Its fair to say that when The Young Ones
first blasted onto television screens, thered never been anything quite like it. Yet the manic adventures of Rik, Neil, Vyvyan and Mike didnt take long to gain an audience, and over 25 years later, the programme still enjoys a well-deserved cult-following.
Both series of The Young Ones are grouped together in this special DVD set, and theres plenty to enjoy. In among the violence, the anarchic comedy, and the wonderful childishness of it all, are many, many belly laughs. How about when The Young Ones represented Scumbag College on University Challenge, for instance? Or Alexei Sayles Balowski family? Or the occasional break so a band could be worked in to play a song?
The influence of The Young Ones has been notable since it was first broadcast, not least in the spawning of its sequel-of-sorts, Bottom. Yet the two series here prove to be far more than an opportunity to see where a particular strand of comedy really began to gather pace. Instead, they still provide many bellies full of laughs, and its arguable that, in spite of the imitators it spawned, nothing has come close to The Young Ones since. And this DVD collection more than proves the point. --Jon Foster
A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones
provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians.
Join Rik, Vyv, Neil and Mike in their crazy and surreal comedy adventures!