Move over Shameless – a new sitcom aims to depict what working class life is really like.
Raised By Wolves is a six-part Channel 4 series, following a successful pilot episode that aired in 2013. It’s a modern-day re-imagining of the pair’s wonderfully chaotic teenage years in a large and unconventional working class ‘Wolvo’ family.
The action focuses on “verbally incontinent” home-schooled Germaine, her introverted sister Aretha (based respectively on Caitlin and Caz, played by Helen Monks and Alexa Davies) and their siblings, as they deal with hormones, boredom and underage drinking in a roost ruled by single mother Della (Rebekah Staton).
Raised By Wolves begins on Channel 4 on Monday, March 16.
It’s a great coming of age comedy and we’ve found 5 more that are also worth checking out if you’ve never seen them:
1. The Inbetweeners
Geeky teen Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) and his three pals were thrown into all sorts of awkward situations in this E4 sitcom, which ran from 2008 to 2010 and spawned two hugely successful movie versions.
2. My Mad Fat Diary
Based on author Rae Earl’s My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, this E4 comedy-drama follows Rae (Sharon Rooney), an overweight 16-year-old who is struggling with mental health issues. A third series is in the pipeline.
3. The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
Will Smith got his big break playing a teenager from West Philadelphia sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in this US sitcom, which aired from 1990 to 1996.
The Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik played Blossom Russo, a floppy hat-wearing teenager living with her dad and brothers, in this popular US comedy which ran from 1990 to 1995.
5. Boy Meets World
Cornelius ‘Cory’ Matthews (Ben Savage) went from curly-mopped schoolboy to married man in this sitcom, which hit screens in 1993 and aired until 2000.