1. An executioner of hearts in the series Freaks and Geeks
Before taking on the role of shadowy Harry Osborn, the best friend but also arch nemesis of Peter Parker in the Spider-Man trilogy (2002 – 2007), James Franco lent his angel face to Paul Feig’s American series Freaks and Geeks. Broadcast between 1999 and 2000, the 18-episode show concentrated on little gangs of warring high school kids, with the actor playing Daniel Desario, a charismatic freak, slacker and heart breaker. A series that was both ironic and honest about adolescence but despite good reviews got cancelled because of an erratic broadcast schedule and competing slots. We had to wait another 16 years before seeing James Franco in a TV show again, this time as the protagonist of 11.22.63, based on the eponymous Stephen King novel about the assignation of former American president John F. Kennedy.