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The Inbetweeners

Post by linus » Wed Jul 01, 2009 23:30

Are there any other approvers of this on Anorak?

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I saw the first two episodes of series one when they were originally screened (ages ago), foolishly missed the rest of the series and then saw the first episode of the second series repeated on Channel 4 last night- and I've decided, finally, I love it and I'm a fan

The first people I knew who liked this (that I knew) were some dear friends from my school days and their take was this was the first comedy series about school that had some degree of authenticity (i.e. they said it was just like what we were like when we were at school and not at all like Skins)- it's clearly a sitcom, it clearly owes a lot to Josh Apatow but it has a genuinely British (English) charm that rings true (at least to me- and my friends)

and Skins is on now and it's fucking appalling and that's got a thread here

So The Inbetweeners needs one too- and deserves one more- and now it has one

Good?

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by Damian » Wed Jul 01, 2009 23:38

It's a brilliant show, I've seen the first series twice now, and the second one once.

I wasn't sure I'd like it when I first watched it ages ago, I thought it might be slightly too 'gross-out comedy' and it is in a way, BUT and it's the important thing, it also has (as you say) a hell of a lot of charm about it too.

I suppose it is in part the nostalgic feeling. I don't recall ever wearing the pissed filled shoes of a tramp, but I could recount innumerous tales of chasing after girls and looking like an idiot. Some would say there's part of me that still does that. Another thing I like about it is that it can also be quite sweet and sensitive when it's least expected. The last episode of the second series is suprisingly bittersweet, dead touching. Well mostly.

I guess I don't really know what to say, I've never been too good at describing things and why I like them, for all the things above I guess and the fact it's often hilarious. Plus one of the best sitcoms that's been on television in a good long while. Reasons enough I think.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by islandhopper » Thu Jul 02, 2009 00:16

It looked pretty terrible when it was trailed but it really is pretty good and like I think someone's said - it has a certain charm.
My old boss produces it and I got a bit of a surprise when he unexpectedly turned up in a cameo in a later episode of this series. He plays the son of the woman whose care-home bedroom Jay has just had a wank in and walks in and unwittingly shakes his hand just after the deed. I wasn't expecting that when I sat down in front of the tv.

The writers have done an episode for both series of Flight of the Conchords as well.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 02, 2009 06:55

I like it mainly because of all the swearing and puerile humour.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by bocken » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:00

a layer of chips wrote:I like it mainly because of all the swearing and puerile humour.
There's not much else to it, really. Didn't know this was actually on tv again - I remember seeing trailers for the first series and thought it looked completely disgusting and juvenile in a bad way, but ended up watching the work experience episode one night out of boredom and laughed like I hadn't laughed in ages. Then I went and watched it all on 4od over and over and it was brilliant. Found it hard to explain its humour to Lisa though.

I also like spotting comedy actors popping up and thinking 'I know them from somewhere' - Jay's dad is the warehouse bloke off The Office (and also in the pub football watching scene off the Armando Iannucci show), and Simon's dad was in 15 Storeys High. That's also great.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by linus » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:04

bocken wrote:Simon's dad was in 15 Storeys High. That's also great.
the scene where Sean Lock drinks the hot soup out of the flask at the car boot is probably my golden 'del-boy falls through the bar' comedy moment

I love Sean Lock for that- I can even forgive him 8 out of 10 cats

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by bocken » Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:20

linus wrote:I can even forgive him 8 out of 10 cats
I just pretend it doesn't exist.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by a layer of chips » Wed Jul 29, 2009 20:35

I just watched last night's. Very rude. Very good.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by La-Di-Da » Wed Jul 29, 2009 21:18

BUS WANKERS.
I like it too.
My secret's out.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by TheAlex » Thu Jul 30, 2009 21:13

bocken wrote:
a layer of chips wrote:
and Simon's dad was in 15 Storeys High. That's also great.
That's where I recognise him from!

A friend of mine was raving about The Inbetweeners and I ended up watching the whole first series at his house one night (just a couple of days after he'd finished watching it for the first time). It is hilarious at times, but if there wasn't that charm some have mentioned it probably wouldn't work so well for me. I'm watching series 2 on Channel 4 at the moment.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by barrylowry » Sun Dec 20, 2009 23:00

Anyone else tried to join the 'Dead Hand Gang'?

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Aug 15, 2010 20:12

I've given in to denying it and now admit to myself that I've got a right crush on Will's mum.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by linus » Tue Aug 17, 2010 18:35


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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Aug 17, 2010 18:46

Ace!

James Buckley is on Shooting Stars tonight. With Paloma Faith.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by linus » Tue Aug 17, 2010 18:58

I'm attracted but then repelled

james may and louie spence are on it tonight too

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by linus » Mon Sep 13, 2010 22:31

that was the bollocks

or... more accurately... bollock

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by Dear Sir » Wed Sep 22, 2010 09:35

Jay's Dad is the show's secret weapon.

It's good that they don't overuse him, because everything out of his mouth (or other orifice) is puerile filth of the highest brilliance.

I'm also enjoying getting texts from my brothers at 10.01 pm on Mondays. The last one said "Mummy or ambulance".

And yes, I can't help being thoroughly attracted to Will's Mum.
Yawn.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by everard » Fri Oct 01, 2010 00:32

love the show, but i thought this week's episode (where simon's gf tries to pair off will with her friend) was the most unfunny one of the three series' so far. in fact it made for quite uncomfortable viewing in parts.

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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by let it ride » Fri Oct 01, 2010 20:24

everard wrote:love the show, but i thought this week's episode (where simon's gf tries to pair off will with her friend) was the most unfunny one of the three series' so far. in fact it made for quite uncomfortable viewing in parts.
That's the first episode I've seen. I got why it was meant to be funny, but I didn't laugh too much. Parts of it were pretty good though! I've always just seen it as a poor man's Freaks & Geeks kind of deal. Having read how much people like it, I might try watching it from the beginning to see if I feel differently about it :)
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Re: The Inbetweeners

Post by everard » Sat Oct 02, 2010 00:55

it doesn't have the scope or aspirations of freaks & geeks -- it's vaguely tender at times but there's no heartstring-pulling which counts in its favour, it just wouldn't ring true. f & g is an all-time great (perhaps in part cos it didn't get a chance to go downhill), this is 'just' one of the funniest contemporary shows. well worth seeing.

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