• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2001
  • Season #: 1
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  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 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
    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 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 like Freaks and Geeks. Watch it.
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: 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]