Freaks and Geeks was the show we all needed as kids, but rarely appreciated. It was arguably the most relatable and accurate depiction of our extreme teen angst, mixed with a desire to fit in. We only got one season of the show, and frankly we deserved more. If Freaks and Geeks was still running today, we'd still be watching it.
The show brought us many amazing quotes, such as:
The cast was also insanely star-studded, though we didn't really know it at the time. Seth Rogen, James Franco, John Francis Daley, Busy Phillips, Jason Segel, Samm Levine, they all came together to produce one of the most iconic shows of our generation.
Freaks and Geeks ended in 2000, but 17 years later, it seems like they're all doing great! A group of cast members got together to celebrate writer and director Judd Apatow's 50th birthday.
Busy Phillips posted a snap of her, along with Samm Levine, John Francis Daley, and Martin Starr on Instagram, and it basically punched us in the face with nostalgia.
Seeing these actors as fully grown adults as opposed to pubescent teens is a little weird, but it also reminds us how timeless the show is. So what are these fine people up to now?
John Francis Daley
Daley quietly went on to become one of the most successful members of the cast. He starred as Dr. Lance Sweets on the long-running Bones for 140 episodes. He then ventured into the directing world, where he took the reigns on the rebooted Vacation. Now, Daley is basking in the glory of writing Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is also running one of the best Twitter accounts out there.
Levine has been steadily employed since his role as Neal Schweiber, but he hasn't starred in anything that shot him to major fame. He did, however, appear in Inglorious Bastards. He knew that Quentin Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks, so he used that as a way to introduce himself to the director. Levine also appeared in the Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
After starring as Bill Haverchuck, Starr went on to appear in Knocked Up, Adventureland, This Is The End, Superbad, Parks and Recreation, and New Girl. He also stars in the HBO critically acclaimed series, Silicon Valley.
Phillips has been extremely successful in her career, and was lucky enough to star alongside her real-life BFF, Michelle Williams, in Dawson's Creek. She also had a lead role on the TV show Cougar Town with Courtney Cox. As for film, Phillips has appeared in The Gift, I Don't Know How She Does It, Made of Honor, and He's Just Not That Into You.
Were you a fan of Freaks and Geeks?