American adaptations of British Shows

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  1. Gretnablue

    Gretnablue Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only one who feels that there has never been a good American adaptation of a British show? I mean Red Dwarf was a disaster, Doctor Who brings out fan rage, The Office was turned from a clever witty show to nothing but sight gags and toilet humour (seriously what the hell!) and the less we talk about Life on Mars the better (that show is the poison of my soul).

    My question is there ever been a good adaptations of a British show because I know other countries can do it like the Spanish version of Life on Mars.

    Can anyone tell me a good adaptation please?
     
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    Three's Company?
     
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    With the exception of the series finale, I actually liked the American remake of Life on Mars.

    There. I said it.
     
  4. McBradders

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    Thinking about it, Three's Company takes a huge dump over Man About the House.
     
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    I actually think it wasn't as strong as it could have been: America was an incredibly interesting place during the time period in question and I don't think they used that to their advantage enough.


    The Office is probably a good example as well, the basic premise doesn't change: just the sources of the humour due to differing attitudes in large companies in both countries. The same points are being made, just in a different way.
     
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    Whose Line Is It Anyways?

    Was that in the UK first?
     
  7. McBradders

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    Yeah I believe it was.

    Wasn't Wayne Brady on both?
     
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    yup. Wayne Brady was in 3 episodes. Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stile, and Jeff Proops were regulars on both series.
     
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    I'm just happy we were spared that IT Crowd adaptation, even if it was supposed to have Richard Ayoade playing Moss.
     
  10. Wheeljack_Prime

    Wheeljack_Prime Don't eat me

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    What about All in the Family? I liked that one a whole lot more than "Til Death Us Do Part"
     
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    It never got past a pilot, but there's the horrifying Amercan version of Red Dwarf.

    All in the Family is probably one of the best shows ever made. No way in hell could you ever make a show like that, today. lol
     
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    I will respectfully disagree, not sure which episodes of the American office you were watching. Could be just a case of tossing about the old "British original is always > American adaptation" blanket statement
    Despite it's stumbles in the more recent seasons (most of S4 onwards), I would argue the American one is actually wittier, instead merely making things uncomfortable. It also has more depth, better rounded supporting characters, and is smarter (see Jim's clever pranks on Dwight vs. Tim luring Gareth into double ententres oooh!).
    The only real argument would be the UK Office had less to work with: 2 six-episode "seasons/series" + Xmas special, compared to the American's 20+ eps each for S2 & 3. Even so, IMHO the crew at Dunder-Mifflin from S1-3 is superior to the Slough branch's entire run. [not that Brent & Co. aren't excellent in their own right]

    Getting back to actual bad adaptations:
    Men Behaving Badly
    Coupling (one of my all-time favorites, the American version never stood a chance)

    Are we also going to include the "reality/competition" category? If so, I guess you could go either way on many of these:
    Kitchen Nightmares
    Pop Idol/American Idol
    Who Wants to be A Millionaire
    Britain's Got Talent/America's Got Talent
    X-Factor
    The Weakest Link (remember that POS? lol)
    etc.
    And might as well throw in Top Gear for good measure
     
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    The Office.

    To say that no American remakes of British shows have ever been any good is elitist and ridiculous.
     
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    Sanford & Son was a remake of Steptoe & Son. I've never really seen either of them so I can't say if the remake is better or not. I know both are considered classics in their respective countries though.
     
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    I'm not too big on the Office but i watch the American version of Shameless with Willaim H.Macy and Joan Cusack. :lol  Great show IMO.
     
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    I love Shameless. It's like Party of Five on Crack.

    As for the Office, I agree with Janitor, I don't understand how you can say that all they do is sight gags and toilet humor? In fact, when have they ever used toilet humor? The Office is probably one of the wittier shows on American TV. I loved Ricky Gervais in the UK Office, but most of the supporting characters were pretty bland, where as the supporting cast in the American version is what carries the show.
     
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    Sanford & Son (was originally Steptoe & Son.)

    All in the Family.

    I tried watching the US version of Top Gear, but dayum, it fell flat.
    The Brits nailed it with Top Gear. Outside of Absolutely Fabulous, i have rarely laughed so hard in an hour.
     
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    I just now watched a bit of Steptoe & Son, and I'd have to say Sanford & Son is significantly better. Not saying the original is bad, mind you. I love British comedy. It's just damn near impossible to compete with Redd Foxx.
     
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    Cheers
     
  20. Gretnablue

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    I was asking if there was any good onces not that there isn't any good onces because I would like to see them and see what the americans can do.

    What was that a adaptation of?
     

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