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The Young Ones

British sitcom

The Young Ones

Genre situation comedy and sketch comedy
Country of origin United Kingdom
Screenwriter Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer and Alexei Sayle
Number of episodes 12
Number of seasons 2

About The Young Ones

The Young Ones burst onto British television screens in 1982, bringing with it a fresh and anarchic energy that captured the attention of a generation. The show followed the lives of four university students - Rick, Vyvyan, Neil, and Mike - as they navigated the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, all while living in a squalid house in London.

With its surreal humor, punk rock soundtrack, and irreverent attitude, The Young Ones quickly became a cult classic, inspiring a generation of comedians and musicians. The show's influence can be seen in everything from the music of The Clash and The Damned to the comedy of The Mighty Boosh and Flight of the Conchords.

But what really set The Young Ones apart was its willingness to tackle taboo subjects and push the boundaries of what was acceptable on television. From drug use to violence to explicit sexual content, the show was a lightning rod for controversy, with some critics accusing it of glorifying antisocial behavior.

Despite this, The Young Ones remains a beloved and influential piece of British television history, a testament to the power of irreverence and the enduring appeal of punk rock. As Rick would say, "It's not just a TV show, it's a way of life."


- "The Young Ones: The Complete Series." BBC, 2007.

- "The Young Ones: How a Cult Classic Defined a Generation." The Guardian, 2012.

- "The Young Ones: The Punk Rock Comedy That Defined a Generation." NME, 2017.

Main cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


73 years, 8 months, 27 days


56 years, 3 months, 18 days

Born first

25 January 1950

Died first

9 June 2014

Born last

7 March 1958

Died last

9 June 2014

Other cast and crew

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