Where was Freaks and Geeks filmed? What year is it set in? Fans are celebrating that the series is now available on Hulu.

They say it’s always better late than never…

Freaks and Geeks has become available to stream on Hulu and some are now discovering the series for the first time, while adoring fans take the opportunity to revisit one of their favourite shows.

Created by Paul Feig and executive-produced by Judd Apatow, this American comedy-drama series premiered on NBC back in 1999 and has generally been regarded as a cult gem ever since. It was cancelled after just one season,

The series follows Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini), a high schooler who makes friends with the “freaks” while her brother joins the “geeks”. James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and more recognisable talents star.

You’ll be familiar with these faces, but let’s take a moment to get familiar with the locations. Where was Freaks and Geeks filmed?

still from Freaks and Geeks, Apatow Productions et al., IMDb

Where was Freaks and Geeks filmed?

  • Freaks and Geeks was filmed in Van Nuys, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles.

This is highlighted by LatLong, which cites a number of California locations, including Ulysses S. Grant High School, Raleigh Studios, Griffith Observatory, and William S. Hart High School.

Listed below are some more locations that were used:

23121 Oakbridge Ln (Nick’s Home)
24219 Heritage Ln (Lindsay’s Home)
24225 Main Street
24406 Apple Street
City of Industry
Woodland Hills.

The series takes place in the fictional town of Chippewa, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

What year is Freaks and Geeks set in?

Freaks and Geeks is set during the academic year of 1980–1981.

The characters navigate William McKinley High School at the dawn of the 1980s, although the experiences and themes of identity can be considered universal.

Of course, costuming is essential when trying to pull off the eighties look, and wardrobe designer Debra McGuire spoke with Highsnobiety about the experience: “It was funny because I remember pulling the rack of vintage clothes for the fitting and thinking, ‘These are the ugliest freaking clothes I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Like, it was just ugly… It was like the Midwest threw up. I hated it.”

However, she then goes on to describe the reaction to the clothes from the cast:

“Each actor would come into their sitting and go, ‘Oh my God, I love this. We want it!’ And that’s when you realize that there’s so much about fashion and trends that is so psychological in terms of what you’re used to seeing, what you’ve never seen, what looks fresh, and what looks new. These kids had never seen clothes that looked like this before.”


Fans celebrate Freaks and Geeks arriving on Hulu

Since the series was added to Hulu, a number of fans have hopped onto Twitter to praise its arrival.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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