The Young Ones (1982–1984)

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The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

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Series cast summary:
 Vyvyan / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
 Rick / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
 Neil / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
 Mike (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
Alexei Sayle ...
 the Balowski Family / ... (12 episodes, 1982-1984)
Mark Arden ...
 Boy in Comic Strip / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1984)
Stephen Frost ...
 Bank Vault Manager / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1984)
Ben Elton ...
 Baz / ... (5 episodes, 1982-1984)


Four mis-matched university students share a house in North London: Neil, the hippy; Mike, the cool person; Rick, a would-be anarchist studying sociology; and Vyvyan, the punk medical student who is prone to extreme violence. Together with their bastard Russian landlord, the world of these "bachelor boys" is surreal and violent, but ultimately hilarious. Written by Alexander Lum <>

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Release Date:

11 November 1982 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De unge  »

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Many then-current and future BBC comedy stars made appearances in this program. Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders (French and Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous), Hugh Laurie (most recently of House), Emma Thompson (dramatic star), Stephen Fry (intellectual & comedian), Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones (of Alas Smith and Jones), Robbie Coltrane (most recently of Harry Potter's Hagrid fame), Lenny Henry (comedian), Ben Elton (playwright and comedian), and countless others. See more »


Referenced in Cool It: Episode #2.1 (1986) See more »

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Without a doubt the greatest show in the history of the universe!

This is my favorite show of all time... no questions asked. My mother introduced it to me last year when she bought a video called "The Very Best of The Young Ones" which featured 5 episodes. They were Bomb, Boring, Bambi, Interesting and Summer Holiday. I was so hooked on it! I gave the video away to someone else... not before getting the complete series of season 1 and season 2 on DVD. It's absolute kick@ss and stuff and I can't help but watch it all of the time. I blooming love it.

I love Vyvyan the most out of them all, followed by Rik than Neil and of course Mike TheCoolPerson. But they're all hilarious. My favorite episode was probably Bambi... but they're all good.

Alexei Sayle would have to have been recognized as the funniest man in the whole entire world during this series.

The musical guests are fantastic as well with Madness, Motorhead, and so much more.

Hilariously written, wonderfully over the top acting, very original the whole way. Great... great... great... great show! This is proof that the British do comedy 100,000,000,000,000,000 times or better than the United States of America. Sorry Yankees... bow down before the Oxford graduates, Cambridge graduates and gifted high school dropouts!

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