From the producers of freaks & geeks comes this very funny & touching tv series following the lives of college freshmen. Features 2 unseen episodes & loads of extras. Studio: Uni Dist Corp (music) Release Date: 08/16/2005
"Only the good die young," a certain piano man once sang. He could've been talking about Undeclared, the hilarious, yet heartfelt college comedy from Judd Apatow (The Larry Sanders Show). Alas, FOX had even less patience than NBC and cancelled it after 16 episodes, rather than the 17 granted Apatow's other fan favorite, Freaks and Geeks.
Directed by Jake Kasdan (The Zero Effect), the pilot ("Prototype") sets the scene. Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel, Million Dollar Baby) is a nerdy 18-year-old who grew seven inches over the past year and is looking to make a new start at the University of North Eastern California. Well, good news, bad news. At his first party, he makes it with Lizzie (Carla Gallo, Carniv®§le), the bubbly girl down the hall--then finds out she has a boyfriend. Worse yet, Steven's dad, Hal (singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III), crashes it to announce he's getting divorced. Fortunately, Hal hits it off with Steven's roommates: Marshall (Timm Sharp, Six Feet Under), Ron (Seth Rogen, Freaks and Geeks), and Brit chick magnet Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam, Nicholas Nickleby). Other regulars include Lizzie's boyfriend, Eric (Jason Segel, Freaks and Geeks), and roommate Rachel (Monica Keena, Entourage).
Steven's freshman year will be an eventful one. Aside from the loss of his virginity, he'll get his first job ("Jobs, Jobs, Jobs "), he'll meet Adam Sandler ("The Assistant"), he'll hire a speed freak (Will Ferrell) to write a term paper ("Addicts"), and his RA (Amy Poehler) will have a fling with his dad ("Hal and Hillary"). Other guests include Fred Willard ("So You Have a Boyfriend"), Mary Kay Place ("Parent's Weekend"), and Ben Stiller (the Jon Favreau-directed "Eric's POV"). This set includes all 16 episodes, plus one that wasn't broadcast ("God Visits") and an alternate, Ted Nugent-ified version of the second ("Full Bluntal Nugetry"). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Not quite 'Freaks and Geeks', but still very appealing From Judd Apatow, of 'Freaks and Geeks' and '40-Year Old Virgin' fame. Not up to the high level of 'Freaks', which perfectly captured high school (at least the era that I was there). But still an entertaining comedy with some smart writing, a good cast of characters, and some genuine laugh moments. Also, perfect for airplane watching....more info
underrated This show is hilarious! For anyone that loves the recent apatow movies or the shows predecessor Freaks and Geeks. You will be amazed at all the now famous comedians with bit parts in this show. Jenna Fisher even had a brief cameo. Check out this show!...more info
Yet another in a seemingly endless number of excellent shows that FOX developed and then cancelled I really enjoyed watching this show on DVD (I didn't catch it when it was broadcast), but it has had the side effect of increasing my irritation at FOX. Jut how many excellent shows have they developed only to cancel over the years? FOX has demonstrated a wonderful ability to choose great shows to order for broadcast, but a stunning inability to support and develop them. They are seemingly incapable of nurturing a show. Their attitude seems to be that if a show isn't an instant and huge hit, can it. Things seem to have improved a bit under Kevin Reilly, though I remain nervous that DOLLHOUSE, one of the most provocative and interesting shows on TV, might not make it to a second season, largely because it has pulled in only average numbers after being stuck on Friday nights. FOX has actually developed enough great shows over the years to fill the schedule of two networks, but their ineptness and failure to stick with dozens of fine shows has fostered tremendous fan irritation and ill will.
I loved watching UNDECLARED despite being a complete nonfan of Judd Apatow and his cadre of fellow filmmakers. The only thing he has been associated with that I have loved completely has been FREAKS AND GEEKS. I should add that I'm especially a nonfan of Seth Rogen, whose box office success is one of the more unfathomable mysteries of the past decade. So, when I say that I enjoyed UNDECLARED, this is the opinion of someone who disliked THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP.
I suspect that one of the unsung heroes of both UNDECLARED and FREAKS AND GEEKS is casting director Allison Jones. Both of these shows feature an amazing number of talented young actors. Watching either you see an amazing number of actors who have gone on in this decade to have success either in film or on TV. What this means is that Jones has a great eye for talent. In the series pilot, for instance, two small roles are filled by Jenna Fischer (who has gotten Emmy nominations for playing Pam on THE OFFICE) and Tom Welling (who has for the past eight years been Clark Kent on SMALLVILLE). One could cite a huge number of examples of minor characters played by people who later because better known for other roles. A few would include Kevin Rankin (best known perhaps as Herc on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), Sarah Jane Morris (BROTHERS AND SISTERS), Alexa Davalos (ANGEL and REUNION), Lizzie Caplan (TRUE BLOOD and currently on PARTY DOWN), David Krumholtz (SERENITY and NUMBERS), Amy Poehler (at about the same time she joined the cast of SNL, but definitely before she was well known), and Felicia Day (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG). And a huge number of FREAKS AND GEEKS actors appeared on the show. In addition to Seth Rogen, who was not only one of the main actors on the show but also a major writer, Jason Segal had a recurring role. And a huge number of people associated with F&G showed up, including Busy Philipps, Martin Short, Samm Levine, Natasha Melnick (Cindy Sanders, Sam Weir's big crush on F&G), Mike White, Lizzy Caplan, and many others in either very small roles in each or in more sizable guest cameos, like Ben Stiller. Now, these aren't by and large major stars, but UNDECLARED nonetheless had a substantial number of quite talented individuals, and this unquestionably contributed to the show's success.
I very much enjoyed the core cast for UNDECLARED, most of whom had no connection to FREAKS AND GEEKS. I even enjoyed Seth Rogen, who I hated in F&G. I loved Jay
Baruchel in the lead role of Stephen Karp (whose dad was played excellently by the funny songwriter Louden Wainwright) and thought that Carla Gallo was really cute and sweet as his first college girlfriend Lizzie. The rest of the cast was also strong and as a group had great chemistry. All in all, it easily goes down as one of the best shows about college in the history of TV. I'm not sure why, but while there have been numerous excellent shows dealing with high school life, there have been astonishingly few dealing with college. Even truly great shows like BUFFY and VERONICA MARS stumbled somewhat when they hit college.
Unfortunately, FOX did what FOX does . . . well, if not best, at least all too frequently. It killed it. Over the years the list of shows that FOX has killed off definitely exceeds in quality the list of those that they keep around. Like I said at the outset, it may be improving under Kevin Reilly. What he decides to do with the two superb series DOLLHOUSE and TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES will show whether he is breaking with FOX's past or if he will perpetuate the network's tradition of killing off good shows.
I watched this via DVDs that I rented from Netflix. I don't know how to account for this, but the discs that I received duplicated an episode. "Truth or Dare" was on two of the discs, while "Rush and Pledge" was on none. I wouldn't have caught the omission of "Rush and Pledge" but for the "Previously on . . . " that began the episode "Hell Week." Also, if you compare the play order as the episodes appear on the DVDs with their original broadcast order, they are dramatically different. Usually this indicates that the network dictated a reordering of the episodes. But the odd thing is that there are numerous timeline incompatibilities on the DVDs as a result. Because I was renting rather than buying, I didn't take the time to work through the commentaries. Perhaps the conflicts are explained there.
Speaking of commentaries, UNDECLARED, like FREAKS AND GEEKS, has a vast number of special features. There are commentaries, deleted scenes, and a bonus disc. I wish all DVD versions of TV series were so generous. For instance, I love FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (in fact, much more than either FREAKS AND GEEKS or UNDECLARED), but it is relatively devoid of special features. ...more info
A Fine Example of Judd Apatow's Excellence Judd Apatow, who would later go on to become the "Mayor of Comedy" (though I think he's the reigning king), started his career by working on fantastic television shows. He executive produced Freaks and Geeks, the best high school comedy/drama ever, and created/executive produced this show, UNDECLARED. Much like Freaks and Geeks, UNDECLARED was hilarious, heartfelt, and explored the painful and sometimes hopeful truths of adolescent life in a really unconventional way. Unfortunately, like Freaks and Geeks, UNDECLARED was cancelled after its first season. But the story doesn't end there. Again like Freaks and Geeks, UNDECLARED lives on and thrives in this expansive DVD set, collecting all the episodes and a whole bunch of special features. Fans of the show from when it was aired will get a healthy dose of nostalgia and be reminded why the show rocks so much, and newer Judd Apatow fans (after 2007 and 2008, who isn't a Judd fan?) will be thrilled that the guy put as much humor and heart into the show as he does into his movies.
UNDECLARED isn't one of those shows that creeps up on you and, halfway into the season, you love the characters. Nope. What you see in the pilot is pretty much what you get. Consistent quality and laughs throughout. Fans of Freaks and Geeks and Judd's films will recognize a lot of the cast members from his other works, which is awesome to say the least. It makes the creative team and acting talent feel like a cohesive unit, almost like a family of extremely talented folks with like minds, working together to create goodness. The best comparison I can think of regarding the show isn't to the tone of Freaks and Geeks, because it's a lot less of a drama than that show was. It's more of a network TV sitcom version of the The 40-Year-Old Virgin crew or the Knocked Up guys set in college. I initially panicked at the word sitcom, too, but don't worry. The ba-dum-cha! humor of sitcoms isn't here, it's all Judd. Also... no laugh track.
Couldn't do a review of a Judd Apatow project without talking about the characters. We've got Steven Karp, played by Jay Baruchel, who is the lanky, dorky protagonist. Other Judd regulars are here, such as Seth Rogen, who plays Ron and is also a writer for the show. He and Jason Segel (who plays a recurring role as Eric) were the main attractions for me--other than Judd, of course--because they're such talented dudes that they can turn a seemingly every day conversation into a laugh fit. And no one plays lovesick better than Jason Segel. Carla Gallo, the beautiful Monica Keena, Charlie Hunnam, the most convincing slacker Timm Sharp, and folk singer Loudon Wainwright III round out the cast. Judd and the producers worked on the characters based not on initial scripts, but based on the personality of the actor. It lead to great and believable performances from everyone.
I'm almost glad I wasn't aware of the show when it first aired, because the cancellation really would have hurt. But even though the show didn't get the run it deserved, at least we know this. We've got a great DVD set, and Judd Apatow is a) making millions now and b) makes movies that we all love.
Loved the show, love the DVD set. My family enjoyed this show when it was on TV. My son came home with the "Freaks and Geeks" box set, at which time I looked to see if Undeclared was available on DVD. Had to have it for our collection. Great series showcasing a lot of young talent that viewers will recognize as the stars of some of today's most popular movies and TV shows. The series is based on a group of freshman college students and what life can be like that first year living on your own in a dorm and trying to decide what to do with the rest of your life. Great writing, talented acting - I can't understand why it was cancelled in the first place but am glad to have the DVD set....more info
Another Fox blunder Fantastic show that suffered from the stupid leadership at Fox that killed great shows like this and the Tick and Family Guy, then crammed Bernie Mac down our throats....more info
Best Television Show Ever Never before has television moved this guy in such a life changing way. This series captures life of college freshmen better than life itself. Please support this show and purchase so that my dream of a reemergence of this heaven sent entertainment. As sarcastic as this message sounds it is completely sincere....more info
Great show! Coming soon to DVD! I watched every episode of this show and it was so hilarious! I couldn't believe it when it got cancelled. Anyways, I was catching up on DVD info because I've been on vacation for two weeks and came across this announcement on davisdvd.com:
Creator Judd Apatow's follow-up to "Freaks And Geeks," Undeclared: The Complete Series will be released on August 16th from Shout! Factory. The four-disc set will feature seventeen episodes from the show's 2001-2002 Fox run. Extras include two never-before-seen episodes, eighteen commentary tracks (with directors, writers and cast), deleted scenes, bloopers, rehearsals, behind-the-scenes footage, table reads, audition tapes, footage from the Museum of Television & Radio Q&A, Loudon Wainwright live concert footage and a 24-page booklet. Retail is $49.98.
Release Date From what I've read elsewhere, "Undeclared" will be out on DVD on July 5, 2005. Reserve your copy today, why dontcha?...more info
RELEASE THIS DVD NOW!!! BUY THIS DVD NOW!!! This is exactly the type of show that should be released on DVD. It was a great show that truly captured dorm life with wit and wisdom. Maybe the DVD will sell so many copies, they'll bring it back like The Family Guy. Every college student should buy this DVD. Heck, EVERYONE should buy this DVD. ...more info
Can't wait... I absolutely can't wait for this to come out. I loved the show when it was aired and was extremely disappointed when it was taken off. I'm glad the offical review is up there. Can't wait to get it......more info
I Get Judd Apatow's Sense Of Humor! However, some people just don't seem to understand it. I, for one, am a big fan. I thought "Freaks & Geeks" was exceptional, but after it was cancelled I was quite disappointed. Then I heard about "Undeclared." I watched it, I thought it was a great show, and then that was cancelled too! I was glad to have "Freaks & Geeks" released on DVD, and I will be extremely happy to have this released to DVD as well! It's a well rounded show that describes college life for the everyday student. Plus, it's damn funny! All I can add is that I hope it's released soon!...more info
Can't wait I loved the show while it was on the air. Since i've gone off to college and showed my dormmates some episodes, they've become big fans as well. They all laugh at how real Judd Apatow got it and how dorm life was at the same time stupid and fulfilling. I can't wait until the series comes out to dvd....more info
Funny Show I loved this show, every episode had me laughing so hard. The actors where wonderful in it. I can not wait for the DVD to come out. It was sad when they didn't pick the show up for another season....more info
fun but cut short It's not the best show that ever was, but the cast is great. I recommend seeing if you liked freaks and geeks. ...more info
Fox Sucks The powers that be at Fox must be greedy, humorless dicks. They don't seem to understand what makes good television anymore. With the exception of shows like The Simpsons and That 70s show, Fox pretty much cans any good comedy that they broadcast. Between Undeclared, Futurama, Arrested Development, and pre-ressurection Family Guy, Fox has successfully managed to kill some of the best comedies to come out in the last decade.
Undeclared was really, really good. So good, in fact, that I found myself really caring about every character in the show. Even the minor characters, whose stories weren't as fleshed out, were well written and believable. The only complaint I would have is that the female characters never seemed as well-rounded as their male counterparts, usually seeming like cliches of typical college girls rather than entirely believable women.
I'd never previously seen Undeclared when I bought the DVD, so I was incredibly disappointed when I popped in Disc 4 to find out that I had already watched the last episode. You could see the last episode as a conclusion of sorts, albeit a very weak one, and it's obvious that it just got dumped by FOX before it even really had a chance to wrap up ideas set up in the 17 episodes. Still though, Undeclared was an awesome show that managed to have heart while still being thoroughly hilarious. Definately worth a look....more info
Undeclared First of all, Why this didnt get picked up for a second season is beyond me. What the hell do you have to do to create a good show?? This had everything. Great relatable characters, relationship changes, everything made sence and it didnt suck. In fact it is really well written as well. I like this better than Freaks and Geeks, because to tell you the truth. Freaks is way to depressing to watch and well it portrays realism very very well, Its just not that funny, and its too sad. However if there is something sad here, its quickly thrown away lightheartidly and changed. This is a great show and its sad because it could've lasted a very long time....more info
Fox really used to suck. As I watched Undeclared on television I was often confused thinking that I was watching a rerun that I had missed. Now knowing that stupid studio execs at Fox were airing several of their shows out of order. Seems like they didn't want the shows to succeed and then cancel them immediately.
Undeclared was a funny and familiar (as in true to life take) on college life in sitcom form....more info
Nearly Perfect I haven't seen this series since the original run. So when I picked it up on dvd, I wasn't sure if it was going to be as good as I remembered. Luckily it exceeded my expectations. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed watching this show. It was a crime that it was canceled before it had a chance to get enough buzz to raise the ratings. The casting is perfect and the humor stands up well. You will recognize some of the people(playing new characters) from Freaks and Geeks. If you did not watch that show, then you will see many familiar faces from Aptow's movies in this series. You also have an appearance by Adam Sandler in one episode. This is a series worth picking up....more info
One Of The Most Overlooked Series! Undeclared is a great series overall that cannot go overlooked because it only aired for one season. The shows creator Judd Apatow has a way of making shows or movies that for some reason I can easily relate to, whether it be the hardships of high school (Freaks and Geeks), the struggle of a man's quest to get laid (40 Year Old Virgin), or the crazy, unforgettable antics that are involved with college life. To me the genius of Undeclared can be seen in every episode because each one accurately depicts actual situations that one would encounter in their freshman year of college, whether it be pursing a girl that you like, experiencing the freshman 15, or getting a credit card and using it wastefully.
Overall this is a great series that was sadly canceled prematurely, but thankfully was released on DVD in it's entirety which also includes great commentary for all the episodes.
TOTALLY HYSTERICAL!!!!!!! This is just as good as Freaks and Geeks. I loved both shows SO MUCH!!! If you ever went to college it will make you laugh and cry, mostly laugh. I hope Judd Apatow and Paul Feig never ever ever give up making great shows, even though they keep geting screwed by the networks. They are GENIUSES!!!! Please do yourself a favor and buy this - I swear it will make you happy!...more info
Every College Students bible Greatest to never last more than a season. One of the best shows no one remebers. I recommend everyone who loves watching the misfortunes of others pick this up. Great idea of what college life can be like and how it doesn't matter what you major in as long as you party every chance you get!...more info
As a carry-on of Freaks This is good. As a follow on to Freaks and Geeks, with many of the same actors appearing, this series took college days realism to new heights. Funny, poignant and still realistic is hard to achieve. The plot falters in a few episodes but the series was just hitting its stride by the end of the season. Another potential classic canceled too soon. I found the series thoroughly enjoyable. For any fan of Freaks and Geeks this is required viewing. For all others, if you have a real sense of humor and went to college, or just visited friends there alot, this is something you'll enjoy. ...more info
I almost died laughing! This show was hilarious! I didn't watch it when it was initially on because I was turned off by the comercial spots. When it came out on DVD I picked it up on a lark. The writing was awesome and the actor were spot-on. It's nice that most of the guys were ordinary-looking rather than being too pretty. My two favorite performances were by Timm Sharp and the girl who plays Tina. He had the funniest reactions to the rest of the cast and she could deliver lines that made my sides hurt because I laughed so hard. Another great thing about this show was that you could identify with the characters or you knew people like them in your life. Judd Apatow has a way of showing people you don't normally see, who are like you and aren't perfect, and putting them into situations that simultaneously make you squirm with discomfort and laugh. Great show. ...more info
Undeclared I never got the chance to watch this while it aired on Fox, but it is a golden show. Thanks Judd Apatow. I enjoy watching the commentaries that go along with these episodes....more info
Fantastic college show! This show has everything: it's funny, realistic (well mostly), and has enjoyable characters. If you've ever lived in a college dorm, you'll relate to this show or at least appreciate the humor.
First of all, this is not Freaks and Geeks. It's a different show. If you want Freaks and Geeks, go buy Freaks and Geeks.
The charm of this show, in my opinion, is that it's not glamorous Hollywood fiction. These are pretty real portrayals of college students in fairly real situations. The girls are cute, but not drop dead gorgeous. The only person I think is way too pretty is Lloyd the British guy (but girls need eye candy too). Steven is a recovering dorky guy who is trying to be cool in college. Ron is a horny slob and Marshall is the odd-but-amusing music major. Even the girls are real. Lizzie struggles between the boys at college and her clinging boyfriend back home. Rachel is the shy girl who turns wild as she gets comfortable at college.
Even the situations are real. Rather than a bunch of glorified "OC" crap, people can actually relate to this stuff. The characters deal with parents weekend, getting cafeteria jobs, crazy roommates, cruel fraternities, and a clinging father who was thrown out of the house. The episodes are funny, but you really get to like these guys and want to see more episodes.
Not every episode is perfect though. The "Marshall gets sick" episode is tedious, and the Adam Sandler episode (unfortunately) is annoying. Otherwise they are all pretty entertaining. Too bad this show was cancelled, I really miss it....more info
ok but NOT freaks and geeks PROS:
__This show is cute.
__I LOL many times.
__Good extra features included.
1- NOT freaks and geeks (which was GREAT).
_______Undeclared is fluff tv................... - (unlike F&G)
_______female characters are weak.......... - (unlike F&G)
_______95% from male POV.................... - (unlike F&G)
_______didn't relate to anything in my life. - (unlike F&G)
i'm declared...2 stars the show started ok, but midway into the second disk, the shows started to have a sameness to them and i got bored. it was fun to see some of the cast of the 40 yo virgin in the series, but overall, if noone ever saw or heard from this series again, civilization will go on just fine. ...more info
Not Good...save your money please!!! First off I like to say I LOVED freaks and geeks. I bought this because alot of the same actors were in it and judd wrote it. But changing the comedy into a half hour show and not having that comedy/drama or ok to sum it up The Show is just NOT FUNNY. God help me watch the rest of this because I will I paid for the set so ill watch it looking forward to the one with will ferrel if i make it that far....more info
Best Show EVER!!! This show is hilarious and it's a shame it was cancelled. The collection is great and I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about going to college, currently in college, reflecting on their time in college, or just wondering what the whole college experience is about....more info
Apatow Does It Again Judd Apatow could very well be the funniest man in the movie business right now. Before Anchorman, but after Heavey Weights, there was the TV Show Undeclared. Many people feel the need to compare this show to Apatow's other great accomplishment in television history, Freaks and Geeks, but it does not give the show the proper credit it deserves. Freaks and Geeks was an hour long drama; Undeclared was a half-hour of straight up comedy. Pretend both shows are your children; you could no sooner choose a favorite child because they are both beautiful and unique.
One of the great things about Apatow productions is all the cameos. Not even just of famous people, like Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Will Ferrell, but of other characters too, like Martin Starr and Samm Levine, Bill Haverchuck and Neil Schweiber, respectfully, of Freaks and Geeks.
Like I mentioned earlier, another aspect that makes this different from Freaks and Geeks is that the show is a comedy. They don't really delve into super serious topics, like broken homes and the problems of peer pressure, but instead, lightly brush against them in a comedic fashion.
There's a character for everyone to fall in love with: for me, it's the main character, Steven Carp, because he is just so geeky. But there is the hott British exchange student, the lovable Seth Rogen who dresses like an old man and still remains hilarious, oddball Marshall, the girl-next door, and the party-girl.
If you're a fan of Judd Apatow and his friends, I'm fairly certain that you'll enjoy yet another Apatow achievement....more info
Apatow does it again An incredible cast and masterful writing and directing are landmarks of any project Judd Apatow or Seth Rogen undertake. This series is no exception. All 17 episodes are hysterical, moving, and full of truths. The guest stars are fantastic...Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, Amy Poehler, and the list goes on and on. The special features are fun and informative and packed in. Need I say more? ...more info
TV Finally Gets College Life Right, Then Promptly Cancles It I remember when Bill Cosby was promoting his then new show "A Different World". He said that this would be about what college is "really" like, kids waiting to the last minute to write their papers, all nighters, bad roommates...you get the picture. So it was an ultimate disappointment to discover that "A Different World" would be nothing more than a semi-romantic comedy about Whitney and Dwayne Wayne. In fact the show would not have even survived it's first season had it not been sandwiched in between "The Cosby Show" and "Cheers". What ever became of it's real world college stories is a mystery, that is until "Undeclared" stumbled across them and finally put them on air.
Steven Karp, a freshman at a state university in California enters the world of dorms, no money, room parties, frats, and of course college academics. In this tragically short 16 episode series that ran on FOX back in 2001, Steven leaves home for the first time only to discover that his home is right behind him in the form of his Dad who can't seem to let his son go. Steven encounters love, ex-boyfriends, psyho R.A.s, and a really crummy school cafeteria job.
Judd Apatow, the creator of "Freaks and Geeks" also produced "Undeclared". The relationship between the two shows is uncanny, most actors from "Freaks" make their way on to the set of "Undeclared" and though the writing is a little uneven at first, the series does get it's momentum going and ends it's run as a shinning companion to
"Freaks and Geeks". The DVD is packed with commentary, audition tapes, a ton of extra material that's actually fun to watch and some nifty stuff like a cast and crew Q&A. So enjoy your 100+ shows of "A Different World", a show that could have been so much more, while I hug to death my 16 episodes of "Undeclared", a show that was everything I wanted it to be....more info
What an excellent show!! When Undeclared was on I really was too young to grasp the concept of college life. I gave it a small chance the one day and just wasn't really into it. Then the internet came to my rescue. I downloaded the first episode and watched it. I was laughing so hard that it was hard to imagine I never liked the show. Then I saw the dvd was out. I picked it up and I have been watching the episodes religiously! Since then I have also introduced it to my friends and they love it too.
What makes the show good is the cast. They are great at their characters. Lucien, Steven, Eric, Lizzie, Rachel. They all have that great awesome down to earth feel to them. My favorite moment is when they are doing lizzie's hair and steven just wants to eat candy and watch porn. Just to hear them screaming the background and just being guys just makes me think of my friends. It's stuff like that that makes the show enjoyable. All this stuff could happen to me and sometimes has.
I am so sad that there is no more episodes because I think this show would really hit it off right now. They put it on after 9/11 so obviously people were concerned with national security, not the foibles of college teens. Maybe we could get another run, but I doubt it. Just enjoy all the episodes that they have to offer and hope all the fans come out and buy the dvd to make them consider putting it back on....more info
Chicken Parmigiana and the Last Boy Scout There are certain television shows that please critics and receive praise from those in the television industry, yet never find a big enough fan base to become truly popular. Arrested Development is such a show today, Freaks and Geeks was another that fit this bill.
Undeclared was certainly a show that was never quite appreciated by audiences, and watching this DVD, it is apparent that people who weren't watching were truly missing out on one of the great looks at college life in modern television.
The show was created by Judd Apatow, the man behind Freaks and Geeks, and now known better as the man behind The 40 Year Old Virgin. Undeclared became his second show in just a few years to last only one year before being cancelled. And it's too bad, because this show really gave a great look at college life.
The show centered around Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel) the typical, nervous freshman, looking to reinvent himself in college, and trying to figure out just who he wanted to be. Baruchel is absolutely perfect in this role. His skinny frame helps his appearance of nervousness and apprehension at every new experience he finds in college. I find myself thinking about people I knew in college, and even of myself a little, and seeing pieces of that in Steven. This was a truly great piece of casting.
Carla Gallo plays Lizzie Exley, the girl of Steven's dreams who happens to live across the hall. While Lizzie is a little more outgoing than Steven, she also is encountering a number of the same problems Steven faces as she enters college. Her biggest issue is her boyfriend, played to perfection by guest star Jason Segel. His jealousness over her friendship and eventual relationship with Steven is a great plot line, one that helps the show stay not only on the college campus, but off it as well.
Monica Keena, who earned distinction as being the first character killed off on Dawson's Creek (Abby Morgan) plays Lizzie's roomate Rachel, the girl who knows she's attractive and uses it to her advantage. Yet at the same time, she can also be the girl next door, much as Lizzie is.
Steven's roomates Lloyd (Charlie Hunnam), Ron (Seth Rogen) and Marshall (Timm Sharp) are truly an eclectic bunch. Lloyd is the charming ladies' man from England, who has absolutely no problems finding ladies. Ron is the resident prankster, often teaming with the others to pick on Steven (in a friendly way). Marshall is the lonely guy, looking for a girl, but really only seeing one, Rachel. The four roomates work very well off each other, each bringing something different to the table.
Christina Payano stars for part of the season as Tina, Lizzie and Rachel''s other roommate. Her character doesn't get a lot of time to develop, as the cancellation stopped any hope for season two.
Legendary folk singer Loudon Wainwright plays Steven's dad, Hal, who breaks the news of his divorce on his son soon after he moves into college. Hal moves close by and eventually starts taking classes on campus, and at one point, even dates one of the RAs in Steven's dorm. He is a constant source of embarrasment for Steven, but at the same time, he is encouraging and supportive of his son.
The show featured guest appearances by a number of great actors. Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Ben Stiller, Fred Willard, Kevin Hart, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, David Krumholtz, Samm Levine, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Kimberly Stewart and many others made apperances throughout the season. An obvious connection to Freaks and Geeks is made, as Levine, Phillips, Segel, Starr and Rogen were all regulars on Apatow's former show. These guest characters however, are used very well and make for a well rounded ensemble.
Possibly the best part about this four disc set is the commentaries. Every single regular cast member sat down for at least one commentary, many did more. Apatow and a number of directors and writers also were featured, as were many of the supporting actors who made guest appearances on the show. Like the Freaks and Geeks set, there is a lot of information in these commentaries, and Shout Factory should be commended for getting all the actors together to do these commentaries.
Additionally, there is a Loudon Wainwright concert, a question and answer with cast and crew at the Museum of Television, a script for a second season episode that never existed and audition tapes for the main actors.
This truly is a fine set, with great extras. The high quality of the show made for great television and that fact was captured well in this DVD set....more info
Finally! I had been hoping for the release of this series on DVD forever and finally got my wish not too long ago. "Undeclared" is undoubtedly of the best live-action television sitcoms to come out of the last decade. Witty, heartfelt, altogether brilliant - I can't imagine someone not enjoying this series! The dvd set is beautiful, with a detailed colour booklet and 4 discs, lots of extra features such as deleted scenes and commentaries by the actors, writers and directors. There's also an alternate version of one episode as well as an episode that never aired at all.
The only complaint I have about the dvd set is that it only made me want more "Undeclared", which, sadly, will never be. 17 episodes is all I'll ever have *cries*
But other than that, whether you're one of the people that watched the show religiously during it's short run and mourned it's cancellation for years or whether you've never seen any of the episodes before, it's something everyone can enjoy!
One last note - Fox did not do this series justice. If it were to air today, I have no doubt that it would do extremely well. Unfortunately, "Undeclared" had the sad misfortune of being aired just a couple of weeks after 9/11, when no one was in much of a joking mood. And it didn't help that Fox decided to show almost all of the episodes out of order. Stupid Fox Broadcasting!!
Anyway, my final words on the subject - BUY IT!
Wicked I never watched "Freaks and Geeks" but I was a huge fan of "Undeclared" and thusly I love this DVD set. Original, funny, witty, and an all to accurate portrayal of college life, "Undeclared" was cancelled way too early. My only complaint, and here I think this just so happen to be the DVD I got, but the #3 episode in my set is a repeat of the #2 episode. Only the last minute, when the credits roll is different. However, I think I just got the short end though. One of the best TV shows ever. ...more info
One of the best show YOU will ever watch!!!!! Undeclared started in 2001 and when the pilot aired, I immediatley loved the show. The cast has amazing chemistry, theres great characters, story lines, solid scripts, Overall just a well made show. I have never gone to college but can easily relate to the stuff that goes on in this show. Its AWESOME! :)
BUT damn Fox pretty much killed it by switching its air time, so that no one will ever know when it is on, how do you expect to get good ratings when you move the show to different days every week? From what I heared it was doing good in ratings wise but knowing how greedy Fox is, they expect the show to have ratings like the OC or desperate housewives...ugghh. So I guess Fox would rather have some nanny take care of a bunch of brats or have some psychotic british chef or all the other crap that they've been airing rather than a show that was a classic in the makings.
...Well enough for my rambling on on my hatred for Fox for doing this. Onto the dvd itself, yeah its not in chronological order story wise but really who cares. It has alot of extras, all 18 episodes have commentary from the ENTIRE Cast! it also has unaired footage for all the eps as well, rehearsals, auditions, cast talking about the show live in Q&A, Loudon Wainwright (Hal) Live and an UNPRODUCED SCRIPT!!
I am definitley happy with this DVD and glad that they put it on DVD and so will you when you buy it.
This show definitley needs to come back on air!! WE NEED TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
College life never as sweet as it gets I love this show. I haven't seen a show that is so realistic abt college life. I have just finished college and have been living in the dorm for the better four years. I missed how things in the dorm are sometimes stupid and hiliarious, but somehow realistic.. throwing waterbomb to people, playing pranks, drinking hardcore for the whole night and the "nudity run" which is our dorm tradition. But things which I missed the most and which made this show so brilliant are the relationships between the roomates, your neighbours and the crush on the girl in your coridor... These are something that you can never experienced again as soon as you get into the real world. ...more info