Quite Like: The Inbetweeners


The Inbetweeners E4

Nick T recommended this little gem – hidden away in E4’s dark and sweaty corner – and was largely ignored. But yesterday, lagging behind the times like the blinkered and dismissive old sod I am, I found the first series on Catch Up and tore through the first two back-to-back. And he’s right. Each episode of The Inbetweeners is a brief sojourn in bad taste with the odd moment of expertly-judged excess.

I think the reason it gets away with the relentless boner, wank, tit, shagging and shitting jokes is that it’s set in a school six-form where the predominant source of humour tend to be the sights, sounds and smells of bodily functions. What the writers get just right is the repetition inherent in the average 16 year old’s speech patterns. Especially the way one teenager will go beyond the realms of logic and through the wall of inanity and out the other side in their pursuit of comfirming their quarry is a bummer. Or a ‘bum-der’, which I learnt yesterday is a mixture of a ‘bummer’ and a ‘bender’.

At thirty years old I find The Inbetweeners funny, so logic dictates that the twelve year old me would most likely worship it, catching every episode on VHS for posterity, maybe even editing out the ad breaks to make the viewing process flow.

But 12 year olds don’t do those things these days. They probably sideload epishots onto their e-Phones and share them with friends in their emmy-sens messengers services, before going out and filming themselves happy-slapping emo-goths. The ‘orrible little shits.

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86 Responses to “Quite Like: The Inbetweeners”

  1. Alison Says:

    I fecking love this show. It kinda strikes me as a Peep Show as played by school kids, being that it mixes that desperation to be socially adequate with horrifyingly realistic embarrassing situations. The second series hasn’t been quite as good as the first (with the exception of episode one – we fell off the sofa laughing at the teacher-molestation and fish-punching scenes), but it’s still better than any other new sitcom showing right now.

    Basically, I want to DVDs and I want them now.


  2. Florent Didier Says:

    Haven’t seen it. BBC3 is not for me. (sob).
    Having recorded and studied The Wire, I cannot watch anything else.
    Series 2 begins early May..right? (something to do with the snooker).
    Is that pup Hendry still the top man?

  3. Nick T Says:

    I think the appeal is universal amongst men. I’m nearing 45 and can still identify with that stupid, ridiculous optimism that teenage boys have. The language may have changed somewhat, “mo” was our term for bender and spunk was gizz (all these new words) but the basic stupidity and clumsyness is still all but familiar.

    Morning yu guyz lol……

  4. Nick T Says:

    Florent, it’s on E4…

  5. Nick T Says:

    Oh it’s yu

  6. vones Says:

    Football Friend!

  7. Swineshead Says:

    He’s baiting me by using the first names of goalscorers from their FA Cup victory. I am above it, basically.

    When does Season 2 of The Wire begin on BBC2? I rewatched all of S1 and it was ace second time around. And I’ve probably said that so many times it’s making people bored senseless.

    Nick – Yep, shit and shag gags always get laughs but the fact that these characters are kids allows for even more repetition and excess as kids are so focused on the topic, what with being recently pubescent and all that.

    I’m also tearing through Sarah Silverman at the moment. Her programmes.

  8. Swineshead Says:

    I don’t get any of the quotes people are clearly posting here, btw. I’ve only seen episodes one and two.

  9. Florent Says:

    I am rather taken by the name Florent. Anyway, I think The Wire comes back in May. I’ll take a look at The Imbetweeners.

  10. Nick T Says:

    I watched the whole first series on “watch again” Am still to catch up on the last two of this new series, I may do that today.

  11. Swineshead Says:

    Mikey – Season 2 of Wire is a very different beast to 1. Be prepared.

    Nick – I’ve got too much good TV to watch. It’s doing my mind in. On top of Sarah Silverman (hurrrr) I’ve got this lot and In Treatment, that new HBO thing no British network will buy.

  12. piqued Says:

    I saw that Louis T prog last night, sweet Christ, the Americans are so wrong

  13. Napoleon Says:

    I’ve recorded that. Not entirely sure I want to watch it.

  14. Swineshead Says:

    ‘The Americans are so wrong’…

    Sweeping generalisation of the day award.

    Their legal system, specifically, is wrong on many levels… I’ll give you that. Banging up child-molesters after they’ve done their time?

    Louis is a bit serious these days… mid life crisis or sick of whimsy?

  15. Napoleon Says:

    It was better when he was talking to the likes of Jimmy Savile.

  16. Nick T Says:

    Trying to watch TIs, keep getting intereupted!

  17. piqued Says:

    It’s not just that SH, it’s the molesters themselves. They spoke of their abuses as if recalling a recipe for a delicious cake. Some of them couldn’t see what they’d done wrong and others were plying the system in order to get back into the community, but the vast majority will die in there. Essentially, the place is a death camp for pedos.

    Generalisation aside, when I say the Americans are so wrong, I’m talking about a collective mentality that allows this sort of shit to happen, Guantanamo bay, Native Americans, gun laws etc.,

  18. Napoleon Says:

    Of course, every other nation’s squeaky clean, ain’t it?

  19. Matt Says:

    There was a lot of denial in that LT Paedo documentary.

  20. Mel Says:

    So will this section be called Quite Like permanently?

  21. piqued Says:

    Of course not. Bit like Stewart Lee last night having a protracted pop at The Catholic Church and shying away from Islam. You can only accurately criticise what you know and understand.

    The Americans have this ‘trying to do the right thing’ going on whilst cynically basting their own turkey.

  22. Swineshead Says:

    Piqued… in some cases that might be considered healthy (I didn’t think they showed pleasure in recounting their crimes) . It’s all they can do to show, in some cases, that they’re no longer in denial about what they did and are able to tell you exactly what they did objectively, with hindsight. I thought that was actually refreshing and thought the counsellors for the most part were doing a good job.

    The worst aspect of the doc was the legality of locking people up who’ve committed no crime, I agree – but is that purely an American mentality?

    Why do you have to point a finger after watching a documentary? Theroux’s stuff is great precisely because it doesn’t seek to give you answers, just ask a few pertinent questions. The doc certainly wasn’t anti-American.

  23. Swineshead Says:

    Matt – renowned psychologist – speaks.

    Mel – I don’t see why not.

  24. Mel Says:

    Matt: Yes there was. Quite frightening as well, how adamant some of those people were. But what i was perplexed about was the fact that the psychologist made that man apologise for ‘verbal assualt’ when he just said he didn’t want her there for the interviews, because she was not his clinician, which i actually thought was fair argument, even if he was a bit rude about it.

  25. Swineshead Says:

    Mel – It troubled me at first but surely it’s essential that ex-offenders are able to address their past crimes without getting aggressive? I could see her point, despite the fact she was a clinical cyborg.

  26. Mel Says:

    Swines and piqued – i would say the mentality of locking people up who have committed no crime (or at least that there is insufficient evidence that they can be charged) is absolutely not simply an American mentality, and we are increasingly seeing it this side of the pond. After all, they have seen the Americans get away with it with impunity…

  27. Napoleon Says:

    They locked that lot up who were planning to protest at that power station t’other week. Bit sinister, that.

  28. Swineshead Says:

    You’re a bit sinister, Napoleon. A very sinister man.

  29. Mel Says:

    I agree with the point that he should have been able to own up to what he had done, and you make it very well up there about how it is important that they are no longer allowed to be in denial, but to further ‘criminalise’ what was essenially a disagreement on a point of view as assualt made me feel uneasy. I cannot think what the opposite of trivialised is right now (because i have a load to do at work, which is a real shame, because i would love to continue this discussion but am going to have to check out very soon) but it applies here. To escalate every action into a crime is also not going to help that man become ready to reintegrate to society.

    On the flip side of my locking up people without conviction argument above, i feel that i should point out that it was only those sex offenders that were deemed to still pose a significant risk to society that were detained further. I think this eeds pointing out, but that in itself leaves me in conflict.

  30. piqued Says:

    Didn’t say it was anti-American, nor did I say they were showing pleasure in recalling what they’d done. Most merely alluded to their crimes (in a very matter of fact manner) but were much keener to say how they’d reformed. Some just denied everything.

    I wasn’t pointing a finger either, not sure where you got that from. It was by and large a well rounded programme.

    But I agree the worst aspect is the American Penal system, let’s not forget G Bay and the fact they have the death penalty.

  31. Swineshead Says:

    ‘delicious cake’ implies they took pleasure in it.

    I didn’t say that you said it was anti-American, I said your stance having watched it was anti-American.

  32. Swineshead Says:

    Lovely day out there.

    I notice Ugeine apologised or his conduct yesterday. Was it that bad?

  33. Napoleon Says:

    I’m sinister? How am I sinister?

  34. Napoleon Says:

    Did he? I didn’t see that. I don’t think he had anything to apologise for, personally. It was muggins ‘ere being the big twat.

  35. Nick T Says:

    ugeine Says:

    April 20, 2009 at 6:19 pm
    Just came on quickly to say sorry to Napoleon, for Friday / Saturday like.

  36. Swineshead Says:

    I’m glad that’s resolved. You two usually make good sparring partners.

  37. piqued Says:

    That was an unfortunate simile; I meant a breezy matter of factness that gave no indication of the gravity of what they’d done. Louis had to constantly remind us of their crimes, it was easy to forget they’d preyed on children in the most despicable possible manner.

    Yes, my stance having watched it the programme reinforced my opinion that American society is very happy to quick fix their social problems, hence the death penalty and in this instance, a death camp for perverts. They deal in subdivisions. Look at the way they treated their own (free) residence of New Orleans during and after the flood…. As far as the management of the country it was just a black ghetto, no one helped.

    (I’ll admit to crying with laugher when they sung Addams Family though.)

  38. Napoleon Says:

    Fair enough. Here’s to Ugeine!

    *raises glass*
    *pisse trousers*

    I don’t suppose any of you have watched that Henry VIII thing that’s been going on on Channel Four, have you? It’s very interesting, but I’m a bit sick of David Starkey saying stuff like:

    “The matter of Henry’s divorce from Catherine had now been dragging on for several yuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrs.”

    I’ve never heard anybody pronounce ‘years’ in such an annoying way before.

  39. Napoleon Says:

    ‘Pisses’, not ‘pisse’. That sounds suspiciously French.

  40. piqued Says:

    (the programme)

  41. indy Says:

    is this the same inbetweeners that the guardian’s the guide (28/3) gave two pages of praise? skins/peep show combo?

  42. Swineshead Says:

    Does he sing ‘I’m Henry the 8th I am, I am’?

    If not, why not?

  43. Swineshead Says:

    That sounds about right, Indy. Didn’t read the article though.

  44. breeks Says:

    i saw the paedo thing – i think louis was a bit out of his depth, really.

    inbetweeners is on ‘to see’ list.

    i am a few episodes into the wire season 2 dvd and so far like it better than the first.

    naps is sinister like a baby bird is sinister.

    i’ll tell you who was sinister, that ‘clinician’ who accused verbal abuse. she were sinister, like. not that sad leftover-looking paedo dude.

    i’ve actually worked with paedophiles (as my clients, yes, not colleagues. well, not as far as i’m aware colleagues…gah) …. society at general (louis included – where were the backstories to all these sad, broken people who went on to make other people sad and broken, eh? – forget that paedophiles aren’t born, they’re made.



  45. Swineshead Says:

    A couple of them gave their backstories without any prompting, Breeks.


  46. Napoleon Says:

    Sadly, Dr. Starkey has yet to sing ‘I’m ‘Enery The Eighth, I Am’. With one show in this series to go, the prospects that he will sing ‘I’m ‘Enery The Eighth, I Am’ seem to be slipping away. Still, Starkey looks like he has many yuuuuuuuuuurrrs left in him, so we might still see his rendition at some stage in the future. Here’s hoping.

    What is it about TV historians and odd quirks? The bloke wot presented that ‘Mind Of The Medieval Man’ series pronounced ‘known’ and ‘own’ as ‘knowen’ and ‘owen’, Niall Ferguson says ‘Bruttish Empaaaaaarrrgggghh’ for ‘British Empire’, and Simon Schama gesticulates so much, you wonder if he’s got Tigger jammed up his arse.

    Aren’t there any normal historians?

  47. indy Says:

    piqued: apparently death penalty isn’t much of a quick fix. it takes ages to get “it” done (processes in court) and it’s all together more expensive than to keep them in prison for life. many american states are now abolishing or considering abolishing death penalty because of the financial situation.

  48. Swineshead Says:

    Remember the historian on The Fast Show. I can’t remember his schtick, but remember it being bloody hilarious.

  49. indy Says:

    i didn’t see the lt show (i played civ IV because swedish tv sucks) but i can see the brasseye special potentials.

  50. Napoleon Says:

    I can’t remember what he did either. Wasn’t there one where he kept fucking something up in a garden? Or was that something else?

  51. piqued Says:

    ‘piqued: apparently death penalty isn’t much of a quick fix. it takes ages to get “it” done (processes in court) and it’s all together more expensive than to keep them in prison for life. many american states are now abolishing or considering abolishing death penalty because of the financial situation.’

    Keeps the lawyers fat and the American right happy though.

  52. indy Says:

    Keeps the lawyers happy and the fat American right too

  53. piqued Says:

    Oddly I was only looking at this on Friday

  54. Napoleon Says:

    I keep getting this thing saying:

    “Gosh Darnit!!” We got a 408 error, which means this website is overloaded … etc.

    Bit familiar, that.

  55. Swineshead Says:

    I keep getting that. Hopefully we’ll be shot of that nonsense when we move…

  56. Florent Says:

    With regards to America. You always got to remember it is a federal country. States are different and have different attitudes. The death penalty is not universal. Some states are more open to new ideas, California etc, some are backward and red neck. It is difficult to generalise.

  57. Swineshead Says:

    You can buy weed pretty much legally in California.

    *checks real estate prices*

  58. piqued Says:

    Agreed, but they still have a centralised government, Florent

  59. piqued Says:

    …you can in Hackney SH

  60. Napoleon Says:

    I thought California has the death penalty?

  61. piqued Says:

    It does, NC

  62. indy Says:

    florent: “It is difficult to generalise.”

    no. it’s very easy.

  63. Florent Says:

    Yes, but it is interesting that the State government actually has far more poer than we imagine. Yes, Washington sets national policy ie, invading other countries etc, but the individual state govt. is pretty much in control of itself.
    Also what other country could come up with The Wire?

  64. Napoleon Says:

    “It is difficult to generalise.”

    I’d agree with that. I can generalise about any nation on earth at the drop of a hat.

  65. Napoleon Says:

    Disagree, rather.

  66. indy Says:

    florent: “Some states are more open to new ideas, California etc”

    sorry, nothing personal, florent but are we talking of the state california that voted against gay marriage? very open to new ideas…

  67. Napoleon Says:

    “Also what other country could come up with The Wire?”

    Any country that has decent television writers in it?

    I wonder how many people have been put off watching The Wire by the constant fawning over it?

  68. Nick T Says:

    *Puts up hand*

  69. ugeine Says:

    My brother loves this show. its really big at his Sixth Form. Which I think is a good thing because it sounds like a well written show that’s not aimed at a youth demographic in the same way Skins is, it sounds more like it’s aimed at adults then anything.

    Some of the biggest programmes from my own youth, that were really popular at school (Black Books) is one example, were well written sit coms that were aimed at adults. Not ‘yoof dramas’ or any of that crap.

  70. Napoleon Says:

    I’d forgotten about Black Books. That was a good ‘un.

  71. Florent Says:

    Yep sure Indy…I am sure that there are tons of examples and I do not know every states policy on stuff. What I do think is happening though is that the US is getting older in a very real sense; in terms of buildings getting older, and history getting longer. Also on a visit to Miami not so long ago, I was amazed that Spanish is the number one language. On a previous visit some years before, yes you heard Spanish but not as it is today. There are so many dynamics occuring in US society that our perception is essentially a WASP perception, due to that being the natural grouping that the media and politicians in this country would naturally confer with. These are just random thoughts and should no way be taken as a rigid argument.

  72. indy Says:

    “Also what other country could come up with The Wire?”

    put 100 desperate house wife writers in front of 100 type writers for 100 years…

  73. Napoleon Says:

    I base my impressions of the USA entirely on the 1980s film ‘Scarface’. They’re still cutting people in half with chainsaws over there, aren’t they?

  74. Swineshead Says:

    My impression of the USA in based on teen hit Weird Science. That’s why I sit in front of a computer all day.

  75. indy Says:

    florent: i was in NY this christmas/ny eve and was surprised about all the adds in the underground being in both english and spanish as well. it’s very interesting especially when we see new alliances like for in stance the minorities (black and latin) going to vote for obama (progressive) but at the same time being morally conservative. maybe the future for the republican party lies in the religious minorities rather than the classic red state redneck biblebelt stereotype…

  76. Napoleon Says:

    Kelly Le fucking Brock. PHWOOOOOAAAAR! Was it The Woman In Red where she was wearing those jodphurs and riding boots? PHWOOOOOAAAAR!

  77. Florent Says:

    indy.couldn’t agree more. It’s difficult to generalise.

  78. Nick T Says:

    The BBC have given up their experiment with producing programmes of 65 minutes and have returned to the standard hour.
    Possibly the most boring experiment this century…

  79. Napoleon Says:

    I didn’t even know this experiment had been going on.

  80. Interceptor Says:

    Can’t believe this isn’t more popular-the reason it works is that it is exactly how 90% of people spent their time at secondary school-trying to get drunk, looking at girls who wouldn’t look back and making up new offensive phrases, much more realistic than Skins. On a USA note, I was out in Idaho recently (looking at a girl who wouldnt look back if you must know) and yeah we get the WASP view, but the whole place is full of crazed bible-bashing rednecks! Favourite quote comes from my cab driver (on noticing a new building going up)”A Unitarian church eh?so we can all worship together? They sound like the kind of people who want to TALK to the terrorists…” Because, as we all know, Boise is top of Al Quaeda’s list right?

  81. Napoleon Says:

    I reckon the small Lincolnshire market town of Louth is top of Al Quaeda’s list.

  82. Nick T Says:

    I only notice as it’s part of my job Naps.

    What is Boise?

  83. Interceptor Says:

    Boise – think Scunthorpe heated up to 300 degrees by a mercyless desert sun. (is that how you spell ‘mercyless’?) God alone knows what HP (computers, not sauce) are doing there, maybe they are mormons?

  84. indy Says:

    hm.. watching series 1 episode 2…

    quite like.

  85. indy Says:

    i like the locksmith from mighty boosh and julius from the thick of it as angry dads.

  86. Hack Cubby Says:

    Hack Cubby…

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