s younger brother played John Francis Daley Sam Weir. He has two close friends, Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine) and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr), with whom he spends time trying to get in and out of high school.
In the two decades that followed Freaks and Geeks’ Quit, all three have been successful. Levine has appeared in films and TV shows such as Infamous Basterds and Hot American wet summer: Ten years later. Starr is best known for his roles in series such as Silicon Valley and has also teamed up with Rogen for films such as Knocked up.
Daley has also been going, especially in Fox’s approach Bones. But he has also moved behind the camera, writing films like Terrible bosses. Not only did Levine appear in an unbelievable role in his first management album, Holidays, but Starr the teacher Mr. Harrington looked inside Spider-Man: Homecoming, co-authored Daley.