okay so you post about the young ones all the time and i know nothing about it but it seems really cool! what can you tell me about it?
Oh! Well, I’m not very good at explaining stuff, so i’ll try to do my best :)
The Young Ones is a surrealist 1980’s comedy about 4 university students sharing a house. I got into it through the Boosh, when one of the stars died last month and Noel wrote about him and the show in a magazine. I’m fairly certain he said somewhere that the show inspired the boosh, or at least influenced it, but I can’t find the interview right now. R.I.P Rik, you beautiful bastard.
There’s Rik Mayall as Rick Pratt, a pro-gay, pro-choice, anti-racist, feminist Anarchist, as well as a closeted transvestite and possibly closeted gay or bisexual, but unfortunately these positive traits were mixed with zero maturity and a large amount of insufferability and paranoia
Ade Edmondson as Vyvyan Basterd, a stereotypically violent 1980’s punk with an abusive and neglectful mother who’s studying to be a doctor despite his love of slapstick and explosives
Nigel Planer as Neil Pie/Pye, a depressed hippie constantly looking for recognition and attention
And Christopher Ryan as Mike Thecoolperson, an extremely cool person who’s ten years older than the others but still attends university because he’s blackmailing the dean so he can keep getting student money. He’s suave, smooth-talking, somewhat sleazy and has several possible criminal connections, but this doesn’t stop him being the nicest person in the house.
There’s also Alexei Sayle, who plays not just their communist landlord, but every member of his family.
The show is extremely random, with loose plots connected with smart jokes and good acting, as well as a lot of puppetry and fantasy sequences, such as talking rats and a wardrobe that leads to Narnia. Famous bands such as Madness, Motorhead and The Damned guest starred at least once an episode, mainly so that they could qualify as a variety show and automatically be awarded a bigger budget. There’s a lot of slapstick and violence to the point that it resembles a live action Merry Melodies cartoon, and while the characters themselves are not meant to be sympathetic, it’s extremely hard not to like them. The show was considered pretty out there and controversial in it’s time, but it got a massive fanbase, due to how honestly funny and unique it was.