Thursday, June 7, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Undeclared

This month’s TV series is Undeclared (2001-2002).

The comedy is about six freshmen starting college, and all the fun and strange experiences that come with that. After working as a producer on Freaks and Geeks, Judd Apatow created this show, which like Freaks and Geeks only lasted one season despite being really funny and good. The show served as a launching point for a number of Hollywood’s current comedic writers and directors like Seth Rogen (doing his first writing), Nicholas Stoller, Jay Chandrasekhar (who had also just directed Super Troopers), John Hamburg, and Greg Mottola. It featured Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena, Seth Rogen, Tim Sharp, and Loudon Wainwright III as series regulars. Jason Segel, Kevin Hart, Jenna Fischer, Kevin Rankin, Kyle Gass, David Krumholtz, Samm Levine, Busy Philipps, Martin Starr, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Sarah Hagen, Allen Covert, Mike White, Fred Willard, Felicia Day, Geoffrey Arend, Simon Helberg, and many more have reoccurring to cameo roles in the series as well. Undeclared works as both a sitcom about a bunch of college freshman studying, falling in love, doing homework, coping with being on their own and classwork, and lots of other typical college stuff, and a great comedy with unique and interesting characters. It is a shame that Fox did not trust the show enough to see it through, cancelling it during its first season. It is a must-see for fans of good comedy sitcoms and Apatow’s work. Check out the trailer.

Available on DVD

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