Undergrads Best Idea and story in a animeeshun I have seen in many years.
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Undergrads is an animated television series centered on the lives of four college undergraduate freshmen. Originally broadcast on MTV during 2001, only thirteen episodes were created. It has since been shown on Comedy Central in the United States, Teletoon in Canada, and Trouble in the United Kingdom. The show was conceived by Pete Williams, when he dropped out of college at the age of 19. He does most of the voices on the show. The series was produced by David McGrath.

Overview: The show is a life, featuring elements that are typical (if not archetypal) of many students’ college experiences. Many characters in the show represent common college (and literary) character types; including the everyman (in Nitz), the "frat boy" (in Rocko), the ladies' man (in Cal), the nerd (in Gimpy), the cool girl (in Jessie), and the ditz (in Kimmy). Situations featured also tend to be typical of the college experience, through the good times and (unlike many representations of college life in entertainment) the bad times. These situations include student loans, bad cafeteria food, questioning of identity, fraternity rivalries, odd traditions, unpleasant RAs, money problems, peer pressure, and the freshman fifteen. Interestingly, almost no episodes show the characters in class, the one notable exception being Rocko's ROTC class in "Financial Aid."

The location in the show has never been completely mentioned. It looks much like one's typical college town. However, it has been hinted in numerous episodes lightly that the show takes place somewhere in New England,as Pete Williams, the show's creator, attended a university in this region. Episode 2, Traditions, features the "Xposed Xpo," a naked run, and a classic tradition of the University of Vermont. Also, in episode 12: Risk, there is a free Ben & Jerry's day, as well as a Spring Fling, another UVM tradition. Also, in the episode "Drunks", both Jessie and Nitz had fake New York State driver's licenses. The episode "Identity Crisis" takes place at the start of the second semester and shows bare trees and snow on the ground, conditions which are more likely to be found in New York City in January. However, in episode 1 Gimpy disguises Mump as a California Highway Patrol Officer to follow Rocko.

Characters.. :

* Nitz The main character. Almost all the episodes revolve around him in some way. He is shy and attends State U, a fictional generic university. He often finds himself at odds with his friends, wishing for more time to try and woo Kimmy, whom he has had a crush on since grade school, but fails every time. He does not remember how he got his nickname, as was revealed in the first episode. Nitz is based on series creator, Pete Williams. He bears a strong resemblance to Pete Townshend of The Who, even though he is modeled after Pete Williams. Due to the many occasions of stupidity ruining his everyday life in small ways, he often says his signature, "Aww, crap."

* Rocko is a manly, tough fratboy. He attends the fictional local community college Central State Junior Community College. He eventually manages to weasel his way into a fictional fraternity Alpha Alpha, where he is markedly unpopular. His only interests are in alcohol and girls. His involvement in the former of has gone so far that Rocko has started hallucinating an imaginary talking bottle of liquor named "Bobby Whiskey" who talks to him and usually tells him to solve his problems by drinking; in the latter obsession he displays less proficiency, and nearly all of the women with which he comes into contact either mace him, kick him in the groin, or otherwise incapacitate him. He does not like Cal very much—often threatenening violence to him—and has a phonebook-sized list of reasons why he dislikes Cal entitled "The Things Cal Does That Makes Me Want To Kill Him Dead Dead Dead Dead Dead". His favorite phrases are "Wussies!" and "Sweet ass!"

* Cal is tall, handsome, blonde, but not too bright, Cal has a knack for getting women to fall for him without apparent effort. Cal is Nitz's roommate. His frequently makes a slurping noise while talking or drools (both are an inside joke poking fun at the real-life Cal's retainer), and often ends his sentences with the word "guy". Cal repeatedly demonstrates his lack of intelligence by displaying a humorous obliviousness. His unusual casual clothes and happy look are meant to identify him as a frequent sexual participant.

* Gimpy is a funny looking nerd. He attends the fictional Tekerson Tech and almost never leaves his room (Instead communicating with his friends via video conference). Also goes under the name "G Prime". Upon arriving at Tekerson, he quickly drew together a group of lesser geeks to do his bidding, replacing the previous alpha-nerd and ending his reign of Star Trek tyranny. He is an extreme Star Wars fan, and an enthusiast of both Spider-Man and Wall Street. He has asserted his utmost respect for Dana Scully of The X-Files, and also is somewhat well-acquainted with Star Trek despite his hatred of it. Gimpy often is a self-imposed social recluse, often describing women as "the enemy" (although he does have an online girlfriend for a short time during the series). Out of the four, it is hinted that Nitz and Gimpy are the closest. His friendship with his legion of nerds creates a conflict between them and his old friendship with Nitz, Cal, and Rocko. Near the end of the series, Gimpy starts to show a bit of frustration at Nitz, whom he feels is shafting everyone else for Kimmy Burton, though Nitz and Gimpy remain friends during the course of the series. His signature phrase is, "...the hell?"

Jessie also goes to State U. She becomes friends with Nitz on the first week of college. Jessie has a very laid back, punk-girl-type personality on campus. She often accompanies Nitz on his misadventures and analyzes many things about this strange time in everyone's life with a surprisingly level-headed and mature point of view. She has supposedly undergone a major makeover from high school, openly expressing herself more with her new college freedom. Nitz does not realise that she is attracted to him. Although Nitz states that he loves Kimmy from the start, Jessie tries for his affection anyway. Jessie is Nitz's partner in crime, so to speak, and is usually always there to help Nitz out by listening to his woes or helping him with his problems. She is arguably far more of an influence on his life than Kimmy, yet, despite signs of affection in return, Nitz remains dead set on Kimmy. In the episode "Roomates," Nitz does indeed at one point find himself falling for Jessie, but when he attepts to woo her, she's ironically not taken by his advances. At this point, Nitz would lose interest in Jessie, continue pursuing Kimmy, and their one-sided, sexual-tension filled friendship would resume. As the series goes on, Jessie's frustration over Nitz's ignorance to her interest starts to increase, and begins to result in outright spite for Kimmy Burton. Eventually, Nitz's obsession with Kimmy becomes so great that he begins to unintentionally treat Jessie rather nonchalantly and even rudely when Jessie begins to give Nitz more hinting to her feelings. Eventually this frustration blows up into anger at Nitz leading to the series' cliffhanger ending. The character is voiced by Jene Yeo, who is, in fact, whom the character is based upon.

* Kimmy Burton is a red-headed girl Nitz has a crush on . She went to the same high school as the four main characters and graduated the class ahead of them. Kimmy also attends State U. She tries to be involved with everything going on at school. She seems, like the case with Jessie to Nitz, to be totally oblivious to Nitz's crush on her. Although she is somewhat of an overachiever, it is revealed that her life is in shambles. Kimmy, like everyone else at college, is uncertain and nervous about her future, and she begins to see Nitz as something of a "shoulder to cry on". While this frustrates Nitz he seems excited at slowly coming closer to her. Kimmy, however, has an interest in Mark, another drama student at the college. Though Kimmy and Nitz don't know that Mark is gay. This isn't revealed to them until the final episode, but it is mentioned in the Exposed Expo episode, and is quite obviously implied from the very first episodes to the audience. While Kimmy means well, she seems rather oblivious to the feelings of others.

* Mump is Gimpy's lead minion. Attends Tekerson Tech with Gimpy. He is a short, overweight, red-haired young man. A Nurse once stated that "He may be below average in height, but he's way above average in weight!". As well as being the lead minion in Gimpy's little troupe of Tekerson Tech geeks, Mump is shown as being something of Gimpy's sidekick as well. Although he is often nice enough, he seems to be rather fiercely protective of his friendship with Gimpy. He is at first, extremely jealous of Nitz and Gimpy's apparently very close friendship although this dissipates to friendly neutrality eventually. Mump was a former Trekkie before Gimpy came and inspired Mump to such a degree that he mimicked Gimpy's love of Star Wars as well. Although he's also a fan of Star Wars, he seems to be a fan more or less, just to get along with Gimpy. He often dotes on Gimpy and often agrees with him regardless of whether he should or not. He claims that there is a "b" in his name, and that the "b" is silent. This could be however, more mindless doting on Gimpy or a reference to his unsaid real name. Deep down inside, it is constantly hinted that Mump is somewhat insecure with himself, which would explain his rather fierce protection of the friendships he does maintain. Mump is obviously a nickname akin to the nicknames of the main 4, however his real name is never mentioned. Briefly suffers from a case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He is a member of ROTC as revealed in "Financial Aid".

Reoccurring characters

* Doug (The Duggler) is the Resident assistant at the State University dorms where Nitz and Cal reside. He is something of a social relic from the 1960s, and still sports an overall hippie-like motif. He always wears a bathrobe, which he reveals to Cal is something of an unofficial uniform for State U. RA's. He's something of a social inept, often denying himself to partake in unofficial student events and hijinks, as well as just plain fun. He seems in a constant state of denial about this, which gives one the impression he lives something of a sad and lonely life but won't admit it. Part of this denial is constantly convincing himself that he's having a good time away from the real fun, even if he apparently isn't. Often mentions that one does not have to "follow the crowd", so to speak. He has a rather forced, trendy way of talking and seems to be not very much cared for by the students. Often refers to himself in the third person as the "The Duggler".

* Charity: Jessie's air-headed blonde roommate. She is constantly obsessed about her ex-boyfriend Jonah, who left her prior to the series' beginning. It was revealed in "Virgins" that he put a restraining order on her. At one point, her constant ramblings about him drove Jessie nearly insane, causing her to crash with Nitz for a little while. She also briefly dated Rocko, who pretended he was a virgin to get into her good graces.

* SHE PRIME: A female hacker at Tekerson Tech who challenges Gimpy when hacking into his computer to make some embarrassing changes. On the official website in the Episode Guide this character is called Tabitha. He eventually confronts her and the two begin to form a bit of a relationship. Gimpy at first seems hesitant about this, due to his strict stance about girls being the enemy. However, he begins to find much in common with SHE PRIME, despite the fact the two have never met in person. They begin to spend even more time together online. However, Rocko brings up that Gimpy is often told what to do and is somewhat whipped. To test this, Gimpy denies one of SHE PRIME's requests to which she becomes offended and threatens to destroy Gimpy's computer with a computer virus. This crisis is averted and the two are set against each other as rivals again. However, both seem to have a desire to know each other's identity. SHE PRIME has dyed purple hair wrapped in a bandana. Although she is quite the femme fatale online, in real life she seems somewhat shy and withdrawn. Although she has never met Gimpy, their dorm rooms are immediately next to one another.

* Spud: A rather unusual young man who is a diehard Trekkie. He even wears the yellow uniform as seen in the original series as normal attire. He originally led a vast majority of Tekerson Tech's students in a big Star Trek fan club. When Gimpy attends Tekerson, he asks Spud about the Prime Directive, the directive from the Star Trek universe, which states that it is forbidden to directly interfere or force beliefs on intelligent life that one has come into contact with. Gimpy merely states that since Spud is doing just that to the Tekerson students, he's breaking that very rule. Unable to grasp onto this paradox, Spud flees and Mump and the others stare in awe at how easily Gimpy "defeated" Spud. Gimpy attributes it to The Force, and goes on to get everyone hooked on Star Wars. Spud appears as the main antagonist in the episode "New Friends", by attempting revenge on Gimpy. He appears through brief cameos later on. He often says the word or sound "Shmaa..." in all his sentences and has something of a creepy, mumbling way of talking.

* Mark: The drama guy. He attends State U. and is found often by Kimmy's side. Kimmy has a huge crush on Mark and Nitz feels threatened by him because he is ruining his chance to be close to Kimmy. Both of them are completely oblivious to the fact Mark is gay until the final episode "Screw Week", although it is noticeable from his behaviour and statements in every appearance, and he admits to being gay at 18:40 of episode 2. Mark recognizes Nitz as "Kimmy's friend". He has a boyfriend named Lance.

* Lance: Mark's boyfriend. Attends State U. He is more often than not mentioned by Mark than seen though he is seen briefly carrying a couch in Roommates and singing showtunes at the end of Screw week.

* Brodie: One of Jessie's friends, described by her as "always full of crap". He is a film student whom has quite the makings of a future film critic. He represents the type of college kid with a one-track mind and perpetual obsession. He talks about movies constantly, and is often spouting trivia and personal opinions on movies. He often talks about movie news as well, quite enthusiastically. He seems to consider himself destined for greatness, and as a result can be rather naive and egotistical. He often introduces himself as, "Hi everyone, I'm Rob Brody," when entering a room, even to people he knows or is friends with. He is also somewhat notable for starting the famous shout in the last episode.

* Kruger: One of Jessie's friends, Kruger is a foul-mouthed smoker. Every other word and sentence spoken by Kruger is censored. He often disagrees with everyone, and seems quite the pessimist. A scathingly cynical, gothic homophobic chain smoker, he says just what's on his mind all the time in rather less than diplomatic ways. His favourite word to say is "BLEEP" and in the rivalries episode its mentioned that he's good at trivia, but doesn't help Nitz defeat Gimpy.

* Dan: One of Jessie's friends who has literally no speaking lines in the entire series (All he does is laugh), although it's far more likely just a gag.

* Gimpy's Minions: A troupe of nerds and geeks led by Gimpy at Tekerson Tech. They are very much his minions, and do everything he commands much like a private army. Mump is the semi-leader of these "troops", or maybe a second-in-command to Gimpy. Whatever the case, aside from Gimpy and Mump themselves, none of this group's names are mentioned, although by appearance they appear somewhat often.

* Rita: The Resident Assistant (RA) in Gimpy's dorm at Tekerson Tech. She wears glasses, has her hair in a bun and wears an 'RA' armband. Her slippers are shaped like sharks. She tries to foil Gimpy's plans and attempts to unmask his identity as "G Prime". It's unclear if she's a student of the school as she refers to her residents as "students". She had a very brief fling with Cal in the episode "Jerks", which ended as abruptly as it had started.

* Dave: An apparent stoner recognizable by his black shirt, slouch and large nose. He is was first seen in "Party" when his frisbee flew and hit Nitz as he was looking for college experiences, later in the season he's been the runner of the post office in the episode "Financial Aid" and assistant at the library in "Work Study".

All in all a really great and funny animated show, but I was very disappointed wen the show was dropped before they did a 2nd season, ass was many other die hard fans.

Who else has seen it or love for them to make another season? Being they never finished it and they still have more years of collage to go through

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Nice, you pretty much copied all of that from Wiki. Though, I don't think Wiki will tell you that the reason the show existed in the first place is because the creator won some contest that Teletoon (or whatever the network was called at the time) held. It was never dropped for a 2nd season, 13 episodes was all it was contracted for. I agree though, it was, and still is an amazing show to watch, but a 2nd season at this point is pretty much impossible.
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ReaperEXE wrote:

Nice, you pretty much copied all of that from Wiki. Though, I don't think Wiki will tell you that the reason the show existed in the first place is because the creator won some contest that Teletoon (or whatever the network was called at the time) held. It was never dropped for a 2nd season, 13 episodes was all it was contracted for. I agree though, it was, and still is an amazing show to watch, but a 2nd season at this point is pretty much impossible.

'Well they did wanna do a 2nd season but I fell through. The people who own the rights to the animated show did not think it was worth it.' People like that is why kids today do not realize cartoon does not mean kids only."

'They are going to do a comic of it and continue on where they left off. ' So it still open. And if its still open there is always a chance of a 2nd season or even a remake...'
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