The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)
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How wrong i was this is a hilarious take on growing up as a teenager no matter where your from everyone can relate to the story. Everyone has a mate who over exaggerates on their sexual exploits! Not to give too much away but i would definitely recommend that you give this a go!
I think if this is seen on a mainstream channel this could be a serious hit!
I challenge someone to watch this and try not to laugh, i failed after about 2minutes!
Painfully reminiscent of my own teenage years, The Inbetweeners is an unbelievably funny look into the lives of four awkward teenage misfits. Very cleverly written and very funny, it's a show I can watch over and over again and cry with laughter just like I did when I first watched it.
The Inbetweeners is a fantastically written British comedy that has quirky and well developed characters and entertaining plots to boot. Don't deprive yourself of this brilliant comedy - go on YouTube now and start watching. You won't regret it.
The characters are finely observed, from the clever-ish but slightly pretentious Will to the potty mouthed Jay, and superbly acted; no Eastenders hamming here.
This should be a massive hit, if it gets shown on a major channel.
Inbetweeners wins because it's often very funny in a way that you find yourself laughing out loud, in my case, because it relates strongly to what my mates and I got up to in our school years.
True it is full of horrible characters, not least the ultra cynical teacher Mr Gilbert, but as I remember school, it was actually packed with arrogant yet insecure individuals and this show hits that spot on.
I would agree and it's no surprise being on 'yoof' orientated E4, that the show may be geared to the school of making 'hip' comedy, which I not a fan of, but then at the same time it's an often very funny show, so all is forgiven.
Will (Simon Bird) is a privately educated, well spoken young man who for reasons beyond his own control is moved to a state comprehensive school, where his middle class mannerisms and appearance gain him a less than warm welcome from the other pupils. However, he soon makes some new 'friends' in the shape of Jay (James Buckley) a rather unpleasant young man with a disturbing obsession with all things sexual, Neil (Blake Harrison) a gormless looking young man whose father displays unfortunate homosexual tendencies and Simon (Joe Thomas) the most well rounded of the trio and their only means of getting around with his 'sh!tty little yellow car', the uncoolest yellow vehicle in a British sitcom since Del Boy's Reliant Robbin. We follow this comically mismatched group around as they stumble from one misadventure to another with hilarious consequences.
It's interesting to note the path British sitcoms have taken in the last thirty years or so, from being the sort of stuff you could comfortably show repeats of on daytime telly nowadays to the alternative comedy that tends to find it's slot late at night on Channel 4. Art imitates life, though, not the other way round, and so this is really just a reflection on changing social attitudes and society in general more than anything. And so we have The Inbetweeners, which hits you like a hammer with it's sheer excessiveness, which, shockingly just makes it even funnier.
It's actually quite a high concept idea of a posh looking/speaking young man and placing him with ordinary looking teenagers of today, and even more subversive to make everything so gratuitous. But clever writing makes this show as much as anything else, coming mainly from Bird's continuous voice overs each episode, where he runs over the pratfalls of everything the group have found themselves in with a great condescending tone. A running trade mark of the show is for him to let rip at the end at how ridiculous or unfair something he has got caught up in is (apart from one where he launches some drunken homophobic abuse at Neil's dad!) as well as to have a recap at the end of each episode on the events that have just gone past where the most hilarious line ('inconsiderate arseholes', 'bumder!', 'will you stop staring at my t!ts?') somehow hits home all the harder.
A relentless onslaught of foul language, crude sexual referencing, cynical cruelty and outrageous indecency, The Inbetweeners is a thoroughly depressing, but well written and very funny, reflection of young people today. Well, some...****
How can anyone find this show not hilarious? It is British comedy and tremendously vulgar!!!! An acquired taste, like their Movies. But I'm talking about the TV Series here. I originally got dragged to their first movie and found it that hilarious I went and bought their 3 Seasons. It's one of these shows you can watch over and over again. OK the subject matter at times may seem to step over the mark but when they do make fun of the Disadvantgaged it usually falls back in all their faces, making them look like total losers. The show has received considerable acclaim in the U.K. and did win the 2008 British Comedy Award! Also whether purposely Directed the continuity of the show is terrible in a way - check out that Extra being recycled 12 times in different clothing and Kethcup disappearing and reappearing in a jokingly fashion. This show is rude, crude and your Mother would probably be mortified but its the invention of a new kind of "Bad Mouth wording" that makes it totally disgustingly unique. It really does pot ray the real Teenage life-style and battling struggles of being in the UK public school system.
So to is the awkwardness you feel at that age. The desire to fit in yet also somehow be distinctive enough to get noticed by the opposite sex. You end up running a huge gauntlet of emotions every day, and this show captures this experience beautifully.
I couldn't help but empathise with the characters, even as I laughed out loud at their stupidity and antics. In almost every scene I could see myself at that age, and snort with laughter as they missed the obvious right under their noses.
It's a great show, both very funny, and also remarkably accurate about that time of our lives when we are not kids anymore, but not quite adults.
People might not like this because it is full of rude comments, swearing etc but that is what makes it what it is... funny. The actors are great at playing their parts, i think it is brilliantly put together.
Definitely deserves a 8 out of 10... at least.
As much as I would have liked more episodes, I think the amount there were was fitting. It never got too out of hand.
All in all, excellent show. good for some laughs. I will definitely be checking out some other British comedies. I've seen some commercials for the new MTV version of this show. I can't imagine how they'll do it. I haven't seen Skins (either UK or American) but apparently MTV didn't do it justice. I think the issue is that the American version of the show they bleep out all the swears and blur out certain body parts. Like I mentioned earlier, this show has a crude sense of humour. You just can't do crude and be censored. However as a fan of this show I'll check it out just to see how they do.
ANYWAYS, this show if great. check it out if you haven't yet.
My personally favourite is work experience when Will goes to work in an Garage. That episode is class!! I have both series 1 and 2. I will be ordering 3 and definitely getting the film!!
Any people who like to laugh at normal life will love this E4 Production and I can't wait till the film comes out!! Where the lads go to Crete!! Loving it!! Gary
This 18 episode comedy series concerns 16 year old school boys in modern Britain and stars Simon Bird. As Bird plays his lead role of "Will," we might imagine that Walter Matthau, Ben Stiller, Jason Schwartzman, and John Cusack each agreed to donate their seed to a pregnancy clinic which then recombinated their DNA and quadrophonically embryonized Bird in the womb of either Mindy Kaling or Tina Fey.
Bird's light comic assault on everything and all as cameras roll is that unstoppable.
Joining Bird as his friend and foxhole mate is Joe Thomas, cast as the 'blue eyed soul' and the 'least likely to pleasure himself' of the group of school society survivors Bird's "Will" eventually reforges.
The language is raw. The anxieties and the scene set ups, as we can so ruefully remember from our own school days, are all too real.
If there is a Hall of Fame for British televised comedies, The Inbetweeners gets in on the first ballot.
THIS SHOW IS ON POINT.
This ongoing tale of 4 best friends is hilarious, rude and often awkward from day one until the very end.
Every single day there seems to be a new challenge ahead - And of course, challenges which they cannot overcome without some sort of disaster happening.
Certainly in need of the age limit it comes with, but once you watch it, you just won't stop. My parents aren't fans of vulgar humour and explicit jokes, but even they thought this was pure gold.
If you're looking to learn how to get through high school, then look elsewhere.