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The Young Ones. Image shows from L to R: Rick (Rik Mayall), Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson), Neil (Nigel Planer). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

The Young Ones

Hippie Neil, nerdy Cliff Richard-obsessed Rick, psychopathic punk Vyvyan and smooth Mike share a squalid and collapsing student house together

1982 - 1984  (BBC Two)
12 (2 series)
Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Christopher Ryan, Alexei Sayle
Ben Elton, Rik Mayall, Lise Mayer, Alexei Sayle
British Broadcasting Corporation

The Young Ones are misfit, house-sharing students at Scumbag College - Neil the hippie, Rick the "right-on" leftist anarchist, Vyvyan Basterd the punk medical student, and Mike The-Cool-Person. Only Mike attracts any respect: Vyvyan and Rick loathe each other, and all three look down on Neil, who acts as the unappreciated mother of the house.

Their dysfunctional relationships with each other, lack of money, squalid surroundings, reluctance to attend any lectures and violent landlord Mr Balowski regularly combine to create anarchy in and around the house, even - or perhaps especially - when they're all deathly bored.