The Freaks and Geeks cast (1999)

In 1999,  Paramount introduced us to a group of quirky, mismatched, relatively-unknown teenagers. For some, it was a stepping stone to much bigger things. 

Here’s what the cast of Freaks and Geeks are up to these days. 

James Franco 
Played Daniel Desario 

Now one of Hollywood’s most recgnisable faces, Freaks and Geeks was Franco’s breakout role. 

He went on to play the villain in the 2002 version of Spiderman, and now has at least 80 film credits to his name. 

Franco received an Oscar nomination for his role in the true story adaptation of 127 Hours, and has won two Golden Globe Awards. 

He’s taught film classes at New York University and several other schools across the States. 

Jason Segel 
Played Nick Andopolis 

Segel has come a long way since playing the kind-hearted, love-obsessed Nick. 

He’s most famous for his role as Marshall, in the long-running series How I Met Your Mother

In between seasons, he also starred in hit movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, This Is 40 and Sex Tape

Most people don’t know that Segel is also an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, and he performs wedding ceremonies as well as acting. 

Seth Rogen 
Played Ken Miller 

Seth’s distinctive laugh and curly mop of hair may be famous now, but he started out as the modest and patient Ken Miller. 

Starring in Knocked Up opposite Katherine Heigl catapulted him to stardom.

Since then he’s appeared in major comedy movies Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Anchorman.

He regularly teams up with high school pal James Franco too, and they've worked together on films like The Interview, The Disaster Artist and This Is the End

Rogen proved he’s not a one-trick-pony too, taking on more serious roles like in Steve Jobs and Take This Waltz

Linda Cardellini
Played Lindsay Weir

Cardellini was actually 25 years old when she played the teenage Lindsay. 

Prior to Freaks and Geeks, she’d had small roles in other TV comedies like 3rd Rock from the Sun and Boy Meets World

She went on the star as the iconic Velma in the live-action remakes of Scooby-Doo, and moved onto a six-year stint in the massive medical drama, ER

More recently, she’s appeared in popular shows like Mad Men, Bloodlines and The New Girl, and feature films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Daddy’s Home

Busy Phillips 
Played Kim Kelly

Phillips went straight from teen comedy to teen drama. She picked up the role of Audrey Liddell in Dawson’s Creek shortly after Freaks and Geeks ended. 

She also appeared in major films White Chicks and He’s Just Not That Into You

Phillips starred in Cougartown alongside Courtney Cox, and is currently working on another TV comedy, Vice Principals

The "Geeks" Sam, Bill and Neal

John Francis Daley
Played Sam Weir 

The youngest of the Freaks and Geeks cast, Daley is 33 years old now. 

Although he looks a whole lot different, you might recognise him from his role as Dr. Lance Sweets in Bones.

He’s also had some great successes behind the scenes, co-writing blockbuster hits like Horrible Bosses and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

His most recent project was the 2017 Spiderman reboot. 

Martin Starr 
Played Bill Haverchuck

Bill was the classic, stereotypical “geek” in the show, a persona Starr happily embraced. 

Since Freaks and Geeks, he stayed pretty close to former co-stars Rogen and Franco, starring in Knocked Up, Superbad and This Is the End.

Starr has also had television appearances in everything from The New Girl to Parks and Recreation.

In his most recent role, he plays computer whiz Bertram in HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Samm Levine
Played Neal Schweiber 

The young Levine’s list of TV credits grew after Freaks and Geeks ended.

He had cameo appearances in big titles like That ‘70s Show, Entourage and How I Met Your Mother

In 2009, he made the switch to the big screen, bonding with Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino over their love of Freaks.

He starred in the critically-acclaimed Inglorious Basterds, and more recently in the comedy film The Night is Young


Got back to where it all started, with the full season of Freaks and Geeks, available from Saturday 1 September on TVNZ OnDemand.