Review: ‘Undeclared’

Judd Apatow's "Trilogy of TV Frustration" comes to a close with the release of Shout Factory's four-disc "Undeclared." The 2001 Fox sitcom was Apatow's follow-up to his and Paul Feig's "Freaks and Geeks," and like that NBC dramedy and Fox's "The Ben Stiller Show," it was critically praised, adored by a core group of fans and short-lived.

Exec producer Judd Apatow’s “Trilogy of TV Frustration” comes to a close with the release of Shout Factory’s four-disc “Undeclared.” The 2001 Fox sitcom was Apatow’s follow-up to his and Paul Feig’s “Freaks and Geeks” (1999), and like that NBC dramedy and Fox’s 1992 sketch program “The Ben Stiller Show,” it was critically praised, adored by a core group of fans and short-lived. None saw a second season.

Apatow picks up where he left off on “Freaks and Geeks” commentary, conveying, in a funny and endearing way, the disappointment of working on a show in which everything went right — except the ratings. The college dorm-set comedy gets Shout Factory’s full-frills treatment, including commentary by a wide range of cast and crew and extras for all 17 episodes (even one that never aired). Luckily, Apatow fared better with “Anchorman.” The set coincides with the debut of “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” which he directed and co-wrote.

Undeclared

Shout Factory, $49.98
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