FreakyLinks was an American science fiction series that combined elements of horror, mystery, and comedy. It aired on Fox from October 2000 until June 2001, for a total run of 13 episodes. The feel of the show closely modeled that of The X-Files and other supernatural-themed shows that were popular at the time.

science fiction
Created byGregg Hale
David S. Goyer
StarringEthan Embry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Haxan Films
Regency Television
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06) –
June 22, 2001 (2001-06-22)

Setting and plotEdit

FreakyLinks centered on Derek Barnes (played by Ethan Embry), who ran a website called "" that sought out the dark and forbidden truths behind paranormal phenomena and urban legends, assisted by his friends Chloe (Lisa Sheridan) and Jason (Karim Prince).

Derek took over the site after his twin brother, Adam, died under mysterious circumstances. The show's episodes revolved around Derek and his friends investigating supernatural claims for the website and uncovering clues that reveal the truth of his brother's fate.


Production and marketingEdit

FreakyLinks, originally titled Fearsum until a few months before airing, was developed by Haxan, the creators of the film The Blair Witch Project.

Haxan decided to follow a similar marketing strategy as Blair Witch and created a website, long before the show was set to air, called "" which was cleverly designed to look like an amateurish, home-brew website made by real-life paranormal enthusiasts.[1]

The website was fairly successful and seemed to create some amount of "buzz" but this did not translate into high ratings when the show finally aired. The show went on hiatus for a few months before returning the air to finish out the season, but was not renewed for the next fall television season.

However, during its brief run the show developed a devoted cult following.[citation needed] Following the show's demise, an outcry arose among the fans and an online petition, possibly among the first such online petitions, was created to ask the Fox Network to bring the show back for another season.[citation needed]


No.Title [2][3]Directed by [3]Written by [3]Original air dateProd.
code [3]
1"Subject: Fearsum"
Todd HollandDavid S. GoyerOctober 6, 2000 (2000-10-06)1AEF79
2"Subject: Threethirteen"Stephen CraggMichael R. PerryOctober 13, 2000 (2000-10-13)1AEF02
3"Subject: Edith Keeler Must Die"David StraitonJuan Carlos CotoOctober 20, 2000 (2000-10-20)1AEF03
4"Subject: Coelacanth This!"Jef LevyRussel Friend & Garrett LernerOctober 27, 2000 (2000-10-27)1AEF01
5"Subject: Desert Squid! Myth or Legend?"Scott LautanenRussel Friend & Garrett LernerNovember 3, 2000 (2000-11-03)1AEF04
6"Subject: The Harbingers"Jay TobiasJuan Carlos CotoJanuary 5, 2001 (2001-01-05)1AEF05
7"Subject: Still I Rise"Joe NapolitanoAdisa IwaJanuary 12, 2001 (2001-01-12)1AEF06
8"Subject: Me and My Shadow"Thomas WrightMark VerheidenJanuary 19, 2001 (2001-01-19)1AEF07
9"Subject: The Stone Room"David GrossmanJuan Carlos CotoJanuary 26, 2001 (2001-01-26)1AEF08
10"Subject: Live Fast, Die Young"David BarrettMichael R. PerryJune 1, 2001 (2001-06-01)1AEF10
11"Subject: Police Siren"Randy MillerAdisa IwaJune 8, 2001 (2001-06-08)1AEF11
12"Subject: Sunrise at Sunset Streams"Bill NortonRussel Friend & Garrett LernerJune 15, 2001 (2001-06-15)1AEF09
13"Subject: The Final Word"David StraitonMark VerheidenJune 22, 2001 (2001-06-22)1AEF12


  1. ^ Higley, Sarah; Weinstock, Jeffrey (2004). Nothing that is: Millennial Cinema and the Blair Witch Controversies. p. 78. ISBN 0814330649.
  2. ^ From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "FreakyLinks"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  3. ^ a b c d From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "FreakyLinks"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-11-14.

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