Life Lessons From Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks is a TV show that only lasted one season on air, but will last forever in our hearts. Few things beat coming-of-age comedy, especially if it’s a TV show starring now famous actors when they were just starting out. What follows are some of the life lessons I’ve learned from Freaks and Geeks.

1. Just dance

I’ve heard many people say, “I hate dancing because I don’t know how.” But when it comes to dancing, you just have to go for it. Move! Give it a go! You don’t learn dancing by sitting still.


2. Everyone cuts the cheese

Oh, the horror!!!! You’re hanging out with a friend or maybe even a significant other and… AAAAHHHH! Your stomach starts a gurgling and you know it’s coming and… there it goes. The cheese. A toot. A fart. Whatever you want to call it. Oh, the humanity! But, hey. It’s a normal bodily function. Deal with it.


3. Sometimes what is winning and hilarious in TV and movies can be kind of weird in real life

Lindsay is noticeably uncomfortable in this scene, despite that in many ways it is a classic, romantic grand gesture often lauded as the best way to get the girl in romantic comedies. It’s one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever seen in TV. But Lindsay’s reaction is a life lesson in itself.


4. Smashing pumpkins in broad daylight can be tough


5. Be nice–you never know when that robot is actually your little brother


6. Don’t be afraid to speak up

I couldn’t find a video clip or image to illustrate this one, but there is an episode in which Vice President Bush visits the school and Lindsay is selected to be a student representative and pose a question to him. When she submits her question for approval, it is deemed too controversial so she is told to stick to a simpler question. When the moment comes to ask her question, instead of sticking to the watered-down, simple and pointless question, she asks, “Why did your staff reject my question? Are you afraid of an open discourse with students?”


7. Dodgeball is vicious 

An additional note on this scene: Do you know what it really means when you insult a guy by telling him to not be or act like a girl? It means being a girl is the worst possible thing you could be. It encourages sexism and degrades women and girls. Just a feminist plug for you, there.

8. All bodies are beautiful


9. Awkward love + Cat Stevens = a great montage

Uggh! Why can’t they just get it together????


*And just a bonus scene/song: 

Author: Tamsen Maloy |


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