The Best Episodes of Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks tells the stories of two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 1980s. The show follows Lindsay Weir as she rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts (the "freaks"), while her brother Sam Weir navigates a different part of the social universe with his nerdy friends (the "geeks").

Noshing and Moshing

#1 - Noshing and Moshing

Season 1 - Episode 18

Neal wrestles with the dilemma of whether to tell his mother about his father's affair. Lindsay is given detention after coming to the aid of a girl being attacked by a boy. Daniel deals with pressures at home and with Kim. He escapes from his problems through punk music.

star 8.37
243 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Kim Kelly Is My Friend

#2 - Kim Kelly Is My Friend

Season 1 - Episode 16

Kim invites Lindsay to dinner, explaining that she needs to introduce a nice friend to her parents so they will stop hassling her to sell her car. After Lindsay realizes what an abusive home Kim is living in, the two flee the scene in Kim's car. Sam struggles with a bully who is friends with Kim.

star 8.25
238 votes
Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers

#3 - Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers

Season 1 - Episode 17

Lindsay tries to convince Harold to let her join her friends at a Who concert. Kim and Lindsay accidentally run over Millie's dog. Kim starts hanging out with Millie. Lindsay wants to tell Millie the truth about her dog, but Kim doesn't. Meanwhile, Nick teaches himself to play guitar and writes a love ballad for Lindsay and decides to play it for her despite Kens' objections. Ms. Haverchuck stuns Bill with the news that she has been dating Coach Fredricks.

star 8.22
232 votes
Directors: Judd Apatow
Smooching and Mooching

#4 - Smooching and Mooching

Season 1 - Episode 13

After fighting with his father, Nick moves out and to Lindsay's surprise begins staying with the Weir's. Cindy tells Bill that she has a crush on Sam. She asks Bill to convince Sam to invite her to a party.

star 8.17
254 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Chokin' and Tokin'

#5 - Chokin' and Tokin'

Season 1 - Episode 12

When Bill talks about being allergic to peanuts in class, Alan tries to prove he's lying but Bill ends up in the hospital after an allergic reaction. Lindsay smokes weed for the first time.

star 8.14
258 votes
Directors: Miguel Arteta
Discos and Dragons

#6 - Discos and Dragons

Season 1 - Episode 15

Daniel is sentenced to audio/visual class as punishment for attempting to pull the fire alarm to get out of taking a test. Lindsay is accepted to a two-week academic summit. Nick has a new girlfriend and takes up disco dancing.

star 8.12
239 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
The Garage Door (a.k.a. Tries and Lies)

#7 - The Garage Door (a.k.a. Tries and Lies)

Season 1 - Episode 11

Neal learns his father is cheating on his mother. Ken develops a crush on the tuba player in the school's marching band and Lindsay helps set them up.

star 8.09
247 votes
Directors: Bryan Gordon
The Little Things

#8 - The Little Things

Season 1 - Episode 14

Sam discovers that life as Cindy's boyfriend is not nearly as exciting as he had imagined. Ken's girlfriend ,Amy, confesses a shocking secret, putting Ken in an awkward situation. Lindsay struggles with asking Vice President George Bush a question during an assembly.

star 8.05
237 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
I'm With the Band

#9 - I'm With the Band

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 8.03
310 votes
Directors: Judd Apatow
Girlfriends and Boyfriends

#10 - Girlfriends and Boyfriends

Season 1 - Episode 7

Lindsay reluctantly agrees to come over to Nick's house while his parents are out of town. Sam hopes to become lab partners with Cindy, but becomes jealous when Bill is named Cindy's lab partner.

star 8.03
284 votes
Tests and Breasts

#11 - Tests and Breasts

Season 1 - Episode 4

Lindsay tries to tutor Daniel in algebra, but the situation seems hopeless. He steals a test from the teacher's office and asks Lindsay to help him fill in the answers. Mr. Kowchevski, suspicious of Daniel's surprisingly high grade, accuses the duo of cheating. Sam, Neal and Bill begin sex education class. They feel overwhelmed by the subject, so Daniel loans Sam a porno flick in a misguided attempt to help them.

star 7.96
349 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
The Diary

#12 - The Diary

Season 1 - Episode 9

Lindsay's parents forbid her from hanging out with Kim, as they see her as a bad influence. Bill grows tired of being picked last for teams for baseball in P.E. class, and not being allowed to really participate.

star 7.96
254 votes
Looks and Books

#13 - Looks and Books

Season 1 - Episode 10

A car accident results in Lindsay deciding to stop hanging out with her "freak" friends. She decides to rejoin the mathletes and start hanging out with Millie again. Sam adopts a new modern hair style in the hopes of impressing Cindy. When this fails, he seeks out a new wardrobe.

star 7.95
257 votes
Directors: Ken Kwapis
We've Got Spirit

#14 - We've Got Spirit

Season 1 - Episode 8

Sam tries out to be the school mascot hoping to impress Cindy. Meanwhile, Daniel, Ken, and Kim suddenly become the basketball team's most rabid fans following a series of run-ins with jocks from the rival school, Lincoln High. Lindsay tries to figure out the best way to break up with Nick.

star 7.90
275 votes
Directors: Danny Leiner
Beers and Weirs

#15 - Beers and Weirs

Season 1 - Episode 2

Lindsay's friends learn that her parents are going away for the weekend and suggest having a kegger. Sam and Neal become worried after a school assembly focusing on alcohol-related deaths and they decide to switch the real beer with non-alcoholic beer. Daniel and Kim get back together and despite the lack of alcohol, the party quickly gets out of hand.

star 7.90
463 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
Pilot

#16 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Lindsay's family and friends fear the worst when she quits the academic decathlon team and begins hanging around with a new crowd. A new friend tries to help her find her way. Meanwhile, Sam ponders asking cheerleader Cindy Sanders to the homecoming dance, while trying to cope with persistent teasing and torture at the hands of a savage bully.

star 7.87
616 votes
Directors: Jake Kasdan
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Tricks and Treats

#17 - Tricks and Treats

Season 1 - Episode 3

Lindsay agrees to stay home and hand out candy with her mom on Halloween night. However, when she gets an invite to go cruise around town with Nick, Daniel, and Kim she ditches her mom. Sam, Bill, Neal, and Harris go trick or treating. Lindsay and the gang go on a vandalism spree that starts with smashing pumpkins and ends abruptly after Lindsay accidentally pelts Sam with an egg.

star 7.82
387 votes
Directors: Bryan Gordon
Carded and Discarded

#18 - Carded and Discarded

Season 1 - Episode 6

Sam, Neal, and Bill befriend a pretty new transfer student, but soon fear of losing her to the popular crowd and try to win her over with a series of fun things they plan for her. Lindsay, Nick, Daniel, and Ken decide to get fake IDs so they can see a hot local band perform at a bar. However, after they go through the trouble of getting their IDs and getting into the bar, the group is stunned to find out who the hot local bands lead singer is.

star 7.81
298 votes
Directors: Judd Apatow