Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 9th August 2019, 10:45 AM
This may sound like an odd comment, but The Young Ones. I know it was huge, but it always irked me that Python (whose TV show was notoriously hit 'n' miss) had tomes written about them, TYO bugger all. Ade Edmondson himself isn't a big fan, and even the box sets were meagre, while relative shite like Al Fresco and FilthyRichCatflap got loving releases. At least there was the doc last year, which I adored, and about bleedin' time.
And don't get me started on Happy Families. The best thing they did afterwards and no DVD at all, just some horrifically butchered UK Gold repeats.
The Young Ones was brilliant but it appealed almost exclusively to those who were both young (either in body or at heart) and somewhat anarchic. To criticise it seriously in any way would, I think, be rather churlish and I'd go as far as to say it would be almost impossible to over-praise it. However, the majority of people in the world are not young and/or anarchic and so it's no surprise that this sitcom is something of a niche item in the history of comedy.
Monty Python was indeed hit 'n' miss and, in terms of breaking new comedy ground, was a trowel in comparison with The Young Ones' JCB.
As I've said before, however, I thoroughly enjoyed Filthy, Rich and Catflap and, although the flatulence-based jokes were superfluous and far too numerous, I'd rank it as a contender for the most underrated sitcom of all time.