- Bonus episodes of "Filthy Rich" & "Bottom"
- Two more BBC comedies featuring the writers and cast of The Young Ones
- 15 Minute Featurette: Creating The Young Ones
- 6 Minute Featurette: The Young Ones And The 80's
- Talent Files - A guide to the guest stars and a look at the bands
The Young Ones: Every Stoopid Episode
DVD | Box Set
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Despite the benign-sounding title, this rave British sitcom is anything but. Vyv, the punk; Rik, the social activist; Neil, the hippy; and Mike, the smoothie. Each has a distinctive persona, but taken together, in their squalid North London digs, they share a similar anti-establishment lunacy. During its too-brief run in the mid-1980s, this groundbreaker attracted diehard fans who'll happily welcome back the guys from Scumbag College. See what's so funny, and marvel at such glittering guest stars as Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, and Griff Rhys Jones. Over 7 hours on 3 DVDs.
"Anything could happen!" declares Rik Mayall, co-writer and co-star of British TV show The Young Ones--and he's right. Though this manic comedy series centered around the petty bickering of four layabouts living in a communal house in London--paranoid, hyperactive new waver Rick (Mayall), dense punk rocker Vyvyan (Adrian "Ade" Edmondson), lugubrious hippied Neil (Nigel Planer), and would-be sharp guy Mike (Christopher Ryan)--at any moment the show could switch to kibbitzing rats or romantic vegetables, or Buddy Holly could be discovered hanging from a parachute in the attic. Bands (as varied as Madness and Motorhead) suddenly appear in their living room and pound out a pop hit. It all seems a bit spastic at first, but the frenzy grows infectious, becoming funnier the more you watch it (in sharp contrast to most sitcoms). The Young Ones aspires to have the elastic energy and surreality of a living cartoon and comes pretty close to the mark. Guest stars include Emma Thompson, Terry Jones of Monty Python, and Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous. This compilation also includes a few documentary features and a couple of episodes from other sitcoms starring Mayall, Edmondson, and Planer (Filthy Rich & Catflap and Bottom). --Bret Fetzer
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Quintessentially British, this series is not for all Americans. If you liked the Monty Python TV shows - not the movies, which tend to have less-British oriented themes - give this series a try.
My favorite character is Neil, the hippie who's perpetually confused, and put-upon by the others. Some of his lines are classic. But all of the main characters have their moments...I also love how 'campy' the look of the whole thing. Never mind that CG was pre-infancy in those days. The show just wouldn't be the same without the obvious looking visual stunts or really fake looking singing/figure skating vegetables.
Interesting tidbit about this series is how many 'rules' it broke. It is anarchic in its format and politics, and none of the characters are likable. It was a big risk for the BBC, and it took some time to win its audience.
One of the fun things about the shows now is looking for early-career appearances from now-famous Brit actors: Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Stephen Fry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders etc etc etc. It's interesting to see how much cross-pollination there was between BBC comedies: Of course, Saunders went on to AbFab (along with Christopher Ryan, Mike in The Young Ones, who becomes Marshall in AbFab), Hugh Laurie (who went on to Black Adder and other silly funny roles before turning serious in House), Dawn French (co-creator of AbFab who went on to Vicar of Darby), and of course, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, and Nigel Planer who went on to Filthy Rich and Catflap and Bottom.... the list goes on and on.
I was watching this show in my Dental clinic in Iraq when we had a bunch of British and Scottish guys come in. They all freaked out and went off about the show and how old they were when it came out and how fondly they loved the show. I also got a lesson on some of the other shows like Bottom and a stage show with members of the cast etc. The 1st episode of Bottom was one of the extras in the set!!
I love the show and it is still funny today even though I was 2 when the show came out, all the jokes still work, and it has that timeless apeal to it. I watched almost the whole series with the Brits and Scotts, it was my first time seeing all the episodes but we all laughed like it was the first time an of us had seen the shows.
How ever Malek the Iraqi who was here did not get the humor at all.......but that is mostly his culture and British humor does not transfer that well to them I guess, but it made it that much funnier when he would ask why Vyvian was breaking everything.
Buy this cause you may not be a young one anymore!
Basically If you liked the Young Ones before and want it in a complete set this is a good one to buy. If you like British comedy give it a try and you might find yourself laughing alot!