The Beauty Of Freaks And Geeks

the cast of freaks and geeks
Busy Phillips as Kim Kelly
Busy Phillips as Kim Kelly
Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir
Rashida Jones as Karen Scarfolli
Busy Phillips as Kim Kelly
Sarah Hagan as Millie Kentner
Martin Starr as Bill Haverchuck
Natasha Melnick as Cindy Sanders
Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir
The Cast of freaks and geeks

Certain things I easily finish in their entirety. Essays by Joan Didion, for example. A pint of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Or, anyone else's food, generally. The same cannot be said for TV shows. Bar the first season, either my interest wanes, character attachment anxiety becomes too disruptive, or I simply forget when the second season starts.

I guess it's a blessing that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled after the first season—it's the only show I can successfully say I've finished in its entirety. From this Vanity Fair article, the creators and cast, though for different reasons, seem to feel the same way too.

“’You won’t find any pretty people on Freaks and Geeks,’” actress Busy Phillips who played Kim Kelly remembers reading. “That was interesting as a 19-year-old girl to read. We were not standard packaging.”

Take Lindsay Weir, played by Linda Cardellini, always dressed in her Dad’s old army jacket and hair maybe made wavy with dollop of Tresemme Flawless Curls Mousse after a shower. Then there’s Kim, in her light blue ski jacket, cowry-shell choker and black eyeliner—I’m guessing Wet N’ Wild Megalast Eye Pencil, shoplifted from the drugstore. Rashida Jones also makes one wonderful guest appearance as bully Karen Scarfolli. Her hair is so straight, layered, and middle parted that it slightly sticks to her face. Bed Head Control Freak Serum could easily replicate the look. (The corresponding name is only coincidence.) Millie Kentner, pairs high necklines and hair accessories with higher morals and grades. Cindy Sanders is conventionally pretty—see: flushed cheeks and wholesome good looks—but, as Sam Weir sagely reveals, “just because a girl is pretty doesn’t mean she’s cool.”

Rough, real, and distinctly themselves, it's better pretty people don’t abound.

Also, Bill Haverchuck (i.e. Martin Starr): you’d look great in our glasses.

—Alexis Cheung

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  • Nae

    Hilarious story: I'm actually getting ready to rewatch this series from start to finish. Thanks, Netflix streaming!

  • Ella Williams

    As soon as i saw this article i was so excited! I love Freaks and Geeks so much and its so awesome to see an article about it! So epic :)

  • llama

    i've watched this show probably 10 times start to finish and countless random episodes here and there. the best show. don't forget daniel's foray into the punk scene, spiking his hair with raw egg and (attempting) to get a safety pin nose piercing. diy beauty at it's finest.

  • Vanessa V

    i cannot believe that is Rashida Jones. I seriously would have guessed it was the oldest Hanson brother. And that is not an insult... we all know (documented here on ITG) that the Hansons were the prettiest group of the 90s. And, for the record, I think Rashida is stunning. That picture is just mind tricks!

  • ModernGrace

    Love this post!

  • Amy Mills

    so happy with how many alexis cheung articles there seem to be on ITG lately. and I 100% agree with the first paragraph

  • Emma and Emily

    Sounds like my kinda show!

    • JY

      It's beautiful.

  • MoseyM

    I cannot believe you made a beauty roundup of Freaks & Geeks without including James Franco, the standout babe of the show! (probable beauty products being eye drops and fragrance).

    Anyway, that would be a pretty rough thing to read about oneself at 19, but the show really was full of pretty people, just not dolled up. ETA: Like on BBC.

    Bill, <3 forever.

  • JY

    Freaks and Geeks is one of the best TV shows I've ever seen. It made me cry multiple times.

  • fentonclary

    Loved this. I make a magazine called Dogme and we featured Sarah Hagan (aka Millie Kentner!) in our last issue - she is everything you would have hoped for in adult-Millie, not to mention a total beauty.

  • wilddarts

    LOVED freaks and geeks on tv! miss it!

  • Behind the Mirror

    Oh man, you left out Lizzy Caplan. She was my favorite.


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