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The Young Ones: British comedy classic

Updated on June 17, 2015
The Young Ones: British TV comedy
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Meet The Young Ones - classic British TV

It's a touch disheartening when TV shows that seemed to happen only yesterday become regarded as old time classics. It really makes you feel old. But there's a hidden benefit and that is that when programs like this are considered classics, they become available on DVD so that we can watch them all over again. Ah, one of the positives of getting older.

At home with students in the eighties

I'd been out of college for a few years when this series started but nevertheless, as soon as I watched the first episode, I realized that I knew these people. Not literally of course, but the four main characters are almost a distillation of so many students I knew. Oh and yes, student houses in those days were exactly like that.

The quotes live on

For those of us who were obsessed and devoted fans, we still use quotes from the episodes in our conversations, even today. If someone says to me 'no way dot' or 'it's a larf, innit' then I know that they are one of us; one of a select group. Even phrases like 'retractable pencil' can crack us up. Totally, completely daft.

Dodgy language, mindless violence and very funny

This might not be for everyone! Apparently there was an American version planned (with only one of the original cast) but never got beyond pilot stage. It has slapstick, silliness and sarcasm and the crazy thing is that it's very nearly true-to-life - it's simply an exaggeration of college days in the 70s and 80s in England. On every episode there was a musical interlude and there are various very funny cameos throughout the series. And the good news is that all the episodes are available on this boxed set.

You can see more details and order the series using the button on the right.

The series is so interesting to watch today and see how student life has changed.

But this was very typical of how students used to live when I was studying for my degree and the characters are only mild caricatures - there really were some strange people around in those days.

Watch a clip

See a video clip below to see if this is your sort of humour. It's like Marmite - you either love it or you hate it.

The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete Collection
The Comic Strip Presents: The Complete Collection
Anyone who is a fan of The Young Ones will more than likely have also watched, and loved, this series. This is yet another show that has passed on quotes and catchphrases that many fans use today. The two sets make a great gift for of English daftness.

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