Not only that but the best written series (Damon Beesley & Iain Morris) since the first series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet in the mid-1980s. It rises over the sea of cr#p that both the BBC and commercial TV channels churn out with depressing regularity like a big bright birdy thingy soaring into some kind of TV Heaven. Just non-stop laughter - the type of show that makes you do that repulsive internet thing of LOL ('laugh out loud' for those of you who can read and write proper). The laughs come in such inexorable waves that you feel you've been slapped around the face by the Funmeister as soon as you've finished watching it.
Makes The Office look like Not Going Out and Not Going Out like sh#te.
Basically the show is about 4 male friends in 6th form at school and the problems of being a teenager in the late noughties. Now it's nostalgic to see that comprehensive schools haven't changed that much since I attended in the 1980s. The only thing I can see that is different is that they now have the internet and the 17-year-olds here use it as 17-year-olds of my generation would no doubt have used it for: looking-up women in revealing poses and positions. AKA porn. And that's it. Time has stood still. A place for the bullied to be bullied; for mates who would drop you in the brown stuff in the blink of an eye if it meant getting a girlfriend; teachers from planet inappropriate; and the sheer utter pain of rejection and teenage embarrassement. Oh, and alcohol.
And to think that male teenagers still think about sex 24/7. I thought it had been just my generation. Eye opener.
The 4 friends couldn't have been cast better if you had tried. Will the nerd with the briefcase ('briefcase themed insult - thanks mum') who in a previous life had been to the utopia that is private education but lands on planet state edcation when the money runs out; Simon the half-sensible bridge between Will and the 2 likeable but half-witted idiots: Jay (fantasist and bordering on sex-psycho) and Neil, as thick as thick can be. Writing is spot-on and gets every ounce of laughter out of each teenage situation until there is no more to get. It is what The Young Ones could have been had they had the freedom to use the language that was found in every comprehensive school across the country even in the 1980s but which TV land refused to allow in their fragrant land in case it offended those who had never heard of swear words.
Grange Hill for the ordinary idiot. Genius at work.
Sure, this isn't for everyone. Some may be offended with the swearing and crudeness and if will be interesting to see if the female of the species appreciate the subtleties of the male mind. And will anyone outside of the UK actually get it?? But it made me laugh time and again and for an oldster in these grey days that is not a minor achievement.
© Paul Page, 2010
A super sharp, one-liner packed celebration of the highs and lows of being a teenager. Perfectly capturing the relentless disappointment of suburban adolescence, the show's four main characters yearn for sex, booze and cheap thrills, without the emotional maturity, money or ID to get them. Briefcase-carrying nerd Will (Simon Bird) has recently left the relative sophistication of private school to join Rudge Park Comprehensive, where he befriends Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison); a group precariously straddling the social gulf between the in-crowd and the outcasts. This release contains the complete first and second series.
The Inbetweeners is a series about four teenagers growing up in suburbia; a world of futile crushes, sibling brawls, getting drunk too quickly, fancying the girl next door, casting aspersions on your friend's sexuality and riding rollercoasters.
Will's (Simon Bird) parents have just divorced and he has unwillingly had to move and change schools. Previously enrolled at a private school, where he picked up some snobbish tendencies, Will now attends a comprehensive school and has had to make a new set of friends,
Simon (Joe Thomas), Jay (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), none of whom are that cool or credible.
Funniest show on telly
News Of The World (05/07/2009)
Hilarious [...] AMERICAN PIE mixed with PEEP SHOW
The Guardian (05/07/2009
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