YMMV / Freaks and Geeks

  • Crowning Music of Awesome : If you're a classic rock fan, the soundtrack is amazing. Including an entire episode dedicated to The Who.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Apparently this is why the network execs screwed the show over.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Harris.
    • Bill may also get this, at least after watching him in "Chokin' and Tokin'" and "Smooching and Mooching".
  • Foe Yay: Kowchevski with Daniel, (whom he dislikes intensely) as seen in this quote:
    Kowchevski: Lindsay, Daniel's cute and all with his stringy hair and bedroom eyes, but he's a loser.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Consider that very last scene again: Lindsay (and, sadly, the show itself) are on the way to the land of the Dead.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In 2014, James Franco was caught flirting with a 17-year-old girl, which makes his occasional flirting with Lindsey a little squicky.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Daniel is viewed by pretty much everyone in the show as a burnout and no-hoper with no shot at (or interest in) higher education. In real life, James Franco has four degrees, was pursuing two more as of 2011, and has taught classes at NYU and USC.
    • Neil's brother Barry (played by David Krumholtz) comes to visit for the weekend from college. There is an entire scene dedicated to his frustration that people expect him to have a major picked out and he says earnestly that he's "Undeclared".
    • Bill compares Sam's hairless pits to Robin Williams' hairy hands. Martin Starr would eventually suffer inverse taunts.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kim, after her background is revealed in "Kim Kelly Is My Friend".
  • Les Yay: A lot of fans think Millie has the hots for Lindsay.
  • Moe: Laurie provides a good real-life example.
  • Narm: Done deliberately with the song Nick writes for Lindsay.
    • Judd Apatow stated in the commentary for "The Little Things" that he deliberately had Ken accidentally bang his head against Amy's tuba during their make-up session to prevent the scene from becoming this.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Basically defines the series as a whole.
  • Tear Jerker: See here.
  • The Woobie:
    • Nick, again and again. He develops a crush on Lindsay from the beginning and blows his chance when he becomes too enamored with her. He then suffers through All Love Is Unrequited for the rest of the series, as its pretty clear he's still in love with her in the finale, though he's now in a decent relationship which essentially caused him to break away with his friends in order to pursue. On top of that, his dad sells his drum kit, which was one of the only things he had around that made him happy.
    • Neal in "The Garage Door" and "Noshing and Moshing". Any time he has to deal with family drama, you just want to give him a big hug.
    • Millie in "Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers". Anyone who has experienced the death of a close pet can relate.
    • Sam is another constant Woobie, but it is definitely highlighted in "Tricks and Treats" when Lindsay and Kim egg him without realizing it.
    • Kim qualifies as a Jerkass Woobie. She can be very cold and nasty to people, even when they're trying to be nice, but her family and home life is so horrible you can't help but want to give the poor girl a hug.
      • Similarly, Daniel is manipulative and lazy and seems set on doing as little as possible in life. But his father is sick, his mother obviously doesn't think much of him, his teachers seem set on making sure he never succeeds, he's thought of by everyone as a failure by default and even his closest friends can't see him with any type of future. He seems caught in a vicious cycle: Everyone assumes he's a screwup, he tries to prove them wrong but it doesn't work, he becomes indifferent and complacent, and everyone thinks he just doesn't care.
  • X Meets Y: My So-Called Life meets The Wonder Years