Forgotten Performance of the Day: Jason Segel in Undeclared

Before Judd Apatow: big-time movie producer, there was Judd Apatow: super-awesome TV producer. The thing is, nobody realized that Judd Apatow was a super-awesome TV producer until his TV shows (Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared) were off of the air.

Neither show survived an entire season (though Freaks and Geeks in particular has established itself as a cult classic in its DVD afterlife).

You may have forgotten, but Jason Segel appeared in both of those little gems. He was one of the main characters in Freaks and Geeks (Nick Andopolis, the stoner "freak" who was madly in love with Linda Cardellini's "geek turned freak" character, Lindsay Weir) as well as a supporting character in Undeclared (the copy-shop managing, long-distance boyfriend of main character Lizzie).

Jason Segel has finally found more mainstream success - playing Marshall on CBS's How I Met Your Mother and playing the lead in Apatow's upcoming Forgetting Sarah Marshall - but it is kind of fun to watch him shine in one of his earlier performances.

I dare you to not laugh when watching these clips of Jason Segel in Undeclared:

Jason Segel's 5 Greatest Undeclared Moments

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Apr 16, 2008 11:25PM EDT

Let's not forget that Apatow's other, and most distinctive, accomplishment is that of writer and director. Not only of the aforementioned projects but also the equally short-lived The Ben Stiller Show and the very successful Larry Sanders Show.Jason Segel is not the only Freaks and Geeks alumni to remain in the Apatow stable. Seth Rogen (Ken), Busy Philipps (Kim), Samm Levine (Neal), Natasha Melnick (Cindy), and Steve Bannos (Mr. Kowchevski) all appeared in Undeclared. Rogen also starred in Knocked Up with appearances by Martin Starr (Bill) and F&G creator Paul Feig.

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