Beaver Falls Debut Full of Stereotypes

When it comes to American summer camp pop cultural stereotypes and cliches, there aren’t too many the premier of British teen comedy Beaver Falls misses. The debut episode, which aired in the U.K. on July 27 introduces audiences to a cast of oversexed counselors, spoiled rich kids, overweight campers, cruel and conceited jocks and a clueless camp director with a cougar wife.

The show follows three university pals – a womanizing Scot, a heartbroken Asian whose friends call him A-rab and a perverted stoner – who score jobs at a California summer camp in hopes of having the summer of their lives. Upon arrival, their dreams of a carefree party-filled summer are shattered when they learn they will be sharing a cabin with the camp misfits, a group of overweight kids who are easy targets for the jock cabin, which naturally is led by a square-jawed muscular pretty boy who is dating the head lifeguard.

Since only the three main characters are British, the show has more of an American feel than most British dramas and the opening episode feels more like a American Pie-style teen sex comedy than it does a weekly hour-long drama. A few tweaks and changes and an extra half-hour added on the end and you’d pretty much have A Pig’s Tale, Heavyweights and Meatballs with a British accent.

While for the most part the main characters are given shallow introductions, the episode does give some glimpses into the lives the three Brits leave behind – an embarrassing public wedding proposal, a worried mum and fudged academic bios their campers discover and use as leverage – and promise more depth in future episodes.

Crass and crude with language reserved for premium cable in the states – think Skins – the show is definitely for mature audiences, but the debut isn’t without its more innocent light-hearted and exaggerated-for-effect moments like a scene where the gang of misfit campers at the close of the episode help pull out each other’s wedgies.

The show isn’t officially available in the U.S. yet but if you Google it you’ll find a way to watch it.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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