When Freaks and Geeks, the one-season
series about, well, freaks and geeks, in high school in 1980, went off the
air, Judd Apatow, the creator of the series, received a slew of letters
begging for a DVD release. He kindly obliged. As a result Freaks and
Geeks is perhaps one of the best shows to ever happen to DVD (it was
one of the best shows to happen to TV, but we see how that turned out).
Most people know Apatow for huge successes on the big screen. The movie
he really got it right in was Anchorman, the preposterously funny
movie starring Will Ferrell as the title role. Apatow's television ventures
are in no way lesser than his film ventures. Really, in many ways they surpass
the blockbusters. This is all good news because Apatow's other underrated
TV comedy, Undeclared, appears in stores August 16.
With relatively good critical success, lesser ratings,
and far better quality, Undeclared aired in the 2001-2002 season.
Undeclared was a sort of big brother sequel to Freaks and Geeks.
The Shout Factory (the show's production company) website calls it, "The
story of Steven Karp, a kid who grew seven inches over summer, changing
from scrawny high-school nerd to potentially handsome college student. He
and his roommate, friends and fellow freshmen help each other face the freedoms
and responsibilities that come along with being away from home for the first
Like Sam Weir in Freaks and Geeks, Steven
Karp deals with his nerd-dom and how it influences his interactions in modern
social settings we all lived through and somehow take for granted. What
makes the shows so great is its brutal honesty that sometimes makes the
viewer cover her eyes or yell at the TV (or, well, I do anyway). All that
stuff you did that you lie awake cringing over comes to your friendly TV
screen in Undeclared. And for some reason it is hilarious and empathetic
at the same time.
The curious or the devoted can find more information on the Shout Factory
(the show's production company) website, www.shoutfactory.com.
Watch a clip for Undeclared by clicking here.
Stay tuned for updates.