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Freaks and Geeks

Season 1 Episode 6

I'm With The Band

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 1999 on NBC
out of 10
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I'm With The Band
Lindsay encourages Nick to pursue a career in music. Nick continues to practice with his current band, but quickly decides he's better than them. Lindsay encourages Nick to audition for a bigger local band. When things don't go well in the audition, Lindsay is there to comfort Nick. After learning they have to shower in gym class, Sam, Bill, and Neal refuse to do it.moreless

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  • Nick tries to get his band "Creation" going again

    We've known since the beginning of the show that Nick loves playing the drums and that he has a deep love for John Bonham, even though he dies early in the show. However, when we actually see him playing, not only is it funny but a little sad. Nick's love for drums and his belief that he'll someday be the next John Bonham seems to be pretty far away, a pipe dream of sorts, and a lot of the greatness of the episode comes from the way Lindsey tries to play along and keep Nick motivated to drum, even if he's not good.

    I've complained in a couple of the last reviews at how the drama seems to overtake the comedy at times, and the drama isn't done nearly as well as the comedy. I particularly thought it in the Kim Kelly episode, but one should remember as well that that particular episode never aired on TV. However, this episode shows the show doing both comedy and drama at equal levels of brilliance. They also bring back Seth Rogen as Ken after him being absent for so long; I was starting to miss his deadpan delivery.

    The basic idea of the episode is that Nick, Daniel, Ken and another guy have a band together named "Creation," and the whole point of the band is just to have fun. Their cover of "Sunshine of Your Love" is laughably bad, and it's the fact that they don't care how it sounds that makes it so fun to play. However, Lindsey sucks Nick into a mindset that finds him actually wanting to try to be a good musician; it mostly stems from his father's insistence that his grades remain perfect and that he go to military school afterwards.

    The drama in Nick's plot was perfect. I loved seeing Nick struggle with his dreams of being a drummer and facing an inevitable future, and the kiss at the end of the episode seems to be a turning point for Nick and Lindsey: do they remain together and pursue a relationship, or will their future together reflect Lindsey's face (uncertainty).

    All I know is that this was a great episode that allowed us to see how good Judd Apatow, Paul Feig and co. can be when it comes to mixing comedy and drama, something that Judd would do a great job of once he started making movies.moreless
  • Great episode, just not as memorable as the others.

    In this episode, Nick's father tells him that unless he can maintain a C average in school, he'll have to join the army once he's eighteen. Nick doesn't want to join the army and dreams of being a professional drum player, and he and his band plan on joining a battle of the bands competition. However, they're not very good and Lindsey tells Nick later that they need more practice. Nick tries to force the band to practice until they sound good, which leads to Daniel and the others quitting. Sam, meanwhile, is having anxiety troubles in gym class when the coach tries to force him into taking a shower. Once he finally decides to do it, Alan and his friends begin bullying him and lock him out of the gym, naked. This was a pretty good episode. I couldn't find anything wrong with it. Lots of funny moments, awkwardness, and a few slightly sad moments as well. It just wasn't as memorable as all the episodes before it, but that doesn't mean it's forgettable, either.moreless
Gabe Sachs

Gabe Sachs


Guest Star

Jeff Judah

Jeff Judah

Sound Mixer

Guest Star

Kevin Tighe

Kevin Tighe

Mr. Andopolis

Guest Star

Mark Allan Staubach

Mark Allan Staubach


Recurring Role

Jason Lansing

Jason Lansing

Bully #1

Recurring Role

Shaun Weiss

Shaun Weiss


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There's just a minor time line error in the episode when Lindsay and Nick are listening to "The Spirit of Radio" in his basement as he does his best to play along with his idol, Neil Peart. The show is set in 1980, and in the second episode John Bonham dies, which did happen that year. This is just three episodes later, and just two after the one that was on Halloween. So it seems like it's still supposed to be 1980, but they're listening to the live version of the song which was on Exit...Stage Left. But that album came out in 1981, so they're just off by about a few months to a year.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Plot Hole (California Doubling): This episode is supposed to take place in November in Michigan yet the outdoor scenes resemble Los Angeles in the Spring/Summer.

    • Series creator Paul Feig makes a cameo in this episode as a member of the band.

    • Music: "The Spirit of Radio" by Rush; "Sunshine of Your Love" (Cream), butchered by Seth Rogen and Creation; "Crossroads" (Cream), performed by Dimension; "White Room" by Cream; "One Step Beyond" by Madness

    • At the 2000 Young Artist Awards, the series won the award for Best Family Television Series, Comedy. It also received a nomination for Best Performance in a Television Series by a Young Ensemble. John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Sarah Hagan and Jarrett Lennon were included in the nomination.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air 20 Nov 99.

    • After this airing, the series went on hiatus for nearly two months before moving from Saturdays (where it had picked up awful ratings) to Mondays.


    • Daniel: You know, you and Yoko here have turned music into school.

      Yoko Ono was the wife of John Lennon, founding member of the Beatles. The break up of the Beatles is often blamed on Ono and her relationship with John.