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Where are the Freaks and the Geeks now?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 3rd 2009 10:02AM
freaks and geeksFreaks and Geeks is not only a cult classic among TV fans, but it's also one of TV Squad's favorite "Ol' Yellers". Those are the shows that were taken out back and shot down by the networks before they had a chance to fully develop, despite the crying, whimpering, snot-producing pleas of those who loved them most. It may not be clever, but it sounded a lot nicer than "stillborns".

So it's no surprise that the show made a cameo appearance in a recent AOL interview with mega-superduperstar Seth Rogen on the heels of his new movie Observe and Report about a rogue mall cop who is more tazer-happy than the campus police at the University of Florida.

When asked where he thought his F&G character Ken would be now, he responded, "After watching Observe and Report again recently, I feel like that character in a way could be a continuation of Ken from Freaks and Geeks." He's right. It fits perfectly. Ken was a sociopathic meathead who loved to torture people smaller than him while hiding a Travis Bickle complex bigger than most Republican congressmen. Throw in a tazer and a badge that carries no authority whatsoever and that's your standard mall cop.

This got us thinking. What happened to the rest of the freaks and geeks on Freaks and Geeks?

Daniel Desairo or James Franco from Freaks and GeeksDaniel Desario, played by James Franco, eventually overcomes his burnout tendencies and graduates from McKinley High, despite the fact he is old enough to sell his own blood without his parents' permission. When he realizes that selling blood doesn't make a safe career option, he enrolls in a community college and studies the "auto-mechanical arts". His career as a mechanic is short-lived since he has trouble holding down a steady job due to his insistence that he personally test drive the cooler cars that come into the shop for tire burnout, acceleration and shock absorption after jumping bridges. After rolling his last Camaro Concept car during a "swerve test," the owner is impressed with his disregard for personal safety and hires him as a stunt driver in the local speedway show instead of suing him. Daniel goes on to break the world dump truck jump record and eight of the vertebrae in his spine.

Sam Weir from Freaks and GeeksSam Weir, played by John Francis Daley, spends another few awkward years in high school before graduating and moving on to college. After four years of doing everything a guy shouldn't do to impress a girl, he becomes the big man on campus. He manages to score the hottest girl in every sorority and even find a date while he's still on a date. His fraternity bestows him with the nickname "Otter" after he "accidentally" scores a grand slam and a triple play respectively with the daughter and wife of the college dean. His new found calling also shapes his education as he enrolls in pre-med and becomes one of the country's premiere fertility doctors. His tireless efforts to help unfertile women become mothers eventually causes one eager mother to give birth to octuplets.

Jason Segel as NickNick Andopolis, played by Jason Segel, combines his syrupy can-do attitude and love of the drums to embark on a career as a back-up rocker. He moves to Seattle right after high school and begins auditioning with several underground rock bands. Eventually, he strikes gold as the drummer for Fistulas of Fury, a late 1980s punk band known for inventing the "body surf" that was short lived after their lead singer gained more than 200 pounds and almost crushed several of their few remaining fans. Nick eventually embarks on a solo career despite his inability to keep a steady beat or carry a tune. Fate, however, turns him into a cult superstar when "grunge" becomes the sound of the decade.

Neal Schweiber or Samm Levine from Freaks and GeeksNeal Schweiber, played by Samm Levine, has an unwavering confidence that pushes him to take to the stage as a stand-up comic, just before the comedy club boom of the 1980s. At the behest of his parents, he still enrolls in college but his studies are pushed aside for nights in smoke-filled clubs and coffee houses with a pair of rainbow suspenders and a trunk full of homemade props. His abnormally high self-esteem and lack of self-awareness pushes him into a successful career as the opening act for motivational speaker Tony Robbins under the name Neil Webber.

Bill Haverchuck or Martin Starr from Freaks and GeeksBill Haverchuck, played by Martin Starr, finds college life twice as difficult as high school and turns to his dorm gym as a means of expressing his aggression from being picked on from dusk 'til dawn. It quickly becomes an obsessive habit and by the time he graduates, he develops the physique of a professional boxer. An appearance in several local Strongman tournaments pushes him towards the mixed martial arts circuit. His stamina and refusal to back down from any fight helps him become the lightweight leader of the Ultimate Fighting Championship for three years before a pierced lung from a painful submission forces him into rehab.

Lindsay Weir from Freaks and GeeksLindsay Weir, played by Linda Cardellini, never totally got over that stark realization of human mortality when her grandmother died, but refused to let it rule her life. She obtained a journalism degree as a way of turning her angst and disdain of the establishment into a career. However, her inability to smile and look cute on camera at the scenes of school bus accidents and orphanage fires forced her into early retirement. She leaves the TV news business and settles down with a smart small town doctor, and the couple eventually become parents of two beautiful children. Becoming a mother helps her realize the preciousness of life and accept the inevitability of mortality. She learns the most beautiful part of growing old is watching the life you created grow with you, even if that life tries to run away from home with a band of drugged-up bikers.

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Cincinnati Mike

"Ken was a sociopathic meathead who loved to torture people smaller than him while hiding a Travis Bickle complex bigger than most Republican congressmen." ????

It doesn't seem like the writer has ever seen Freaks & Geeks, nor Taxi Driver. He is, however, a meathead.

April 04 2009 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, they forgot Kim Kelly...

April 03 2009 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Might be one of the most young and talented cast who actually advanced in their careers. James, Jason, and Seth are bonafide stars. Linda and Sam have consistent work, and Martin Starr is about to burst out.

April 03 2009 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is it compulsary for everyone from Hollywood to insult republicans? Not only are the insults aimed at the wrong party, but isn't it over cliched already?

April 03 2009 at 3:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to const's comment

I would hardly call the writer of this blog "from Hollywood." But he's right, the Republican party is more lost than Kate, Jack, and Sayid.

April 05 2009 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You wrote a blurb for every one of them *except* Kim Kelly?

April 03 2009 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sweets was on Freaks & Geeks? Awesome!

April 03 2009 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brian's comment

i said the same thing!

April 03 2009 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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