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28 Facts About "Freaks And Geeks" That'll Make You Appreciate The Show Even More

Paul Feig dreams of turning the show into a stage musical. So do I tbh.

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1. The only actor who was the same age as his character was John Francis Daley, who was 14 during the time of filming.

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And he was only 13 when he auditioned.

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6. Jesse Eisenberg was a second choice when casting the role of Sam Weir.

7. Shia LaBeouf also auditioned for the role of Neil Schweiber.

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8. Busy Philipps originally auditioned for the part of Lindsay Weir, but was asked by the producers to try out for the role of Kim Kelly instead.

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10. The rest of the series was actually filmed in a set that was made to look exactly like the real, original school.

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All the corridors were actually just one T-shaped set that was constantly shifted around to make it seem like there were more. Extras would just pile up on the ends of the set corridors as there was nowhere else for them to go.

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15. Also in that season-that-never-was, Kim Kelly would've gotten pregnant, Bill Haverchuck would've become a jock, and Lindsay might've dealt with drug addiction.

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Let's all share a silent moment and a tear for this season that never happened.

16. Paul Feig also said that he imagined the show eventually becoming a story about the whole town; who got out of it and who didn't.

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He saw Lindsay Weir eventually becoming an artist in Greenwich village, then a human rights lawyer.

17. Busy Philipps and Linda Cardenelli were friends and classmates at Loyola Marymount University before the show.

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It was Linda who convinced Busy to take the role of Kim Kelly, as she was on the fence about it because her agent advised her to hold out for a bigger part.

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19. The stories in the show are based on the real experiences of the writers.

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Paul Feig and Judd Apatow had all the writers fill out highly detailed questionnaires of their most private experience in high school before they started writing, then put those experiences together and based their writing on that.

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23. Judd Apatow and Paul Feig told Linda Cardenelli and Busy Phillips not to lose weight for the show (unlike what most actresses would've been told at the time) because they were so adamant that the characters should look like real, believable kids.

26. Ben Stiller appeared in the 17th episode as a favour to Judd Apatow in an effort to prevent the show being cancelled. However, by the time that episode aired, the show had already been cancelled.

27. In that timeless, perfect scene in which Martin Starr's character is eating dinner and laughing at Gary Shandling on the TV, he is actually laughing at Apatow and another series writer shouting dirty jokes at him because Starr didn't actually find Shandling funny.

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