THE INBETWEENERS (BBC America) Review January 20, 2010 BBC America, Reviews BBC America is debuting back to back episodes of a fantastic new show called THE INBETWEENERS on Monday January 25th at 9 PM ET/PT. After the debut, the show will air on its regular day and time on Wednesdays at 9:30 PM on BBC America. The first episode is about the main character, 16 year old Will McKenzie’s, first day at a new school following the divorce of his parents. Will isn’t like the other kids in this suburban public school and he gets made fun of immediately for sporting a brief case. Determined to not fall into the nerd clique, Will basically stalks some of the other guys in his year until they let him hang out with them. Will and his 3 new friends (Simon, Jay and Neil) are neither the coolest kids nor the nerdiest – hence “The Inbetweeners”. In Episode 1, Will tries to fit in by ordering beer for his friends at a pub. When his plans backfire he manages to make enemies out of his whole school, as well as the head of his 6 form. What makes matters worse for Will is everyone seems to think that his mom is a total hottie. What a bad way to start off the year. I think teenagers will love The Inbetweeners because it is instantly relatable. Adults will love it as well because it’s actually very funny. Although it’s a British show, I think it translates to the American audience very well. There isn’t much British slang in episode 1, and I was able to figure out most of it based on the context of the conversation. I think fans of such shows as “How I Met Your Mother” and “Family Guy” might appreciate the humor of The Inbetweeners. I also got the chance to check out episode 2 tonight and you are not going to want to miss it. What starts as an innocent plot to get girls, end with a disabled girl getting hit in the face with a Frisbee. Not to be mean or insensitive or whatever, but do I really need to give you more reasons to check it out? Episode 2 is about the boys bunking off school and getting in all sorts of mischief together. For example, does anybody know what a ‘bumder’ is? You will be the end of episode 2. Watching this show reminds me how similar teenagers are around the world. Even though England is half a world away, young boys still want to skip school and get drunk like they do in America. Some things are just universal I guess. The writing on Inbetweeners is fantastic, and one of the many reasons why I love the show. The show’s writers (Iain Morris and Damon Beesley) seem to have a winner on their hands. It wouldn’t be their first time. Morris and Beesley have also written 2 episodes of Flight of the Conchords, and chances are if you are a fan of FOTC, you will appreciate The Inbetweeners. They are both are filled with cringe-worthy laughs and unforgettable characters. Another thing that I love about The Inbetweeners, and most other British shows for that matter, is that the characters are normal looking, and the show isn’t over produced. Remember to check out The Inbetweeners Monday January 25th at 9 PM on BBC America. Real characters, plenty of laughs, violence against the mentally handicapped, seriously people, what are you waiting for?