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Parent reviews for Freaks and Geeks

Common Sense says

Stellar teen dramedy explores angst, experimentation.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 20 reviews
Adult Written byMamamiaof3 April 26, 2016

Proceed with caution

Maybe most people won't agree with me but I don't think this is appropriate for children 14+. Maybe some parts aren't appropriate for adults. A great deal of implied sexual behavior (a teenage girl sucking a teenage boy's finger, lots of dialogue about sexual behavior and teenage boys watching a porno).

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Sexy stuff
Adult Written bydvdgirl June 23, 2019

i enjoy it.

good show a young James Franco . I like this show it was a good show maybe one season but its worth the watch.

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Positive Messages
Adult Written byLowe's man August 16, 2013

a refreshing change

On most shows kids who try hard in school get good grades. Even your underachievers-your Eddie Haskells, your Zack Morrises, your Will Smiths, even your Mallory Keatons, who usually don't do well in school- do well when they try. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course. But think about real life kids who study and try hard but just don't and can't make the grade. How are they going to feel when they see that no one on tv has experiences like theirs? That's what makes this show so refreshing. Take Daniel, one of the freaks, for instance. Although he usually doesn't try in school, even when he does try he doesn't succeed. Here's someone that teens who struggle in school can identify with. I should know. Even though I've always tried in school and studied, I've been on both sides of the grade and academic spectrum, as I have Asperger's Syndrome. I've always despised the fact that kids on tv always get good grades when they try. In other words, the only kids on tv who don't do well in school are those who don't try. Having 3 sisters who were all in the gifted program and were all in the top of their class made me only feel worse, as this was on top of what I saw on tv. This show was a refreshing break from the norm on tv. Here's one of the few shows that sends a message that some kids just will not do well in school at all no matter how hard they try.
Adult Written byihavegoodideas December 27, 2011

Must Read!!

To the writer of this hysterical comedy, you should totally make another episode. Except this episode should be their highschool reunion. And you could make it with the same cast. I just thought it was a creative idea. And maybe it doesn't have to be an episode, instead it could be a movie.
Adult Written bymissbrown0109 June 7, 2011

Freaks & Geeks - A Great Resource for Relevant Material

I discovered Freaks & Geeks as a college student, while exploring cult television classics. Suggested by a friend, I was instantly captivated by the sincere realism of the show. At times almost painful to watch (as a classified "geek" in high school, I identified with those characters), the show seemed to embrace all those memories of school we want desperately to forget, but in reality we should remember and learn from such life-lessons. I quickly saw an opportunity, in the content of the show, to inspire students to discuss relevant issues in their lives, as well as connect those themes and messages to the world around them. This is a wonderful show that captures the awkwardness and strife of being a high schooler. I really think that many students, regardless of their social identification, are able to relate to the plots and characters. In addition, the cult-status of the show is a great "hook" that can be used to help introduce students to the show. The cast is sure to elicit recognition from students familiar with the films of Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Funny People, The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Although the characters are not best defined by their decision-making skills and righteous moral behavior, I feel that the gritty realism of their lives (the good, the bad, and the ugly) can be used as a starting point for incredibly insightful discussions about topics like peer pressure, choices, identity, social groups (cliques), success, family, and more. As an educator, I have used this series in my 8th and 9th grade Language Arts classes to help engage students in lessons that deal with a variety of topics. My students have always thoroughly enjoyed Freaks & Geeks (eventually begging to watch more), and some have even found a voice through the show, connecting to characters/story lines and using these as a reference when talking about more personal details. All in all, I highly recommend this show for students of an appropriate age. This is not a squeaky-clean Disney production, but it certainly captures the atmosphere and environment of high school life in a very raw, unpolished manner. There is course language, but nowadays it is nothing that is not already aired on television regularly (contained in shows students of this age frequently watch; even if parents disapprove or forbid, as a teacher I know students will always find a way). If shown to students, I feel it is important to temper the viewing of this series with teacher-guided discussions. Encourage students to analyze and critique characters, and instill active-viewing skills. Have students ask questions about characters' decisions and actions; would they behave the same way? Differently? Why? The nature of many episodes is also conducive to discussions about student-adult relationships (such as those with parents, teachers, and other adults). Have students discuss how they expect to be treated by adults, and how they must act to elicit such treatment (as well as vice versa; how do adults want to be treated by their young acquaintances, and how must one act to be deserving of such treatment?). In a final note, I have always found it important to inform parents about the viewing of this program in class, and I always provide the option to opt-out if parents sincerely do not desire to have their child watch. However, I also educate parents about the program, and I provide a discussion guide for home-use to encourage family discussions about the same themes and messages discussed in class. Hope this helps someone out there!