The Inbetweeners

A couple of weeks ago, a friend of ours let us borrow the first two seasons of The Inbetweeners, a British sitcom.  Recently I had seen previews for the movie that was released in 2011, but I didn’t know anything about the series.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  The weekend it snowed in London we decided to stay in and watch this series.  There are only six episodes per season.

Will (Simon Bird) has just started at a new school.  After his parents’ divorce, his mother can no longer afford to send him to a private school.  He is not pleased about leaving his private school and entering the world of Rudge Park Comprehensive, a fictional school.  Will becomes friends with three boys at the school.  Jay Cartwright (James Buckley) is a compulsive liar who likes to talk about his sexual exploits and give advice.  On most occasions the advice is really bad, but humorous.  Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison) is the half-wit member of the group.  Last, there is Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas), the most normal of the group who has a crush on his childhood friend, Carli, and he will do almost anything to be with her.   Unfortunately for Simon, Carli is dating an older boy who can drive.

The four boys get into trouble at school, with their parents, and with girls.  The writing of the show is superb.  One crazy thing happens after another.  I should warn you though, that the humor can be quite crude at times.  If you don’t like this type of humor, I wouldn’t suggest this series for you.  For me, this series made me look back at my own teen years and all the awkwardness that I endured, though not to the extent of this show.  The Inbetweeners made me laugh out loud on many occasions.  And it was a great way to stay in on a snowy weekend.   I need to track down the last season!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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24 Responses to The Inbetweeners

  1. The movie is worth a watch if you know the series as well. Think my fav characters are Will and the head teacher 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’ve heard mixed reviews on the movie. Good to know that you liked it. I would like to watch it after I finish the series. My favorite character is Simon. I love his facial expressions.

  2. Novroz says:

    The Brits sure know how to make people laugh!!

    I am also enjoying a Brit sitcom, it’s only 4seasons and yes with only 6episodes per season, called The IT Crowd. It makes my stomach hurt because of its hilarity.

    I will search for this one too…I am on fire British Series. Thank you for reviewing it, otherwise I wouldn’t know about this.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks for letting me know about the IT Crowd. I’ll have to look for that series since I loved The Inbetweeners. I’m loving British sitcoms–so funny!

  3. Heard of this but hesitated to start watching the show. Maybe I’ll give it a try after all 🙂

  4. The Hook says:

    Sounds awesome! I love Britcoms!

  5. I love The Inbetweeners, its so funny!

  6. Caroline says:

    I’m not sure I’ve herad of this but it’s possible that my boyfrined watched it when he was in the UK recently. I think he mentioned it. I have to ask him.

  7. I’m glad you posted this. I really need to watch this series. 🙂

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    I haven’t heard of this, but I do like good comedies!

  9. IsobelandCat says:

    Like you, I came late to this dries and it made me laugh a lot. Have you discovered Outnumbered yet?

  10. Kristina says:

    I haven’t watch this, maybe I should 🙂 I love a good British comedy 🙂

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