Young Ones Series 1 & 2 - BBC
It's fair to say that when The Young Ones
first blasted onto television screens, there'd never been anything
quite like it. Yet the manic adventures of Rik, Neil, Vyvyan and Mike
didn't 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
there's 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 Sayle's 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 it's
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