The BEST Episodes of The Young Ones

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 9, 2020

Network: BBC Two

The misadventures of four lunatic students who live in a shared student house. There's Rik, the overblown political one addicted to Cliff Richard, Vyvian the experimental scientific one/part-time anarchist, Neil the worried hippy, and Mike the ladies' man (at least he is in his mind).

Demolition

#1 - Demolition

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 9, 1982

Rick, Neil, Mike and Vyvyan learn that the council plans to rip down their home. Vyvyan tries to demolish it himself from the inside and Neil wants to commit suicide.

star 8.55
332 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Oil

#2 - Oil

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 16, 1982

Mike, Neil, Vyvyan and Rick move into their new home. Vyvyan thinks he has found oil in the basement and Mike quickly takes control of the situation by ordering the others to do the digging.

star 8.39
276 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Bambi

#3 - Bambi

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 8, 1984

The reprobates from Scumbag College test their mental dexterity against Footlights College on a TV quiz show - but not before Vivian loses his head.

star 8.38
231 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Summer Holiday

#4 - Summer Holiday

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 19, 1984

The housemates are trying to find ways to amuse themselves during the summer holidays, but then Mr Balowski turns up and evicts them. Now it's a matter of survival, so they decide to rob a bank.

star 8.23
75 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Boring

#5 - Boring

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 23, 1982

Oblivious to terrorists, dancing vegetables, and card-playing mice, the boys complain of being bored.

star 8.07
223 votes
Directors: Geoff Posner
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Bomb

#6 - Bomb

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 30, 1982

The students wonder what to do when an unexploded bomb lands in their house. Mike sees an opportunity to make money, Rick wants to use it as a blackmail tool and Vyvyan tries to detonate it, but Neil's just worried about surviving the inevitable blast.

star 8.02
220 votes
Directors: Geoff Posner
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Interesting

#7 - Interesting

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 7, 1982

The boys decide to throw a party, but before long it descends into chaos. A preachy Christian turns up, Rick gets annoyed when their guests arrive early, Cinderella appears, and Vyvyan tries to impress some girls.

star 7.97
181 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Cash

#8 - Cash

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired May 15, 1984

The gang are desperately short of cash, forcing Neil to get a job. The army turn him down but he gets on surprisingly well being a police officer instead. Meanwhile, Vyvyan announces he's pregnant.

star 7.96
176 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Time

#9 - Time

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 5, 1984

Neil gets kidnapped by a medieval knight, while Rick believes he's finally managed to seduce a woman.

star 7.75
111 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Flood

#10 - Flood

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 14, 1982

A spell of bad weather means the friends must find ways to amuse themselves inside the house. As they play hide-and-seek, Jerzy Balowski is transformed into an axe-wielding maniac.

star 7.62
186 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Sick

#11 - Sick

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 12, 1984

A bout of illness puts a strain on Vivian's usual easygoing approach to communal living. The somewhat delicate matter of Rick's lost virginity raises further consternation.

star 7.60
115 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall
Nasty

#12 - Nasty

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 29, 1984

It's an ordinary evening: Neil's having a bath, Rick's reading Cosmopolitan, and Mike and Vyvyan are trying to watch video nasties. But before the night is over, the gang will have to bury a vampire.

star 7.45
124 votes
Writers: Ben Elton, Lise Mayer, Rik Mayall