Starring: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips
Despite being cancelled after exactly one season thanks to low viewership. Freaks and Geeks is regularly in conversation when talking about the best TV shows of all time, period. The show centers on Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) as she attempts to transform from a straight-A student into one of the titular freaks, and her brother Sam Weir (John Francis Daley), as he and the rest of his geek friends navigate high school.
Literally every person in this cast has gone on to have great careers in television or movies or both, and it’s clear why, since every actor is so uniquely great here, and bolstered by strong writing that isn’t afraid to illustrate all of the complicated ups and downs of being a teenager and having to struggle with fitting in, relationships, and figuring out who you are. Freaks and Geeks is the pinnacle of the teen drama genre. —Andy Herrera