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I've Not Always Been Mad You Know...,
This review is from: The Young Ones: Series 1 [DVD]  (DVD)The Young Ones is a firm representative of anarchy in the 80's. It may be over twenty five years since this was broadcast, but its status within the comedy world now stands as inspiration for upcoming comedians. With Monty Python type sketches and politically incorrect humour, The Royle Family this is definately not.
The main thing to note about The Young Ones is this is where the world was introduced to Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. Here they played Rik and Vivyan respectively, two characters they would later go on to perform under new names in Bottom. Alongside Nigel Planer and Christopher Ryan as Neil and Mike respectively, these were The Young Ones.
The comedy here is totally different to what you would get today. Rik Mayall is stupendously funny as a Cliff Richard worshipper anarchist, whilst Nigel Planer is perfect as the suicidal hippie. This is also the only show I have seen Alexei Sayle as well and all his parts are hilarious here as the mad Russian Balowski family.
Apart from the comedy, this also featured well known 80's acts like Madness, Dexys Midnight Runners and some fairly unknown talents like Rip,Rig and Panic and Nine Below Zero. Whilst they generally had nothing to do with the comedy itself, they provide that breath of fresh air that most comedies don't do today.
Each episode is a gem to watch, with each one running roughly under thirty five minutes each which is a long time for each one but they never drag. Also watch out for appearances from the likes of Robbie Coltrane (Who would have thought you would see Cracker in a show like this?!).
I reccomend this dvd to just about everybody who enjoys material by Mayall and Edmondson. Its fun, its rude and its funny. :-)