Judging Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks versus Undeclared pre-fight preview)

My laptop has 300GB worth of free space.

On the other hand, my officemate has a ton-load of downloaded movies waiting to be owned.

You know what that means right?


For two weeks now, I became an ardent fan of Judd Apatow. For those unfamiliar with his work, he was the one who produced, directed, and wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Funny People. He also bills as either writer or producer for The Cable Guy, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Pineapple Express, and Year One. He also created Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared.

Undeclared centered on the highs and lows of college life. Just like the TV series Arrested Development, the show tanked in the ratings but was loved by the critics. It was cancelled after only 15 episodes (17 if you check out the DVD). It preceded Freaks and Geeks another Apatow show that lived under 20 episodes before getting the axe.


Yes, I know the term “you can’t say it’s good if you can’t sell it” fits this appropriately but it seems like these shows were ahead of their time. Undeclared wrapped up in the early 2003, which was a year after the cancellation of Freaks and Geeks. It became a cult favorite when it became a DVD release, especially to the young adult demographic (this is the same folks that barely watch TV when the show was airing).

The thing I like about Apatow’s films is while they seem shallow; they do not rely on any CGI to get their message across. It seriously help that his storylines are something that I wished I thought of myself. I am led to believe that most of things that I watched from him were in some form related to his experiences which makes me applaud the awesomeness of his stories’ premise (Knocked Up, 40-Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are my favorites while Year One could be a mere kink in his armor).

I recently just got hold of the complete season of Freaks and Geeks (6GB of my laptop’s memory sacrificed) and over the weekend I’ll try to check out what out-comedies what!

I still think Undeclared kicks more ass than F&G and this is not because that I already finished watching it while I have yet to scour F&G!

How’s that possible?

Google “Monica Keena”.

Game Over.


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