Once again, MTV is attempting to squeeze some humor and popularity out of a beloved British TV series. Those with a Netflix account (or access to British television) may be familiar with the hilarious teen comedy The Inbetweeners, a series about a bunch of awkward kids trying to navigate adolescence. There's a sort of Superbad vibe to the original series, and that applies to MTV's remake of the series, which premiered last night and is online now!
MTV premiered the Brad Copeland-developed U.S. remake of The Inbetweeners last night, and those who didn't catch it can watch it in its entirety below.
We can call a remake of Inbetweeners unnecessary and unoriginal, especially when factoring in the availability of the original Damon Beesley/Iain Morris created series via Netflix (if you haven't checked it out yet, I definitely recommend). But the series itself (original or remade) seems like a step in the right direction for MTV in terms of its original programming.
The focus on sexuality, partying and the sad hilarity of high school awkwardness fits along the same lines of MTV's Awkward, one of the network's better humor-focused original programs in recent years. That said, I watch Awkward because it's entertaining and because I haven't seen it already. The Inbetweeners looks like it could grow into something funny, but right now it's really hard to say because some of the funniest moments were based on scenes/lines from the original. Is a joke ever as funny the second time you hear it? I'd love to see how the show does by taking the basic premise of the series - a bunch of average teen boys and one smartly-dressed new-kid, being kids in high school - and veering away from the same jokes and moments of of the original series.
So, I'm interested in hearing the feedback from those who haven't seen the original and watched MTV's premiere? What did you think? Any good?
The Inbetweeners airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. on MTV.