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Freaks And Geeks Filming Locations: Where Are The Episodes Filmed?

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Freaks and Geeks Main Cast Members

Freaks and Geeks is a short American teen comedy-drama television series that was aired on NBC during the 1999-2000 season. It has been 20 years since its release, but the impact the television show has had on the viewers was massive. Freaks and Geeks was a mixture of funny and sad moments set in the life of highschool going teens in Detroit during 1980-1981. Freaks and Geeks aired for a short time, only able to air 12 episodes out of the 18 before it got canceled.

However, the show included some of the now very renowned and skilled artists to grace the film industry like Linda Cardellini, famous for her roles in Scooby-Doo (Velma), Avengers: Age of Ultron (Laura Barton), James Franco, famous for his roles in 127 Hours (Aron Ralston), Spiderman Trilogy (Harry Osborne), Seth Rogen famous for his roles in Kung Fu Panda Trilogy (Mantis), Pineapple Express (Dale Denton), Jason Segel famous for his roles in How I Met Your Mother series (Marshall Erikson), Bad Teacher (Russell Gettis), and many more cast members like John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Becky Ann Baker, Busy Philipps, and more.

The show Freaks and Geeks was created by Paul Feig. Even if the television series got canceled early on, it became a Cult Classic and has received high praise from critics in Time, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and Rolling Stone, with an unbelievable IMDB rating of 8.8/10 after 20 years of release. The issue behind its cancellation was the episodes’ erratic schedule and an unfortunate conflict between the creates and NBC. As the theme is set in a suburban high school setting, let us look at the locations where the television show was filmed at.

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Freaks And Geeks Filming Locations

When there is a show that involves teens going to schools, the main filming locations often revolve around high schools and nearby lanes, for example, the tv series Young Sheldon, the popular pop-teen show Hannah Montana, and many more. As this show also revolves around teens studying in a high school, namely the fictional William McKinley High School, the scenes of the cast in the high school setting were filmed at two different schools in the USA, one in Ulysses S. Grant High School in the neighborhood of Van Nuys in Los Angeles, and the other location is William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita. Many scenes were also shot at the famous Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. For one of the episodes, the filming was done at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for the Laser Show episode.

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Freaks and Geeks Filming in Los Angeles

The Plot Of Freaks And Geeks

The show is set in Chippewa, Michigan, a fictional town in Detroit’s suburbs where Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and her younger brother Sam Weir (John Francis Daley) attend the William McKinley High School from 1980-1981. Lindsey early on joins a group in the high school called the “freaks,” and Sam joins the group called “geeks”. The story revolves around Lindsey attempting to transform her life from a mathlete to a rebel teen girl hanging out with slackers. While the other part of the show follows Sam’s life with his new social group and how they tackle new challenges in the social world.

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