Fans were devastated when the cult classic television show Freaks and Geeks was cancelled by NBC 16 years ago. Since then, director/creator Judd Apatow has continued to make us laugh with films like This Is 40 and Trainwreck. Likewise, the majority of show’s cast have gone on to have major success in the entertainment industry. With whispers of a possible reboot, we thought it would be fun to see what the cast has been up to now. Check out the cast of Freaks and Geeks then and now.
Linda Cardellini - Lindsay Weir
was actually 25-years old when she starred as teenage misfit Lindsay Weir in Judd Apatow
's Freaks and Geeks
. Prior to her role as Lindsay she'd already been on popular television shows including, 3rd Rock From the Sun
and Boy Meets World.
After Freaks and Geeks
was canceled in 2000, Cardellini starred in the live action Scooby-Doo
as Velma. She then went on to have a six-year stint on the long-running medical drama ER
. Most recently, Cardellini had roles on Mad Men
and New Girl
. In 2015 she surprised Marvel fans as Hawkeye's wife in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
She can currently bee seen in Daddy's Home
where she co-stars with Mark Wahlberg
and Will Ferrell
. This year she will also be starring in a film called The Founder,
a biopic about the guy who started McDonald's.
John Francis Daley - Sam Weir
After hanging up his geek shield as the nerdy by adorable Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks
, John Francis Daley
scooped up a long running role on Fox's Bones
as Dr. Lance Sweets. Though he was flashing his dimples in front of the screen, Daley also has been killing it behind the scenes. In 2011, he co-wrote the hilarious comedy Horrible Bosses
which also led to a sequel, as well as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.
He also recently directed National Lampoon's Vacation
and is currently writing the screenplay for the 2017 Spider-Man
James Franco - Daniel Desario
's role as naughty boy Daniel Desario was his breakout role, and the actor hasn't stopped working since. Shortly after Freaks and Geeks,
Franco snagged a role as the villainous Harry Osborn in 2002's Spider-Man
. From passion projects, Oscar nominations, and comedies with his Freaks and Geeks
co-stars, Francos's film and television credits are well into the triple digits. Franco's most recent project was the holiday comedy The Night Before
where he made a lengthy cameo with Seth Rogen
. According to his IMDB, Franco has at least 18 projects slated for release from now until 2018. Gather your coins James!
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Samm Levine - Neal Schweiber
After playing self-proclaimed ladies man Neal Schweiber in Freaks and Geeks, Samm Levine
made several cameo appearances in TV shows like That '70s Show, Entourage
and How I Met Your Mother
. In 2009 he started in Quentin Tarantino
's Inglorious Bastards
. Levine knew that Tarantino was a fan of Freaks and Geeks,
so he used that knowledge to introduce himself to the director. Most recently, Levine starred in the comedy, The Night is Young
. He also stars on the internet talk show Kevin Pollak's Chat Show.
Jason Segel - Nick Andopolis
has come a long way from portraying the love-obsessed Nick Andopolis on Freaks and Geeks
. Once the show ended, Segal quickly found another series playing Marshall Eriksen on the long-running How I Met Your Mother.
While starring on the series, Segel also starred in a series of comedy films, many with F&G
creator Judd Apatow including, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
, I Love You, Man
, and The Five-Year Engagement.
Most recently, The Muppets
star portrayed late author David Foster Wallace in the drama, The End of Tour
Seth Rogen - Ken Miller
We know a lot more about Seth Rogen
now, then we did when he portrayed the stoic Ken Miller on Freaks and Geeks
. Since then Rogen has become a megastar in his own right, though he often teams up with Judd Apatow. Though he appeared in the huge comedy films The 40-Year-Old Virgin
it was his 2007 breakout role in Knocked Up
that catapulted him into super-stardom. Since then, Rogen has starred in everything from Superbad
to Pineapple Express
. Despite his humorous side Rogen has also taken on a few more series roles including 50/50
, Steve Jobs
and Take This Waltz.
Seth Rogan currently has six projects slated for release in 2016, including Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
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Martin Starr - Bill Haverchuck
After starring as the scrawny, coke-bottle glasses wearing Bill Haverchuck in Freaks and Geeks
, Martin Starr
went on to have several television appearances in everything from New Girl
to Parks and Recreation
. He also appeared in several films including Knocked Up
, Adventureland, Superbad
and This Is The End.
For two seasons, Starr also starred as Roman DeBeers in Starz
's Party Down.
In 2014, Starr was cast as computer wiz Bertram Gilfoyle in HBO'
s critically acclaimed Silicon Valley.
The show will be returning for its third season this coming spring.
Busy Philipps - Kim Kelly
Becky Ann Baker - Jean Weir
You might think that James Franco or Seth Rogan are Judd Apatow's longest acting collaborators, but you would be wrong. Actress Becky Ann Baker
who played Lindsay and Sam's mom Jean is his longest. Baker has gone on to play Hannah Horvath's mom on HBO's Girls.
She also made a cameo appearance this past summer in Trainwreck
staring Amy Schumer
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Joe Flaherty - Harold Weir
Since playing the Weir patriarch Harold on Freaks and Geeks
, Joe Flaherty
has kept a fairly low profile. He had small roles in the films National Security
, but for the past decade, Flaherty has taught comedy writing courses at Humber college in California.