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Added by tartan_skirt on 13 Jan 2011 01:19
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American Remakes of British Comedies

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Red Dwarf (1992)
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Run: Two pilots, unaired.
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Run: 2 seasons.
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Coupling (2003)
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Run: Cancelled after 4 episodes.
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Run: 7 seasons (ongoing).
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Teachers. (2006)
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Run: Cancelled after 6 episodes.
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The IT Crowd (2007)
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Though it hasn't actually been screened yet, despite being made three years ago, the pilot was basically a word-for-word copy of the original series. Richard Ayoade even still holds the role of Moss. Why is this necessary? Somebody tell me.

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Spaced (2008)
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Being Human (2011)
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Skins (2011)
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This is absolutely dire. The first episode closely copies the UK show, but it doesn't translate well. The kids also can't fucking act for shit.

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Shameless (2011)
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Episodes (2011)
A new series dealing with the woes a couple go through when their television show is picked up for an American remake. For a start, the studio wants to replace the eloquent headmaster (left), with a formerly popular American star (right).

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For some reason America loves our comedies, but then decide they can do it better. The results are usually sub-par copies that the studio tries to make into something sexy and glamorous, in which the humour doesn't transfer properly and we are left to wonder WHY?!

It's probably a good thing that most of them are cancelled at the pilot or couple of episode stages.

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Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jan 26 17:41
The only remakes that I actually enjoyed were Being Human, Shameless, and The Office.

Completely agree with you on the US Skins, except I actually like three of the actors (the girls who play Tea, Michelle, and Daisy), I hate the American version of Tony, Stanley needs to cut his hair and be less desperate, and Chris hasn't done enough for me to have an opinion of him.

I haven't seen the original version of Shameless, but I do like the American show.

Being Human actually has potential and is decent, the actors are pretty good.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jan 26 18:33
It doesn't go wrong every time, I agree, but its not the best way to make new shows by far. The main thing I dislike about the US Skins is that they have changed the characters in weird ways. "Stanley" is not an adorable social nightmare, he's disgusting; Tea is just one gay stereotype replaced with another; Tony is an arsehole with no charm; Chris appears a little too over the top.

And what kind of name is Eura?!
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 9 14:52
OH, good list

I didn't know there was an American Version of Red Dwarf
and now that I think about it, I nearly bought Red Dwarf on Blu ray and have this feeling if I did; it would of been the American copy
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 9 19:07
Thank God the American IT Crowd didn't work. Community without Joel Mchale would suck.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 9 19:30
Agreed.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 11 0:29
I tried the American versions of Skins, Shameless and Being Human recently. The only one I stuck with was Being Human. That show has gone far afield from the original (actually, they are incorporating 3rd and 4th season elements into their first season.) The other two were seemingly note for note remakes of their predecessors. Shameless seemed good, but I've already watched the UK version once, and I don't have time to watch basically the same thing all over again.

An American Red Dwarf? Really? Why? When? I never knew, but how stupid. Oh, and can you believe that they made a version of Fawlty Towers here? With Bea Arthur? Well, they did.

Man, Teachers. I wish I could have watched more of that...BBCAmerica only showed the first couple series.
Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at May 11 11:09
I have never understood why the Americans have to steal our shows from us and remake them. Why not just air them as they are in America?
Posted: 5 years, 11 months ago at Jul 11 18:04
regarding the office isn't Ricky Gervais the produce for both versions, didn't he actually take it to the US?
Posted: 5 years, 5 months ago at Jan 24 1:50
You forgot to add Whose Line Is It Anyway? That was also a British show that got remade in America. And a damn good remake at that!
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Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at Mar 26 19:09
They are thinking of making a remake of Misfits ;(
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Apr 23 20:06
Hated the UK version of The Office, but Ricky Gervais is just...ugh..I would rather punch him than look at him.

I love the US Being human too.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Sep 25 9:40
You may add:
Queer As Folk (same title both in UK & US)
Bad Education (UK) vs An American Education (US)
Broadchurch (UK) vs Gracepoint (US)
House Of Cards (short mini series, UK) vs House Of Cards (US)
The Inbetweeners (same title)
Life On Mars (dito)
Little Britain (UK) vs Little Britain USA (US)
Wild At Heart (UK) vs Life As Wild (US)
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Nov 11 20:51
Why ? British and USA speak English

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