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College life is seen through the eyes of the "new and improved" Steven Karp, who grew seven inches over summer--going from scrawny high-school nerd to potentially handsome college student. Steven meets his British roommate, Lloyd, a suave theater major who enlightens him in the ways of women. They share a suite with Marshall, a music major, and Ron, a business major. They all live just across the hall from Lizzie, the girl who "stole" Steven's virginity (and heart) but has a 'loving' and 'creative' boyfriend back home. And then there's Rachel, Lizzie's panic-stricken roommate. Together they help each other face the freedoms and responsibilities that come along with being away from home for the first time.

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    • Kudos Apatow. Well played, sir.


      I think my onomatopoeia is off a little on that one. Picture me kicking my self in the ass as I make the realization that I'm an idiot for not watching this show seven years ago.

      It's hilarious. It's fantastic. It's awesome. It's like a majestically unique little butterfly. It's just so freaking beautiful, you know? But it was crushed. Crushed by an apathetic populous and a network that was obviously incapable of seeing Apatow's genius. I mean, dude has gone on to gross over a billion dollars at the box office and probably a couple more in DVD sales.


      Seriously though, I've only watched five episodes and I'm in love. I want to have Undeclared's child. I don't care about the impossibilities of a man birthing a television show's child because I can't think of a more lovely way to say "I love you."

      Alright, maybe that's a little creepy but this show really is freaking hilarious. I'm usually a pretentious sort of prick when it comes to scores (Unless we're talking about the gentleman's club then I'm just a hard one. That was wrong and I apologize.) but I can't in good conscious give this show less than a 10 out of 10 so I'm giving it a handsome 19 outta 10.moreless
    • What was FOX thinking when it canceled this GEM?

      This show is hilarious, touching, greatly acted and written. Sadly, we only have 17 episodes of it on the DVD because of the show's cancellation. The cast is one the best assembled. Almost every single character from this show has gone on to do amazing things with their careers in television, movies and music. The show revolved around a 'gang' of 6 friends - 4 males and 2 females - who all live on the same floor during their freshman year of college. The guest stars in this show include Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller, all in episodes that will have you laughing out loud. A magnificent show that should have never been canceled. Another superb decision by FOX. I guess they thought people would rather watch the garbage they currently put on television, such as 'Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?' or 'Moment of Truth.'moreless
    • It's not quite Freaks and Geeks, but it's funny, heartbreaking well written and well casted, and achingly real. Unsurprisingly, it was canceled after one season.

      Undeclared was created and produced by Judd Appatow, now known as the movie comedy superstar behind The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, SuperBad and others. However, after Undeclared was canceled after 17 episodes, it was just another show that went down the drain for Appatow. Two previous critically acclaimed shows he worked on, The Ben Stiller Show and Freaks and Geeks were also cancelled after a single season. Undeclared isn't quite as good as Freaks and Geeks, but it's close. Jay Baruchel (Knocked Up) plays Steven Karp, a high school nerd, who after a sudden growth spurt wants to start all over in college, but his increasingly needy father Hal, who recently divorced his wife (the perfectly cast Loudon Wainwright III) may interfere. Meanwhile, he meets Ron (Seth Rogen, as in Freaks & Geeks, he's funny, but decidedly funnier in movies), quirky Marshall, and British smooth talker Lloyd. He soon falls for Lizzie, although her crazy stalker boyfriend (the stellar Jason Segel, another F&G alum) may pose a problem. Unlike most sitcoms, the show is realistic, in story and dialogue. The main reason it's lesser than F&G, is that its characters, while memorable, aren't the amazing cast that was on F&G. Still, it's a perfect college counterpart for what may be the best high school show ever. Undeclared is funny, touching and real. It's gone now but it will not be forgotten. DVD set is great.moreless
    • This show brought us college life from almost every point imaginable. From the geeky virgin (Steven), to the lothario (Lloyd) and even the parents (Hal).

      Undeclared was/is probably the best look at college life that I've seen on TV yet. Anyone who has attended university will be able to see themselves in at least one character of this short lived much loved series. Maybe that's why this show failed, it was aimed at a bit of a niche market. I'm sure that there were those who never attend a post secondary institute who loved this show but for the most part the show was aimed at those who had gone through the pain of university. The having to start new friendships, the first time with roomates, pressures to join the right groups. These are all things we experience in life but in college your bombarded with these events so quickly that it leaves you questioning yourself and your motives. This show captured all of that and still made you laugh out loud. Maybe it was because I was in college when this show debuted on the Fox network or maybe it was because I identified completely with Ron but this show showed me/us that we weren't alone in are travels down the educationary highway.

      Judd Apatow was a genius and it's a little sad that he's only being acknowledged now. I wonder if the 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Anchorman and Superbad had come out first and then Undeclared would the show still be on the air? I think so. But like many great shows that were cancelled too soon, hello Sportsnight, I can always relive those moments on DVD.moreless
    • Everything that seems so promising in the first two episodes is completely sucked out by the third, leaving Undeclared just another by-the-numbers lifeless sitcom.

      Sorry, diehard fans- but I feel a lot of you are in denial. After viewing 6 episodes I can take no more. Undeclared is unworthy and Fox was right to cancel it. The first two episodes are smart, witty, and full of very entertaining moments. By the third episode you can tell that fox executives got their hands on another show with great potential and turned it into a routine mediocre sitcom. One of the shows biggest mistakes was removing the floor RA early in the shows run. This character offered slap stick humor on the side, which if they had left him on, could have become much more developed and possibly become one of the best character’s on the show. Another major mistake came in the decision to keep the Liz character’s boyfriend as a constant threat for a lot longer. Their telephone conversations were downright hilarious. Where the show really fails is where is in not properly portraying an accurate depiction of the college experience. The characters really are not a bunch of lame-o's, so why don't they go to parties? What kind of dumbass's would have Adam Sandler visit and not throw a raging floor party kegger? Whatever. Show disappoints. Judd Apatow should stick with film.moreless
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    ensemble cast, for nerds, single camera sitcom, for the nostalgic, funny fat guy