Sadly I was not around when ‘The Young Ones’ first made its way to British TV back in 1985, but luckily I had parents who taught me about its impact. This angry and chaotic comedy series was, at the time, pretty controversial due to its obvious opposition to Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher. It also used its airtime to spread the punk aesthetic, something that helped me along the way back in my teenage development years.
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The show itself was based in a squalid house with four very different students including hippie Neil (Nigel Planer), New Romantic poet Rik (Rik Mayall), the ladies man Mike (Christopher Ryan) and of course, my personal favourite, the scumbag punk Vyvyan played by Adrian Edmondson.
This was an absolutely outrageous initial portrayal of the Alternative generation, and it presented some seriously strange and surreal adventures in the process. As a homage to this absolute TV staple, here are some classic moments:
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