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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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1998   1984   1982  
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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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Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), Rick (Rik Myall), Mike (Christopher Ryan), and Neil (Nigel Planer) are four college students who share a house in North London: Vyvyan is a violent punk who smashes everything to pieces, Rick is a political fan of Cliff Richard, Mike is the serious and bossy cool person, and Neil is the depressed hippie who does most of the cooking and cleaning in the house, and his only desire is to commit suicide. Vyvyan, Rick, Mike, and Neil pay their rent to their Russian landlord Jerzy Balowski (Alexei Sayle) and his various family members. The world of this show is surreal, hilarious, and violent as the show also interacts with other characters, and featured live performances from bands. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Trivia

Unusually for a BBC sitcom at the time, most of the location scenes were recorded on video using Outside Broadcast facilities instead of 16mm film. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) See more »

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The Young Ones
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Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett
Sung by the cast
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This Is The Way To Do Comedy
11 December 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

With few exceptions, today's comedy scene is abysmal. Canned laughter and absolutely nothing funny. No-one seems able to write a funny script now. The Young Ones didn't have to try too hard to be entertaining-it just was, period.

It was set in a student household and didn't really have plots-just craziness. Margaret Thatcher was UK Prime Minister at the time and the characters made frequent digs at her and her regime. Rik Mayall played Rick who was the craziest of the lot and always picking on Neil who was played by Niger Planer. Neil was the hippy who cared about everyone, man and beast but was bullied constantly. Adrian Edmondson played punkrocker Vivyan who was violent at times and simply didn't give a toss. Then there was Mike played by Christopher Ryan. It is hard to define Mike-I challenge anyone to give a character description to Mike. He wasn't as crazy as the rest of them but he was weird. And that is what I liked about The Young Ones.

As I said earlier, don't expect any plots because there are none. And as for them being students, well I never saw them revising in their spare time. There were some great scenes throughout the show and some very surreal scenes as well. Items of food in the fridge spoke on the state of things at times and there was the two speaking rats. Alexi Sayle as the landlord Balowski popped in from time to time.

Expect the crazy when you watch this. Great scenes throughout the show included a nuclear bomb landing in the kitchen, Vivyan eating the TV to escape prosecution by the TV Licence man, the students fighting and Neil being planted like a seed in the ground and spouting other Neils.

A fantastic cartoon-like comedy which had some impressive cameo appearances throughout it's run. If you're fed up with the boring tripe that tries to pass itself off as comedy nowadays, then check this out.


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30 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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