Tonight on IFC we are bringing you the finest in Judd Apatow entertainment. Well, the finest after previously declared, at 11 p.m. ET we are showing Undeclared, Apatow’s brilliant yet brutal look at the college years.
The series opens on the first day of school at the University of North Eastern California. Steven Karp finds himself bunking down with Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogen, Timm Sharp, and, well, his dad. Filled with gawky characters, quick wits, and uncomfortable moments, It feels like a natural successor to Freaks and Geeks, even if it is set in the early 2000s in California and not the 80s in Michigan. The show is funny, biting, and cringe-worthy, but ultimately fun to watch, so long as you can stomach reliving your awkward college days. Beer pong!
As with any great show, it really works because of the talented cast. The stars of Undeclared have gone on to brilliant careers that eclipse their early college daze. But that’s true for most people anyway.
Meet the Cast of ‘Undeclared’
Jay Baruchel is Steven Karp, college freshman. Our hero. Since Undeclared left the air, he has struggled to find a break out role. But he makes a living having parts in Tropic Thunder, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist , The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up.
Carla Gallo is Lizzie Exley, the college hottie. You may recognize her from roles in such hit television shows as Carnivale, House (it wasn’t lupus), Californication, Mad Men and, well, Bones.
Steven’s sexy British theater major roommate, Lloyd, is played by Charlie Hunnam. Charlie is now almost unrecognizable as motorcycle badass with a heart of (tarnished) gold, Jax Teller, in FX’s tv show Sons of Anarchy.
Under Judd Apatow’s guidance, Seth Rogen‘s post-Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared career has far out shone his role as Ron Garner, roommate extraordinaire. We’re talking Knocked Up, Superbad, Pineapple Express, Anchorman, and even the true pinnacle of success: The Simpsons.
Lizzie’s roommate Monica Keena hasn’t found the success of some of her Undeclared cohorts, but she did have to choose between her baby and her life on Private Practice, which is definitely something and did a stint on Entourage.
Yes, Amy Poehler was in Undeclared. She is the head R.A. with an eye for fresh(men) meat. If you don’t know who she is, you don’t watch nearly enough television.
Timm Sharp plays Marshall Nesbitt, the fourth man in Steve’s dorm room. He has gone on to a career in television that most notably includes the sitcom Til Death.
When Steven goes to college, his dad, Loudon Wainwright III, goes with him. This is much more entertaining for everyone else than it is for Steven. Loudon Wainwright III is a wildly successful musician and the sire of wildly successful musicians Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright. Go download all of their stuff already!
Jason Segel is Eric, Lizzie’s on-again off-again on-again off-again boyfriend. After Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, Segal went on to major success on both the small screen (as Marshall in How I Met Your Mother) and in the movies with Forgetting Sarah Marshall , Knocked Up, and I Love You, Man.
Undeclared starts tonight on IFC at 11 p.m. ET