YMMV / The Young Ones

  • Acceptable Targets: Hippies, Margaret Thatcher, the police, apartheid, the privileged... virtually everyone is ripe for scrutiny on this show.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The show just loves these. Doesn't matter what episode you pick, there will be one in there. For example, 'Summer Holiday' has a pair of ants discussing the idea that humans can build bridges, and asking how they can get them into the disco. Another moment has a garden gnome coming to life, saying that it wasn't a gnome just called, but a hippie. In some ways, this show is one long B.L.A.M.
  • Crosses the Line Twice - Vyvyan's Amusing Injuries and violent exploits, several times over:
    • Loses his head after sticking it out of a train window. He later has an altercation with his headless body after it comes to find him.
    • This trope is essentially what makes the cricket bat scene funny.
    Rick: Ha! Missed both my legs!
    • Vyvyan's "row of collies" tries for this, but doesn't impress Mike.
    • Going outside and pushing the entire left wall of the house inwards by several feet in a fit of frustration after finding out that the VCR's cord is too short to reach the plug (and then smashing the window to get back inside).
    • Mike hitting a golf ball into the toilet while Neil's sitting on it, and Rick inadvertently catching it after he throws it back.
      • That....wasn't the ball he caught....
  • Dawson Casting: The characters are university undergraduates but Nigel Planer (Neil) was 29 during the first series and Christopher Ryan (Mike) was 32. Though it is sort of hinted that Mike is more mature than the others and in any case he's only at the university through bribery and blackmail. Adrian Edmondson (Vvyan) and Rik Mayall however weren't too far off the average age of an undergraduate, being 25 and 24 respectively.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Vyvyan often gets this treatment in the existing fandom. As far as fanfiction goes, expanding on his hinted Dark and Troubled Past is a popular focus.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Vyvyan is often what people remember most about this show, due to his fairly explosive nature and vivid appearance.
    • Among Alexei Sayle's various roles, the South African Driving Instructor Vampire (a.k.a. Harry the Bastard) for not only being funny in his own right, but also central to the episode's storyline.
  • Foe Yay: Obviously, Rick and Vyvyan.
    Rick: Oh, so you've been going through my Y-fronts have you, Vyvyan? I suppose you fancy me, is that it?
    Vyvyan: (pause) Yes! As a matter of fact I do, Rick. I really really fancy you, and I want to give you a big girly kiss on the bottom!
    Rick: Urgh, Mike, Vyvyan's gone all funny! He says he wants to kiss my bottom!
    Vyvyan: Oh! Did I say kiss you on the bottom? I'm very sorry, what I meant was, stick a pickaxe through your spinal column!!
    • In the Bachelor Boys book, Rick writes a spy story in which he emphasises that the hot air hostess who wants to shag him is "a real girly, don't forget, not Vyvyan in a dress."
    • Not as blatant as Rick and Vyvyan, but there's some Foe Yay with Rick and Neil, particularly the way Rick seems to have No Sense of Personal Space with Neil at all.
  • Genius Bonus: In "Nasty", Vyvyan threatens to kill Rick, to which Rick sarcastically responds "What devastating repartee! Talk about Oscar Wilde!" Oscar Wilde named the younger of his two sons Vyvyan. Yes, that same spelling.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Rick is dead! The People's Poet is dead!" Depressing after Rik Mayall's death.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: While it's not a home that's become a shrine to Rik Mayall, an area in Hammersmith, London which has been used to film Bottom has become a shrine for Mayall, with people leaving memorials for The Peoples' Poet, and having him be celebrated for his work in both The Young Ones AND Bottom.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While Neil was intended to be a hippy, nowadays he feels like a prediction of the emo subculture.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Yes, really. A game appeared in 1984 that was boring and unintuitive to say the least. Being an Unwinnable Obvious Beta didn't help.
  • Relationship Sue: Related to Draco in Leather Pants above. Many, many female OCs in Young Ones fanfiction exist solely to be Vyvyan’s perfect bird (when he's not being shipped with Rick).
  • The Scrappy: Mike isn't anywhere near as popular as Rick, Vyvyan, or Neil, but Alexei Sayle's various roles appear to be most disliked, possibly because of how they come out of nowhere and proceed to interrupt the episode for several minutes. It's telling that "Bambi" is considered to be the funniest episode and has Sayle's role shorter than usual. Rick is probably this in-universe, as well as Neil to some extent.
  • Tear Jerker: Surprisingly, the very end of the series where the bus they stole crashes and explodes. The ending credits have everyone who was in the series listed in alphabetical order, and not by what they contributed, which seemed kind of heartwarming and out of place at the same time. The sad "doo-wop" music also contributed.
  • Wangst: Parodied.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?
  • The Woobie: He might be whiny and a bit dim, but it's easy to feel bad for Neil, especially when the other lads react with utter indifference when he tells them it's his birthday.
    • Jerkass Woobie: A case can be made for Vyvyan. His mother treats him like shit and he doesn't have a dad.