The Young Ones

BBC (ended 1984)


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The show involves four lunatic students who live in a shared, somwhat derelict, house. There is Rick, the (self-styled) Marxist Anarchist Cliff Richard fan; Vyvian, who is always the experimental scientific one; Neil, the worried hippy and Mike, the ladies man. Each episode usually featured a performance by a band. Each band's name is listed with the guest stars. Most episodes run near 35 min. Repeats in the UK have been edited to 30 min. Several scenes were censored from the MTV airings in the mid-1980s.
Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall


Adrian Edmondson

Adrian Edmondson

Vyvyan "Vyv" Basterd

Nigel Planer

Nigel Planer

Neil Pye

Alexei Sayle

Alexei Sayle

The Balovski Family [ 1 ]/Various roles [ 2 ]

Christopher Ryan

Christopher Ryan


Jason Muller Mendelson

Jason Muller Mendelson

Themselves/Musical Guest

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  • The Crazies

    The Young Ones was BBC's most raucous, gross-out BritCom ever produced. It tells the adventures (for lack of a more apropos phrase) of 4 British lads who supposedly were college students sharing a flat that should have been deemed uninhabitable by the city of London.

    The gang consists of Vyvyan (the crazed punker who's into "scientific experiments), Mike (self-assured ladies' man), Neil (the sullen hippy) & Rick (a creep who's a Marxist/Anarchist).

    Think of this as if someone fused The Monkees with Beavis 'n Butthead on an molecular level & you'll see just how this comedy operates. A shame this show only lasted 12 episodes, but to me when i saw this on MTV over a decade ago, this makes a certain American campus sitcom Community look like Davey & Goliath!moreless
  • A fine example of British Comedy and Randomness

    This show is absolutely twisted, repulsive and sensless. But guess what? That's exactly why I love it! Only the British could take a plotline like "The Young Ones" and make it funny! America does, but it's always cliched. In fact they proved they couldn't with a god awful sounding Americanized version called "Oh No, Not Them!"

    The series centers around four undergraduate students sharing a flat, Mike 'the Cool Person', punk rocker Vyvyan, pompous anarchist Rik and depressed hippie Neil, and their many misadventures.

    The show is brilliant to say the least. The show poked at politics relevant to that time in the UK and even the US in hilarious twists (ie putting subliminal messages in frames) and made a good amount of fun at youth of the 80's. The irrelevant cutaways are hilarious, even if they may seem to be padding.

    The thing that dissapoints me is that the series had to end only 12 episodes in. The series was already epic, it could've gone to astronomic levels of epicness!moreless
  • good for its time.

    The young ones was an awsome show it was a british comedy so it only went for about 12 episodes but it was very good it looked a bit nerdy but i loved it so i guess it is also a personal favourite but many people would not like it.

    so in conclusion it was an alltime fav with good family values (not) but i loved it becouse of 1 charecter named vyvyan becouse he was a very big charecter and was blaintently violent lol good old violence but i hated the way it ended with all of them dying.moreless
  • The greatest Comedy Show ive ever seen!

    The programme revolved around four undergraduate students sharing a house: violent punk rocker Vyvyan, pompous anarchist Rick, long-suffering hippie Neil, and the mysterious and diminutive Mike.

    It really is my favorite! I love this show, I loved it after watching a Thomas/Young Ones Parody on youtube. Ive half the episodes saved onto my computer. Vyvyan is my favorite character but also Neil is, its a hard to decision to decide which one is my favorite! I wish they still aired it on MTV or Comedy Central in the US as it would be great to see them on a daily basis on television. I wish it would have lasted longer as its brilliance has showed itself immensly and it coulve went on towards Stephen Hawking Level of brilliance!moreless
  • The Young Ones is a fine example of British Insanity

    The Young Ones is a show that was an assault of comic genius that was hilarious in its delivery. It was cerebral and slapstick at the same time, which alienated my friends to it, at first. After watching "Oil", it became one of my favorite comedies. Every episode of the Young Ones became a crazy quilt tapestry of four college flatmates who were representations of cliqs from the 1980's, who under normal circumstances would not interract with each other back in those days. The Metalhead(Vyvian), the Ladies' Man(Mike), the Hippie(Neil), and the Social Anarchist(Rick) had very little in common with each other, that is where the comedy begins.

    The four characters were very well developed but you did not have to be bludgeoned with their plot development. You kind of felt like you were strapped in a roller coaster and enjoyed the ride. From trips to the laundrette, to enjoying a pint at the pub, it always delivered its comic payload. Intersperced throughout the shows were comedic bits that had nothing to do with the main story and some bits that somehow linked into the story (Like the Scientist that had people the size of microbes living on a slide, which were the flatmates) added to the chaos.

    The show had musical guests, like Madness and Motorhead, that fit into the show and made it surreal. I thought that the show, although designed for the MTV demographic of its day (Which I was a part of.), had appeal across the board. Anyone who went to college, or hung around people who did, would get the shots they took at college life and life in general. A friend of mine called it "organized chaos" and I would wholeheartedly agree.moreless

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