IFC has acquired the complete series of Judd Apatow's Emmy®-winning high school comedy "Freaks and Geeks" (18 episodes) and college spinoff "Undeclared" (17 episodes) from Paramount Pictures Corporation. These two cult TV hits helped launch the careers of Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, among other young stars.
"Freaks and Geeks" will premiere on IFC on Friday, July 2 at 11 pm, et/pt, and encore on Mondays at 11 pm and Sundays at 10 pm. "Undeclared" will debut on IFC this fall. A previously unaired episode of "Undeclared" will make its U.S. television debut on IFC.
"Freaks and Geeks" is set in the 1980s at McKinley High where therere two different groups of teenagers: the Freaks with cool and charismatic Daniel Desario (James Franco) and tomboy Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini), and the Geeks with Lindsays shy younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley), gentle Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr), and self-proclaimed ladies man Neal Schweiber (Samm Levine,).
"Undeclared" paired creator and executive producer Apatow with directors such as Kasdan together again along with stars Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. The series, which was also produced by Apatow Productions in association with DreamWorks Television, aired on FOX for one season (2001-2002). The comedy series follows an eclectic group of college freshmen as they experience their first year at the University of North Eastern California (UNEC). College life is seen through the eyes of the new and improved Steven Karp (Jay Baruchel), who goes from scrawny high school nerd to potentially handsome college guy over the course of one summer. The series also features Jenna Fischer, Carla Gallo and Charlie Hunnam.