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What Ever Happened to . . . Undeclared

Run: 2001-2002
Opening credits

April 2, 2010

Impact: Undeclared, a one-season wonder from comedy ringleader Judd Apatow, came shortly after his other, similarly short-lived and dearly beloved one-season wonder, Freaks and Geeks. Both were single-camera ensemble comedies, but Undeclared traded its predecessor's 60-minute high-school-based format for a more sitcomy half-hour in a college dorm. It aired on Fox, which is reason enough for a non-animated comedy to expect an uphill battle, and it debuted only two weeks after 9/11. The network aired episodes out of order, ratings dipped and dived, and the plug was pulled after 16 episodes—very abruptly. (Seriously, the "finale" just sort ... ends.) But this warm, silly, critically acclaimed series lives on in DVD form, including an unaired episode, and serves as a time capsule for some of the funniest folks working in show business today.

Where are they now?

Jay Baruchel (Steven Karp)

As of last month, you have seen Baruchel in everything: He played the lead in She's Out of My League and voiced the main part in How to Train Your Dragon. He had a turn as a neurotic in Apatow's Knocked Up as Jay (a stretch) and played an uptight acting newbie in Tropic Thunder. It appears Baruchel has found his niche, and he plays it well, growing into one of comedy's most reliable stars. Look for him later this year in The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Notre Dame de Grace—an independent film named for the Montreal borough he grew up in about three friends scared of a serial killer on the loose. He's so loyal to the area, in fact, that he still lives three blocks away from his mom. Aww . . .

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