'Freaks & Geeks' and 'Undeclared': Where would the characters be now? Plus, the best moments from the shows' PaleyFest reunion

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Watching the casts of two of the greatest gone-before-their-time shows to ever exist walk the red carpet last night at PaleyFest’s Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared reunion, it was hard not to notice how everyone had changed (or, if you’re Samm Levine, haven’t changed). This made me wonder: Where would all the characters be if we met up with them ten years later? So because I’m geek, I asked some of the stars.

Samm Levine (Neal, F&G): “Neal went to Stanford. He was top of the class, and he married a beautiful supermodel who was heiress to a Silicon Valley fortune.”

Carla Gallo (Lizzie, Undeclared): “On Sarah Marshall there’s an extra, like an Easter egg, which is Jason Segel and I in bed together. And he’s like, ‘Oh, Lizzie. Are you with Steven? Did you sleep with Steven again?’ and I’m like, ‘Eric, that was ten years ago.’ So I guess my character is with neither of them, but slept with him again. I don’t know. Maybe she’s single. I don’t think she got married. I think she’s out there annoying everyone, being too perky. Maybe still living with Rachel. They’re still single ladies on the town trying to lock down a man. [Laughs].”

John Francis Daley (Sam, F&G): “I think probably doing a job he was happy with, with a wife and several children in a suburban home. He probably didn’t go to far from Michigan. Or he lived the life that Paul Feig ended up living.”

Busy Philipps (Kim, F&G): “I think she’s Laurie Keller [Philipps' character on Cougar Town]. I really do. I really think that Kim Kelly turned into Laurie, but she would be in the early ’90s. She’d be really into, like, the grunge scene — really into Nirvana!”

Judd Apatow (creator): also later revealed that later storylines included Kim getting pregnant and being in the school play, Linda coming back from her summer as a Dead head acid tripping, and Neal joining swing choir. “But we wouldn’t have done it with cool music,” he said.

Here are some other things I learned last night:

*Colin from the Real World: Hawaii auditioned for — and was almost cast in — Jay Baruchel’s role on Undeclared.
Seth Rogen to Baruchel: “Thank God you beat that guy.”
Jason Segel: “Yeah. The show never would have made it.”
Cue: Laughter.

* Judd Apatow cast Timm Sharp because he liked his Total cereal commercials. Seth Rogen preferred his work in the Truth anti-smoking ads.
Rogen: “You were, like, the edgy dude from the Truth ads.”
Apatow: “That’s why we did an episode where you were sick — you just looked sick.”

* Gallo doesn’t mind being the one who does all the weird sex acts in Apatow’s movies and TV shows.
Gallo: “I’m thinking of making a compilation.”
Segel: “I have the compilation.”

*James Franco once threw Philipps to the ground during an intense scene and freaked out the entire cast.
Feig: “I remember calling Judd and saying, ‘Everyone’s lost their mind…”
Philipps: “Everyone?! ONE person.”

* Jarrett Grode is doing much better with the ladies than in his Undeclared days.
Grode: “I’m a drug dealer. I do great.”
Apatow: “I think we found the guy to step in on Two and a Half Men!”

* Segel does a fantastic impression of the OMC song “How Bizarre.”

* Samm Levine did a William Shatner impression during his first audition for Neal and almost lost the role because of it. For the record, based on the the 2-second version he showed the audience, it wasn’t that bad!

* Yes, everyone remembers that Daley was a fetus when they filmed the show.
Rogen: “I will say that John Daley still believed in Santa Claus when we filmed the pilot.”
Daley: “I also didn’t have pubic hair.”

* The person who choreographed Nick’s disco dance contest scene also did Saturday Night Fever.
Feig: “I remember Jason said, ‘Don’t show me a tape or anything. I’m really good.”
Segel: “And I was!”

For some live Tweet action from PaleyFest: @EWSandraG

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  • laylagalise

    I wish I was able to fly in for it. I would have killed to be there.

    • Serenity is one of the Greatest movies this century

      They would all be watching Firefly

      • Ace

        That’s… probably true, actually.

      • Chaz Winterbottom

        What about Lady Bugs?

    • EDWARD 4 EVUHHH!!!!!

      They’d all totally be into TWILIGHT!!!!!!

    • Shiny

      Seriously; why hasn’t Apatow written “Freaks n Geeks: The Motion Picture” yet? I’d rather see that than another Sex and the City.

  • kyle

    That would of been awesome to be at

    • SirLizard

      “Would of”!? How about “would have”? Don’t even get me started on “to be at”…

      • Phantom

        “would’ve” is also acceptable.

      • @ SirLizard

        I bet you kyle has no idea what you’re talking about.

  • MelindaB

    I loved both shows so much. I missed “Undeclared” when it was on, and discovered it on DVD. My brother-in-law’s favorite show was “Freaks and Geeks,” so I gave it a try and loved it. It would have been so great to be at the reunion of the casts.

  • G.R.

    Oh man, I would love to have been there… :D

    ‘F&G’ — I saw the original 1999-2000 run on NBC, including the last three episodes that didn’t air until the summer; the three episodes that NBC never aired (“Kim Kelly is My Friend,” “Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers” and “Noshing and Moshing”), I got to see when the whole series ran on the Fox Family Channel; and I received the DVD set for Christmas in 2004. One of my favorite shows ever, if not my #1 favorite.

    ‘Undeclared’ — I saw the original 2001-02 run on Fox; never got the DVD set, but I got to see the whole series again when it reran on IFC.

    • G.R.

      * Correction on ‘Undeclared’ — the episode “God Visits” didn’t got to air on Fox, so I didn’t see that one until IFC aired it.

      • G.R.

        * didn’t GET to air (geez!)

    • Freak

      Nobody cares – Shut-up.

      • G.R.

        Everybody else is talking about how they wanted to be at this thing and how they discovered the shows, and I thought I’d join in.
        Feel better about yourself now?

    • Nick

      I watched all of the episodes before they aired, so….I saw them before you, so….just a little better than you…

  • MWeyer

    Someone PLEASE put this on a future DVD re-release of either series!

  • sue

    I love Freaks and Geeks! One of the best shows ever on TV. Am rewatching it now that it’s running on IFC, still fresh and wonderful, never gets old!

  • Luke

    Freaks and Geeks: one of the greatest shows in history.

  • jasmine

    i really wish i was there! if james franco was there, then i def would have gone

  • Amy

    Do you have any videos from the event!? Please say you do!

  • JJ

    I hope someone posts the reunion somewhere!!!

  • Sylvia

    I was fortunate enough to attend the event! Being in the same room as all these amazing people felt SURREAL. (Personally, I was in awe of Jason Segel…Oh Nick Andopolis!) Other highlights Sandra didn’t include would have to be Jay Baruchel laughing his butt off when Judd reminded him that when he first got the part of Steven, “All you talked about for the first few months was how your dream was to do well enough to buy a Ferrari,” Seth Rogen getting up in the middle of the Freaks and Geeks panel to pee and Paul Feig commenting “I hope his mic’s not on,” and Sarah Hagan (who plays Millie) and Jason Segel rehashing a little “Jesus is just alright with me” a capella. I have a couple of videos from my camera, but the Paley Center usually releases DVD’s of their bigger events, so I’m sure it will be on sale soon. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for sure!

    • Niema

      you are so lucky! please post the videos up on youtube!

      • jk

        MILLIE WAS THERE!? No freaking way. Now I’m even more jealous.

    • Chelsea

      “Jesus is just alright with me”? That was so effing hilarious. Now you’re bringing back the memories. LOVED this show!

  • Dave

    I only first started watching Freaks and Geeks recently when IFC started airing the episodes. I haven’t seen them all yet, but I love this show! I can’t believe I discovered it 11 years too late.

    • G.R.

      Cool. Glad you’re enjoying it so far!

  • jk

    Of COURSE Jason Segel does a great “How Bizarre.” He’s perfection.

  • Chelsea

    I’ve always wondered if Daniel/Lindsay would’ve finally hooked up and how Nick & Kim would’ve reacted. Damn you NBC for canceling it! and I definitely think Lindsay would’ve grown out of her “freak” stage.

  • elena

    Re-watched Undeclared last semester, and I’m in awe of how well Apatow captured college life. It wasn’t always drop-dead hilarious, but all the situations rang true to life. Jay Baruchel, I still have a mega-crush on you.

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