• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2001
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    My love for Undeclared is unconditional... There are many different kinds of funny, and Apatow aims for one of the hardest kinds -- the humor of rueful recognition. You may not laugh till it hurts, but it'll hurt a little when you laugh, because you may recall your own awkward moments of defeat, embarrassment or disillusion. Undeclared is shrewdly observant and richly detailed, and the fact that it's funny, too, is the icing on the cake. Great cake! [25 Sept 2001, p.C01]
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    Apatow despises formula. If he didn't, "Freaks and Geeks" might still be on the air, and while Undeclared isn't nearly as pessimistic or painful, it's just as observant - and, at times, even funnier...All I know is that re-watching the first few "Undeclared" episodes in preparation for this review gave me my first good, hearty laughs since Sept. 11. By taking the "Freaks and Geeks" formula and making it shorter, sweeter and mostly wince-free, Apatow has created a great new comedy that could become a major hit, even if Steven himself never gets around to picking a major. [25 Sept 2001, p.23]
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    Like "Freaks and Geeks," however, Undeclared is considerably smarter, sharper and slicker than your average network series. If at times the comedy strays below the belt, it justifies these moments by appealing to our hearts and minds. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    What Judd Apatow failed to accomplish in "Freaks and Geeks," his critically praised but short-lived NBC series about high school, he more than makes up for in Undeclared, a dead-on look at college life that manages to be both hilarious and sweet.
  5. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    At times "Freaks and Geeks" tried too hard to create jolts of recognition. Here the frantic characters regularly call one another idiots, yet Undeclared always seems smart and effortless.
  6. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    None of Undeclared feels forced, and it helps enormously that the cast looks like it belongs, the actors fitting their environment perfectly. [25 Sept 2001, p.C6]
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    Cast is uniformly sound and sufficiently distinct without forcing oddballs into the mix. Show's strength in the pilot is its reliance on the ensemble over displaying individual talents but it might well have two secret weapons. One's Rogen, who plays the cool cat who's easily tripped up and has to work on regaining his composure; and Keena, who appears to have a good sense of how to play simple emotions convincingly and might well be on to bigger things. [25 Sept 2001, p.17]
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 20, 2013
    100
    Judd Apatow, creator of Freaks and Geeks, grows up -- a little -- in this wonderful look at the freshman year ofcollege. Great stuff. So watch. [25 Sept 2001, p.1E]
  9. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jun 20, 2013
    91
    Jay Baruchel is fabulous as the geeky Steven Karp whose dad (Wainwright) is hipper. [25 Sept 2001, p.48]
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    91
    In a recent interview, Apatow said that he cast Undeclared before writing the pilot, which may be a key reason why the show is so cohesive: Apatow and his staff had specific acting rhythms in mind, resulting in a show that, right from the pilot, radiates a sure sense of each character's quirks.
  11. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 20, 2013
    90
    In the hands of executive producer Judd Apatow, late of Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared is sublimely kindhearted and funny. [25 Sept 2001, p.C03]
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jun 20, 2013
    90
    Undeclared is practically note-perfect. [25 Sept 2001, p.C1]
  13. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Jun 20, 2013
    90
    Offers a smart, sensitive and funny look at the first year of college life. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]
  14. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jun 20, 2013
    90
    Unlike the majority of today's youth-market vehicles, Undeclared has been put together with a refreshing lack of cynicism (as well as a refreshing lack of laugh track). [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 20, 2013
    80
    How sadly true and truly funny. [25 Sept 2001, p.C-1]
  16. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 20, 2013
    80
    One of the better-assembled new series this fall. The comedy forgoes a laugh track and a studio audience in favor of a wonderfully true-to-life feel and unforced humor. [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
  17. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Jun 20, 2013
    80
    About as smart, charming and clever as comedy can get. [25 Sept 2001, p.100]
  18. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    This new college comedy isn't quite in the same class [as Freaks and Geeks], but it captures the atmosphere of the dormitory as minimum-security madhouse.
  19. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Mr. Sandler is not the problem. Undeclared just loses course. Lizzie's long-distance boyfriend (F&G veteran Jason Segel) is OK with the Sandler liaison, but when he finds out later about her night with Steven, the entire episode is given over to slapstick and lazy humor...Now it's time to send the outsiders home and let these kids find their way on their own terms. [25 Sept 2001, p.10C]
  20. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jun 20, 2013
    75
    Probably isn't for everyone, but surely more than a few viewers will identify with the misfits of all backgrounds and (judging from the presence of Loudon Wainwright as father to Steven Karp, the series' central character played by Jay Baruchel) ages thrown together in an anxious environment of self-discovery and perhaps too much freedom. [25 Sept 2001, p.47]
  21. 63
    Young fans of, say, the "American Pie" movies may enjoy it. Parents may get a little queasy at the sight of so much beer being guzzled at the freshman dorm party. [25 Sept 2001, p.E-6]
  22. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    Neither sitcom nor drama, real-life nor fantasy, Fox's underwhelming Undeclared wanders around in some jumbled, stream-of-consciousness no man's land. Like real college freshmen, the characters seem hastily and inexpertly thrown together -- probably because they were. The producers built the characters around the people they hired, a form of paint-by-actor improv. [25 Sept 2001, p.3D]
  23. Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    As with "Freaks and Geeks," there's a one-note sameness to Undeclared that could wear thin. [25 Sept 2001, p.D1]
  24. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    That stupid daddy thing has got to go before it ruins a good college try. [25 Sept 2001, p.6]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 27, 2014
    8
    Coming from Judd Apatow I’d been wanting to watch Undeclared for a while when it finally appeared on Netflix and it is perhaps best describedComing from Judd Apatow I’d been wanting to watch Undeclared for a while when it finally appeared on Netflix and it is perhaps best described as a college based companion to his cult high school show Freaks and Geeks, and not just because it features much of the same cast in some shape or form.

    With each episode running at around twenty-two minutes in length and featuring fast paced plots it is perhaps more sit-com than comedy drama for much of this first, and unfortunately only, season meaning that we can’t perhaps connect in quite the same way as we did with the characters in Freaks and Geeks. Once again however Apatow gets the tone of his subject matter pretty much spot on and, in part thanks to the excellent main cast and plethora of recognisable guest stars (that includes Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler), it is always very funny.

    Some shows don’t age well but, if you were a teenager in the late 90’s/early 2000’s as I was, Undeclared’s attention to detail arguably makes it an even better watch now than it was when it first aired nearly fifteen years ago. There may only be seventeen episodes but this is well worth seeking out.
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  2. Oct 9, 2013
    10
    Hilarious, sweet and is full of awkward moments that you have probably happened to you too. Another prematurely cancelled show, just likeHilarious, sweet and is full of awkward moments that you have probably happened to you too. Another prematurely cancelled show, just like Freaks and Geeks. Watch it. Full Review »