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!