British Comedy – ‘The Inbetweeners’
Created by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, ‘The Inbetweeners’ is British comedy at it’s finest. The series aired from 2008-2010 and was very successful during that time winning various awards. The plot follows 4 school boys as they deal with school life, being wildly unpopular people. Not to mention the amount of failed sexual encounters, making us laugh every time at their pure idiocy.
Not trying to sound extra, but this series is iconic. Obviously it is a fantastic series, and it didn’t even ruin itself by becoming a film. In fact I found the films quite enjoyable. But iconic in the way it portrays stereotypes of British schools and more importantly British students. The fact that a lot of people still think that we are all posh, well mannered and well dressed people makes me laugh. We don’t all speak like the Queen and drink tea while gambling all day.
The Real Stereotype
The actors do a fantastic job at portraying the different types of students in Britain. Starting with the nerd, Will. Although nerds could be portrayed as cute, he’s plain awkward and far up his own arse, awful at interacting with girls. Simon is the useless, cynical friend constantly chasing after the same girl and getting nowhere. Jay is by far the most immature of the lads, constantly talking about so-called sexual encounters and compulsive lies, when in reality he is just as useless as the rest. And finally there is Neil, completely clueless with no grasp on the concept of sarcasm, unusually positive all the time. This should be the real stereotype of Britain. Trust me we really aren’t posh.
And myself being British I can 100% confirm that this is exactly what all school boys are like in England, the writers of ‘The Inbetweeners’ really hit the nail on the head. What makes the show successful is the relatability of the scenarios and the characters (whether we know them/literally are them). They aren’t top secret agents or the most popular kids in school, they’re simple losers and that’s great. And the scenarios have happened to everyone, be it a failed night out or being completely crap at social situations. It’s all this simplicity rolled together that makes it so funny.
What I originally meant to say was, if you really want to know what British schools are like, you have to watch this. If you want to know what British students are like, you have to watch this. Because in my opinion it has never been portrayed more accurately and humorously in the whole history of the media.