The Young Ones - Series 1 details
|Starring:||Ben Elton, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Christopher Ryan, Alexei Sayle, Robbie Coltrane, Nigel Planer|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
The Young Ones - Series 1
|Run time:||3 hours 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Aug 2002|
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Not so Young OnesBy splodge (114 reviews) from Portsmouth , 13 Oct 2006
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[Highly rated reviewer]I cant believe Im typing these words, but the vast majority of this series is just NOT FUNNY!
This show was one of those seminal programmes of the Eighties, written, performed and watched by people under 25. As a teenager at the time, I thought it pure genius. I have also seen the odd show by chance, on the likes of UK gold, I think, a few years ago, and still cracked up then. But today the humour seems so puerile, if it exists at all. Maybe weve got used to outrageous humour that is more sophisticated, such as Peep Show and Extras. But most of the gags in this series just fell flat (and, despite it being alternative comedy, many of the jokes are definitely non-PC).
It you remember how brilliant the Young Ones was twenty years, just keep it there, in your memory. Dont ruin it by re-watching.
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crazyBy Dave from Doncaster , 12 Dec 2008the usual crazy antics from the gang, apart from the odd swearword is one the kids can enjoy
The beginning of something special?By a customer from ilkeston , 11 Dec 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI first saw the original series of The Young Ones twenty years after it originally aired on the BBC, in 1982. This was after i had become a die-hard fan of the later Rik Mayall-Adrian Edmonson vehicle, Bottom, and i was looking forward to discovering some of their classic anarchic comedy for the first time. I certainly got what i expected in terms of anarchy, but was left feeling a little cold by the comedy.
If you watch the opening episode of the series, Demolition, then you get a good feel of the positives and the negatives of the series. Vyvian (Adrian Edmonson) is introduced to the audience by crashing through the wall and destroying the set. Neil (Nigel Planer) is cooking the 'last supper' before he kills himself, while Rik (Rik Mayall) performs his Cliff Richard Poetry as Mike (Christopher Ryan) just talks about how cool he is. All well and good, but for most of this episode (and, in fact, most of the first series) the audience are silent except for a few awkward laughs and the odd chuckle. The audience are bemused, trying to figure out what is going on. Many of the jokes make little sense, which is intended, and they get in the way of the story of the episode, which in turn seems to go nowhere. For example, Bomb, the fourth episode in this series, begins with the premise that the lads wake up to find a bomb in their kitchen and set about dealing with it in different ways. Rik wants to blackmail Thatcher, Mike wants to sell it, Vyvian wants to blow it up and Neil is too busy worrying about armageddon to do anything. All four of these angles build up and culminate with the bomb being cracked open and a small airplane flying out as the end credits play. Why? No one knows. Do this once, it seems unique, odd, interesting and maybe funny to some. Pull this constantly across 6 episodes and it becomes tiresome. You get bored of trying to figure the series out, because you come to realise that nothing means anything. Even in the crazy world of these characters, actions need to have some kind of consequences.
That being said, this is still a landmark series for British Television. The characters are as ludicrous and ingenious as you've been led to believe, and while the series may leave you wondering how certain things could be considered funny, there is an undeniable joy in watching a series that was, and is, truly unique. Besides, it all leads to the second series...
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'Young Ones, The - Series 1'By naughts (4 reviews) from Manchester , 20 Oct 2008still funny after all these years
classicBy a customer from Billingham , 13 Sep 2008some class comments, like Rik saying 'guys, look at us sqabbling, bickering like little children, we never used to be like this', then Vivienne 'yes we did', but i thought i remember ir being better, everyone seemed to talk about the young ones in the 80ts
Classic slapstick...;By a customer from Suffolk , 20 Aug 2008.....and a laugh a minute - well, more actually! They don't make 'em like this anymore (well, Black Books was close I guess).