This article is from the The Young Ones FAQ, by Andrew Wong BritCom@audiophile.com with numerous contributions by others.
The Young Ones is a British-made television sitcom made in 1982 and 1984,
about four totally mis-matched students sharing a house together in the
But like all classic television programmes, it transcended its' roots to
become the classic British comedy series of the early 1980s, helping to
launch the then-alternative comedy scene into mainstream TV culture.
Like Monty Python in the 1960s and The Goodies in the 1970s, it
occasionally went into surreal sketches and characters that retained a
vague, at best link to the main narrative.
Almost every significant "alternative" British comedian of the late 1980s
and 1990s were featured in The Young Ones, either on screen or behind the
scenes. People such as Chris Barrie, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Elton, Dawn
French, Stephen Fry, Hale & Pace, Lenny Henry, Hugh Laurie, Norman Lovett,
Griff Rhys Jones, Tony Robinson, Jennifer Saunders, Mel Smith, and
two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson got their first starts on television
through The Young Ones.