Freaks and Geeks

NBC (ended 2000)





  • Season 1 Episode 16: Smooching and Mooching

  • When Sam is going through his closet trying to find an outfit for the party, one of the outfits he rejects is the blue disco suit he wore in Looks & Books.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: Dead Dogs And Gym Teachers

  • In this episode, Millie says she is fifteen, however, in a previous episode, "Beers and Weirs" she offers someone who thinks they are drunk a ride home, which would mean she had to be at least sixteen. It's highly unlikely Millie would drive without a license.

  • The Dallas episode that Bill and Ben are watching is entitled "The Gathering Storm" and aired on March 27, 1981. Unless this is a repeat (something the show rarely did), this episode is set in that date.

  • When Bill wipes out at the Go-Kart track, you can see several palm trees in the background, which aren't indigenous to Michigan.

  • "Stripes" wasn't released until June 1981, so they couldn't be discussing the movie during the '80-'81 school year.

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Chokin' and Tokin'

  • Lindsay looks up Marijuana in the encyclopedia at the Johnson's house and finds the entry located almost all the way at the back of the "M" volume. "Marijuana" should be very near the front since the second letter in the word is "A". (There's also only one "M" volume on the shelf so it's not likely that the rest of the M's are in another volume.)

  • Kate Jackson is seen in the brief clip from Charlie's Angels, and Harold expresses his appreciation for her. However, Jackson left the series after the 1978-79 season.

  • Season 1 Episode 12: The Garage Door

  • The device Neal's dad puts into Sam's mouth in the scene at the dentist's office was a gag that producer Judd Apatow used to use in his old stand-up routine.

  • Dr. Schweiber's license plate reads "IFLOSSEM".

  • When Dr. Schweiber goes to put the scraper in his mouth when the camera angle changes, it is the mirror in his hand instead. And I believe this goof happens more than once.

  • In the diner, there is a Statue of Liberty New York license plate on the wall. These weren't introduced until 1986.

  • Season 1 Episode 11: Looks and Books

  • Lindsay seems to get all the blame for the car accident, but it wasn't actually her fault. Vehicles backing out of a driveway are required to yield to all traffic driving by. Therefore the car backing up was actually at fault.

    Edit: Michigan has no-fault insurance.

  • Season 1 Episode 10: The Diary

  • Plot Hole: It's already been established that the show is supposedly talking place during the Fall/Winter of 1980 in Michigan yet in the Softball scenes, all the trees have green leaves and the weather looks rather warm.

  • Plot Hole: Why are Nick and Kim in the same English class with Lindsay? This seems like a major plot hole in this particular episode. It's already been established that Lindsay is an honor student unlike her "Freak" friends.

  • The geeks celebrate when Bill makes a diving catch in the gym class softball game, even though it's only the first out. Neil comments that there are only 8 and 2/3 innings to go. In softball, as opposed to baseball, there are 7 innings in a game, not 9.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: We've Got Spirit

  • Plot Hole: It's supposed to be Basketball Season taking place during the Winter in Michigan, yet when we see outdoor scenes of Daniel driving his car, all the trees are green and full of leaves.

  • Anachronism Alert: There is a father using a hand held VHS camcorder during the Basketball scene but the handheld video camcorder wouldn't be introduced until the mid 80's.

  • In the basketball scenes, a three-point line is visible even though college and high school basketball didn't adopt the rule until near the end of the decade.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Carded and Discarded

  • As the Geeks go to leave the Iron Horse, Maureen approaches and puts her finger on the blackboard and starts to rub out part of one of the menu items. But in fact on close inspection there is actually already no letter where she starts rubbing, as when she puts her finger onto the blackboard it already says "Pan Fried ass", so she doesn't actually rub any letter out. As Maureen leaves, she points at the blackboard, which still says "Pan Fried ass". After she has left the Geeks immediately go up to the blackboard, which now says "Pan Fried Butt". Presumably the joke had originally been to have a menu entry of "Pan Fried Bass" get altered by rubbing out the "B", but the resulting word must have been considered too offensive and been changed to "Butt". In either case, Maureen never goes anywhere near the blackboard with chalk in time to change it.

  • When the freaks go to the clothing store in the mall to ask Howie Gelfand about getting fake ID's, Howie makes a reference to how tall Nick is by referring to him as Bill Laimbeer. Laimbeer was a basketball player who was about 6'10" tall. He became fairly famous as a player for the Detroit Pistons (the hometown team for these Michigan students)
    But Laimbeer didn't join the Pistons until 1982. In 1980, Laimbeer was an obscure rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Howie would have no idea who Laimbeer was at that point, and wouldn't make that comment to refer to Nick's being so tall.

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Comedy, Drama


Coming of Age, for the nostalgic, teen angst, surviving high school, quotable