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The Young Ones 

The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.
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1984   1982  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Adrian Edmondson ...  Vyvyan / ... 12 episodes, 1982-1984
Rik Mayall ...  Rick / ... 12 episodes, 1982-1984
Nigel Planer ...  Neil / ... 12 episodes, 1982-1984
Christopher Ryan ...  Mike / ... 12 episodes, 1982-1984
Alexei Sayle ...  the Balowski Family / ... 12 episodes, 1982-1984
Mark Arden Mark Arden ...  Boy in Comic Strip / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1984
Stephen Frost ...  Bank Vault Manager / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1984
Ben Elton Ben Elton ...  Baz / ... 5 episodes, 1982-1984
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Storyline

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 <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De unge See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series was highly controversial for its content and was described by David Croft as the beginning of "vomit comedy". He said it was "an innovation but it wasn't progress". See more »

Alternate Versions

The original episodes when first broadcast were 35 minutes long. Some repeat showings were edited versions running 30 minutes long, abridging various bits of material from each one. See more »

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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Young Ones
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Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
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The Best of British Lunacy!
31 August 2004 | by popnoff2001See all my reviews

I remember watching The Young Ones back around 1982-83 on Public TV in Gainesville Florida while attending college at U of Florida. There were only 2 TV stations in this smallish city/town, ABC and the local public television station. It pretty much sucked for television except when they aired the BBC comedies like The Two Ronnies, Dave Allen at Large, Benny Hill and my favorite TYO's! I marveled at their total lack of respect for everything and everyone, especially stuffy english royal types. Back in those days, we in America rarely got to see a show where the characters showed total disregard for authority. Saturday Night Live was about as close to raunch and outrageous as it got. So I loved the 4 lads from england! It reminds me of my youth and the fun times I had back in college. To this day, I haven't seen the Young Ones on TV anywhere! I miss all these great BBC shows!


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