the inbetweeners 5 * * * * * comedy
At first glance, The Inbetweeners doesn't seem like very much. In the current climate of comedies and comedy-dramas meant to appeal to the adolescent college-graduate-in-waiting, headed by the effervescent Skins, it comes in as a sort of awkward cousin to the King that is Skins. But, The Inbetweeners should not be written off as a copycat of its E4 relation.
Based around a private-school educated protagonist named Will, who is thrown into a hectic life of comprehensive schooling, underage drinking and, inevitably, sex, the show logs his futile attempts at leading some semblance of a normal life, making friends, going drinking, inevitably with disastrous consequences. Particular highlights are his indignant assertion to a local barman that "everyone in this pub is underage!", upon being refused alcohol, resulting in the whole pub being ejected, and his sex-fanatic new friend Jay miming doing "the business" on a coffee table.
The Inbetweeners is aimed expressly at young people, that much is evident from the soundtrack featuring the zeitgeist artists of the moment. However, like Skins, it can be viewed and certainly relished by any adult with an open mind; after all, everyone was a teenager once.
In writing The Inbetweeners, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris have provided what was becoming a stagnant comedy scene with a breath of fresh air. Yes, hormonal and sex-driven it may be (the tagline reads, "Basically, they just want to get laid"), but therein lies the appeal. With the screens flooded with serious dramas and, frankly depressing soap operas, the idea of being able to sit back once a week and smile for half an hour would be appealing to anyone. The Inbetweeners frequently transcends the boundary between a wry smile and full-on laughter with surprisingly subtle "trigger" moments. For example, when Will's friend Simon turns up to the love of his life's house, only to be sick on her small brother.
The main laughs derive from the exquisitely accurate dialogue, capturing the feel of adolescence perfectly. Jokes about mums and dads, jokes about lack of sex, all subtly crafted into the dialogue, make you laugh, simply because you would be able to hear the same conversation in your local Topman at three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon. And that is why it is utterly charming. It never tries to be anything it's not, it never pretends to raise moral issues or tackle strong taboos, it simply shows that being a teenager can be fun after all. For no-frills, unadulterated high-spirited camaraderie between four mates, The Inbetweeners simply cannot be beaten.
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The Inbetweeners series 1 & 2 box set
I purchased this box set as I had borrowed a friend's and enjoyed it so much that I had to have my own copy. It is the kind of show that you will want to watch again and again!
The Inbetweeners is a channel 4 comedy that centres on a group of Sixth Formers as they go about the daily business of being Teenagers with little responsibility but too much time on their hands. The characters are hilariously formed and the writing is genius with laugh-out-loud lines from beginning to end of each half hour episode.
I found the plots similar to my own 6th Form experience in the 80s and enjoyed watching with my teenage Daughter as it is deliciously childish in its humour.
A word of warning. Do NOT watch if you are easilly offended as the language is colourful, jokes are very 'blue' , the boys are sexist and at times quite vulgar but if this kind of comedy appeals to you then you will cry with laughter!
There are fan websites devoted to character and episode synopsis and 'favourite lines'. I have my own peronal favourites but will not spoil it for you and allow you the time to choose your own.
This box set covers series 1 & 2, series 3 due to air on channel 4 in the Autumn of 2010.
The Inbetweeners - Series 1-2 - Complete (DVD)
I found this series quite by accident online, and being 40ish - the series wasn't marketed at my age group by E4.
I have NEVER laughed so much at a tv show, in my life!
The reason for buying the dvd set? My hubbie was curious about what I laughed so enthusiastically at most evenings - and he too - fell about laughing at every episode.
The characters are really funny.
Will, (the posh twat) will make you wince with his attempts to fit in with the rest of the gang.
Simon (the romantic one) is absolutely hopeless at love.
Jay, (the filthy minded one) will have you in fits with his made up conquests of the female variety - until he comes unstuck.
and, Neil is gormless to the point of being at stop, he just doesn't 'get it'!!
Put them all together and the entire series is a not so farcical parody of teenage angst.
Brilliant - absolutely brilliant.
Something we will watch over and over again.
Best UK Comedy Show Out There
The show is generally sophomoric and low-brow at times, but also funny -- and hey, what do you expect for a show about a group of friends trying to survive high school and get girls? I'd call it a guilty pleasure, except that it's not actually dumb.
It's not exactly realistic, but you can tell that a lot of it is based on the real-life experiences of the writers. I thoroughly enjoy watching it and hope the DVD comes out in the U.S. format.
This show is juvenile, but it's about juveniles, so what do you expect. It's also laugh-out-loud funny. The language is far raunchier than anything on American television, so be warned.