Undergrads explored college life through the perspective of four long time friends in their first year of higher education, each of whose personality 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 and 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 various social groups and organizations. She was on friendly terms with Nitz but otherwise oblivious to his feelings towards her, as she herself was 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 he was even ostracized by his own fraternity. His close group of former high school friends, however, 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 also 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, who 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. A few cliffhangers were introduced as an obvious lead-in to a second season, but the show wasn’t picked up for a second season, so the future of the friends was left up in the air.