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The Cast of 'Freaks and Geeks': Then and Now

What has the Freaks and Geeks cast been up to? Though the NBC series, from Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow, lasted only one season, it launched the careers of many of today's biggest Hollywood stars. From James Franco and Seth Rogen, to Jason Segel and Lizzy Caplan, so many famous faces walked through the halls of William McKinley High School. Undoubtedly you know about the likes of Franco, Segel, Rogen, and Ben Stiller, but what happened with series stars like Busy Phillips and Dave Allen? What has the Weir family - Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Becky Ann Baker, and Joe Flaherty - been up to all these years?

We take a look back at the critically acclaimed, cult series and catch up with the actors who played our favorite geeks - Samm Levine, Martin Starr, Jerry Messing and Stephen Lea Sheppard - and the teachers of McKinley High School - Frank Kowchevski, Miss Foote, and the grooviest guidance counselor around, Mr. Rosso.

Find out which actors have launched music careers (there are quite a few) and which ones have gone on to award-winning acting careers. Gather your backpacks and insecurities, huddle with your clique and get ready to catch up with the 1980 class of McKinley High School.
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    Lindsay was a brilliant and gifted student who was once the leader of the Mathletes. She spends the series trying to figure out where she fits in.

    Linda Cardellini played Samantha Taggart on ER, Don Draper's neighbor, Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men and also appeared in films such as Good Burger, Legally Blonde, Brokeback Mountain and The Curse Of La Llorona. She also stars in the Netflix series Dead To Me.

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    Lindsay's younger brother spent most of the series with his two "geek" buddies Neal and Bill. Though insecure and shy, Sam was thoughtful and courageous and you couldn't help but root for him throughout the series. Entertainment Weekly even selected him as part of their Perfect TV Family. 

    Fans of Bones are familiar with Daley, who plays Dr. Lance Sweets. Daley also plays the keyboard and sings for the band Dayplayer and, in 2011, he co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses. Daley also co-wrote the sequel, Horrible Bosses 2, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

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    Daniel was the cool, charismatic "freak" who hung around with his friends Ken and Nick and his girlfriend Kim. He was manipulative and selfish, but deep down, was insecure about his inability to do well in school. He befriended Lindsay early in the series and they finished the school year as friends.

    Do you not know what James Franco has been up to since Freaks and Geeks? He's continued to act and added writer, producer, director, author, Academy Awards host, and teacher to his list of accomplishments. He graduated from UCLA with a major in English in two years and attended Columbia University to get a Master's Degree in filmmaking, and Brooklyn College for fiction writing.

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  • Neal was a self-proclaimed comic genius and ladies man. He was very outgoing and often wanted to be the center of attention. His father was a dentist who was cheating on his mother, causing some friction in the household. Neal was also somewhat in denial that he was as geeky as his friends and had a crush on cheerleader Vicki Appleby.

    The son of a mortgage broker (his mom) and a dentist (his dad), Levine continues to act, including a role in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Levine is also a sidekick on the internet talk show Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.