Undergrads explored college life from the perspective of four longtime friends in their first year of higher education. Each of their personalities represented an extreme example of a particular character type. Although they attended different schools, the four students—Nitz, Cal, Rocko and Gimpy—remained close, and interacted on a regular basis.
Lead character Parker “Nitz” Walsh attended State U. Nitz was a forgettable everyday-man who lacked uniqueness and spontaneity. He was easily overlooked as just another face in the crowd. In all likelihood, his reason for going to college stemmed from a desire to pursue his high school crush Kimmy Burton, who was one grade ahead of Nitz and already attending State U. Kimmy was a purehearted activist, heavily involved in a variety of social groups and organizations. She was on friendly terms with Nitz, but otherwise oblivious to his feelings towards her. She was herself interested in Mark, a drama student who happened to be gay.
Cal Evans also attended State U, and roomed with Nitz at the Chilton Hall dormitory. Cal was blessed with exceptional looks, but cursed with the stereotypical shallow and ditzy personality that goes with it. Women threw themselves at Cal, and he was never at a loss for someone new to sleep with. He had no morals towards relationships because he was too ignorant and flighty to realize such things existed.
Rocko Gambiani was an obnoxious blowhard who went to Central State Junior Community College, where he joined the fraternity Alpha Alpha. His sole purpose for attending college was to party, get drunk and get laid. True to himself, he was thoughtless, rude, stupid, sexist and drunk a good deal of the time. His manner was off-putting to women (which frequently got him maced, kicked or slapped), and alienated him to the point that his own fraternity even ostracized him. Despite this, his close group of high school friends remained loyal to him (although Rocko hated Cal; ostensibly because Cal was stupid, but possibly because Rocko had latent homosexual feelings for Cal—as alluded to in the episode “Traditions”—which would have threatened Rocko’s manhood).
Star Wars fanatic Justin “Gimpy” Taylor attended Tekerson Tech. He was a self-imposed shut-in who surrounded himself with a network of computers and mainly communicated with his friends via video conference. He rarely left his dorm room, but managed to set himself up as the leader of a group of nerd minions who were fellow students at his school. He was known as G-Prime, and because many of the group’s activities broke dormitory regulations, Gimpy was always in danger of being thrown out by the R.A., Rita. Rita could never quite gather sufficient evidence to have him evicted. Gimpy’s main lackey was Mump, a short, fat student who envied the close friendship between Gimpy and Nitz.
Additional supporting cast members included Jessie, a girl who started hanging out with Nitz but couldn’t get him to notice her romantically because Nitz remained obsessed with Kimmy. Nitz and Cal had an R.A. named Doug, who referred to himself as “The Duggler.” The Duggler talked, dressed and acted like he was living in the 1960s. Rob Brody was a film student who talked constantly of movies and referenced everything as if it related to a movie. Dave was a stoner who had the typical slow speech and blank mannerisms associated with the part. Chain smoker Kruger regarded everything with a pessimistic attitude and swore after every couple of words.
The end of the first season coincided with the end of the college year. The writers introduced a few cliffhangers as an obvious lead-in to the next season, but the show wasn’t picked up for a second season, leaving the future of the friends up in the air.