‘Freaks and Geeks’ Understood That Popular Kids Aren’t Cool At All

In 1999, audiences were flooded with teen movies and TV shows that would become modern classics. The world seemed to belong to high schoolers: She’s All ThatAmerican Pie, and Varsity Blues ruled theaters, while Dawson’s CreekParty of Five, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reigned on TV. But there was one show that debuted that year, Freaks and Geeks, that came and went with hardly a mainstream peep. Its cast was full of unknown actors, its characters weren’t “hot” in any conventional sense, and they weren’t wearing whipped cream bikinis or fighting demons.

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