1. Neal Schweiber, Bill Haverchuck, and Sam Weir
FREAKS AND GEEKS: The young lads on the “geek” end of the Freaks and Geeks spectrum were each amazing as they fearlessly followed their hearts (Sam), talents (Neal), and overall sense of self (Bill).
2. Dave, Link, and Stoney
ENCINO MAN: Because the greatest way to change your social status at school is clearly defrosting a caveman from the pool being built in your backyard, feeding him burritos, teaching him how to dance, and having everyone over for an epic party.
3. The North Shore High Mathletes
MEAN GIRLS: Smart AND swaggy? These kids can solve complicated equations as fast as Kevin Gnapoor can freestyle.
4. Evan, Seth, and McLovin’
SUPERBAD: The three dudes that each eventually got the girl and the goods, despite all odds. All it took was enough dare and charisma to befriend police officers, and a stomach for beer blended with laundry detergent.
5. Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly
WIERD SCIENCE: The first kids to successfully leverage cutting-edge technology to literally create their dream girl. Talk about innovation.
6. Doug Funnie and Skeeter Valentine
DOUG: Has there been a tighter set of kids with bigger imaginations? Quailman and The Silver Skeeter could still possibly save the world one day - but not without a belly full of Honker Burgers.
7. Pedro Sánchez and Napoleon Dynamite
NAPOLEON DYNAMITE: The political ticket we’re all still waiting for, running on platforms that include dance education, girlfriend invention, and tater tot-hoarding.
8. Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan
BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE: These adorable burnouts traveled through time, and even defeated bizarro versions of themselves, in order to successfully pass their history class. Learning has never been so righteous, dude.
9. Rebecca Doppelmeyer and Enid Coleslaw
GHOST WORLD: They’re the smartest girls in the room who have no problem telling you just that. Don’t save them a seat at the food court - they don’t want it and you don’t want to hear what they have to say about you.
10. William Lichter and The X-Files Friends
CAN’T HARDLY WAIT: Just because you don’t get an invitation to the biggest party of the year doesn’t mean you’re actually in control of everything going on. These social strategists successfully exacted their revenge on the popular kids at the last chance they had.
11. Chad Stevens and Chris Novak
This pair of best friends fully recognize the weirdness of growing up, and let it guide their adventures in each other’s company. Check out how they navigate life in the high school of their small town on Out There, Fridays at 10/9c, only on IFC.