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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2001
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Monica Keena, Seth Rogen, Timm Sharp
  • Summary: Judd Apatow's TV follow-up to Freaks and Geeks was just as short-lived (only one season aired) and has turned out be nearly as much of a lasting cult favorite. The sitcom follows the adventures of a group of college freshmen, notably Steven (Jay Baruchel), whose recently divorced father (Loudon Wainwright III) decides to hang out with him and his new college friends. Charlie Hunnam (later of Sons of Anarchy) and Seth Rogen also star; the latter was also a writer on the show. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 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. Expand
  2. 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 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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