Fresh Meat, (Channel 4)
American comedies are great, but there’s no denying that British sitcoms have an advantage with their lack of censors hovering over the writers’ shoulders. There’s a reason why premium cable shows are always significantly higher in quality: The writing is better, yes, but they also don’t have to worry about the FCC as much as a network comedy. Real life isn’t censored, so why should our television be?
That said, Fresh Meat is a show that could never air on any basic network station. Though extremely funny, it's as raunchy as it gets. A group of young kids, in their first year of university, are forced to live in a house together because the dorms have all filled up. Remember your first year of college? Of course not! We were all too drunk and crazy back then to remotely recall anything now. In that sense, the show is quite realistic.
In addition to its humor, the show can also pull your metaphorical heartstrings. There are a few emotional moments that even touched our jaded souls. Fresh Meat is a cross between the dearly departed fellow British shows Skins and The Inbetweeners, both of which have been remade for American audiences by MTV in the worst ways possible. Thus, it’s safe to say that Fresh Meat could meet the same unfortunate fate at some point in the near future. Do yourselves a favor and watch the real thing before that happens.