MTV’s ‘The Inbetweeners’ Stars Explain the Show’s Appeal for Guys and Gals (VIDEO)

By: Jethro Nededog / August 20, 2012

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MTV continues its scripted programming push on the heels of successes like Teen Wolf and Awkward with their new comedy, The Inbetweeners.

“The show is about four guys who are struggling through high school,” Joey Pollari tells us when he and the show’s other stars Bubba Lewis, Zack Pearlman and Mark L. Young dropped by the Celebuzz studios in Hollywood recently.

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“They’re trying to be relevant. They’re trying to be popular, sort of, and be cool,” Pollari, who plays Will, the show’s new student and narrator continues. “And they’re failing at every single one of those attempts, especially with girls.”

Based on a British series of the same name, it’s executive produced by Brad Copeland whose work includes critically acclaimed comedies Arrested Development and My Name Is Earl. And like the original UK version, it focuses on a group that doesn’t always get much attention.

“The inbetweeners are the not cool, not nerdy [kids], the in-between,” Pearlman, who plays Jay, the self-appointed leader of the crew, tells us.

“It’s, I think, refreshing to see a show that goes toward that group, because that’s most people,” he continues. “Most people are the in-betweeners. And I’d say we all fell into that in high school.”

While the guys themselves would say that the series lands in the category of “guy humor,” there’s certainly some heart thrown in there as well.

For instance, there’s Simon who has been in love with Carly (Alex Frnka) since they were eight-years-old, but she still sees him as a kid.

“I think guys and girls are going to be able to relate to that so much,” Lewis, who plays lovesick Simon, says. “Most guys, certainly me growing up, there’s that one girl that you were just like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ And she just didn’t even notice you or see you that way.”

“Girls will love [Carly's] perspective dealing with the four boys,” he continues. “And dealing with this kid that’s genuinely obsessed with her and wants to be the best for her, but she just doesn’t want that yet.”

Get to know the guys better – watch our interviews above and below.

The Inbetweeners premieres Monday at 10:30 PM on MTV.