US or UK?
The US has remade many UK television shows and movies.
I'm curious to know which ones do you prefer?
As an example, I love both the US and UK versions of The Office!
British comedians are way better than American comedians. Lee Evans is the best!
I prefer the American versions. My favorite cross over was Life on Mars, loved the American version, couldn't even watch 5mins of the UK version..
Brits! I love the aussie version of Kath and Kim
It depends on the context you put it in. There are one or two American stand up comedians that I don't mind, but like Jossie said, Lee Evans is the best, so is Dara O'Brein, Russell Howard and Michael MacIntyre. When it comes to The Office, I couldn't stand the British version anyways so the US version makes no difference to me. The thought of Ricky Gervais becoming scha popular icon in BOTH countries is enough to turn my stomach. To me he is the epitomy of evil - lol (I guess you can say I don't like him).
If I had to choose though, it would probably have to be the UK!!
UK TV is definitely better! The US version of the Office just didn't seem to capture the point of the UK one. Plus Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Blackadder, Spaced, Green Wing, Peep Show - all the best and most original sitcoms - have been British. Having said that, the US does seem to do better slapstick and physical comedy - that wonderful episode of Frasier where Niles is getting ready for his Valentine's date would never have been made in the UK and was genius.
Becstar - I love Dara O'Briain and especially Russell Howard! It's nice to have a British comedian who talks about happy things!
I could just be being patriotic and say UK TV is the best...
Oh wow we have very similar taste in TV, I <3 Monty Python, Blackadder (got the boxset!!), Faulty Towers, Peep Show (I <3 David Mitchell - you should check out his podcast on itunes, its great!!) and yeah you're right about British Comedians talking about nice things. I've got tickets to see Dara O'Brien in September at Hammersmith - I can't wait!!!
However I do like some US programmes like Friends, Fraiser and Scrubs. Oh that episode of Niles getting ready for a date with Maris' plastic surgeon or something? Where he sets his trousers alight and all the other bits that follow!!
I think in most situations the UK versions are much better, and UK comedy hits the spot more for me.. I just dont get some american shows and how some people can think theyre funny.. meh
But I have to say that america kicked our ass with "whose line is it anyway" UK version sucks balls.
For two countries that share a common language I think the styles differ greatly and there is slightly less crossover than there might be. Thank God nobody has tried to adapt Doctor Who to the US audience though, it's quintessentailly English.
I generally prefer UK but we do make a horrendous amount of rubbish too. I think sometimes we fall down in the UK by trying too hard. Does anyone remember when the UK tried to do the Golden Girls - I think it was called Brighton Belles (or something like that) - it was cringe-making! UK/Ireland wise I like Blackadder, Spaced and comedians like Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey. US I like Spin City, Scrubs, Frasier and comedians like Stephen Wright.
Overall I'd say that I prefer UK comedy but that might be because I grew up watching things like Faulty Towers, Allo Allo, Hi de hi etc. My all time favourite is Gavin & Stacey - there is something about that humour that really hits the spot for me. I'm hanging out for the next series (they have only shown 1 & 2 here). I do enjoy some US comedies and have just started watching Modern Family - to be honest there are some US comedies that I just don't get or understand why they are supposed to be funny ... perhaps it's a cultural thing or a "you needed to be there" (lived it) to understand the funny side?? .... or perhaps I just have a twisted sense of humour! LOL
Oh and Bryony I totally agree RE: Doctor Who! The new guy isn't quite like David Tennant, but I'm starting to warm to him and his bow tie.
Ah but what about the fez Crafty Fox, fezs are cool...
The Office: Both
I can't stand American television. Once they find something that works, they make 10 different shows about it and market it like crazy. And, they aren't funny. The Office US isn't funny in the slightest and lacks the certain charm Martin Freeman and Ricky Gervais had on UK. I do like, however, Law and Order UK, which is adapted from America's Law and Order.
I'd love to see a UK version of the Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother. These shows, I admit, are funny, and imagine it done with British humour. That would be just fantastic.
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