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‘The Inbetweeners:’ It’s like ‘Skins’ Meets ‘Torchwood’ Meets ‘The Office’ Meets ‘Mr. Bean’ Meets Other BBC Programmes

Okay, so above the comparisons were mostly lies, but, as already been oft-said, British import The Inbetweeners is a like a sitcom version of Skins.  It’s to Skins as Undeclared was to Freaks & Geeks.  Which means it’s good, if a little lacking on dramatic depth.  The quick cuts and camera work also evoke shades of Arrested Development, if Arrested Development took place in the UK, featured teenage boys, and dispensed with the self-referential gags and cutaway jokes.  So, basically in no way like Arrested Development other than that it’s a one camera, handheld comedy.  Oh, and it has a narrator.

The first two episodes aired Monday night on BBC America and they were fit!  Below is my favorite scene from either show (stolen from PopCandy)

As my roommate so astutely pointed out, doesn’t series star Simon Bird look just like a young John Oliver.  Uncanny!

Catch a new episode tonight in its regular 9:30pm time slot on whatever channel BBC America is on your cable provider.  Don’t ask me to look it up for you.  You have the internet.

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