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Title: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: thegeekway on Dec 19, 2010, 01:34 am
Is there?  If so what are they?  We have a fair amount of US shows and just wondered what made it over the pond. :)
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: cmiyc on Dec 19, 2010, 01:49 am
Top Gear and Dr Who are the only two that come to mind.  Are there others I should be watching?  ;)

You might want to watch Mythbusters.  Until I was in the UK, I didn't realize the commentary/announcer was different depending on the region.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: thegeekway on Dec 19, 2010, 01:57 am
I've watched every mythbusters to date ;)  I downloaded alot and have a mixture of both the US and UK commentator.

Try Misfits, its not for everyone but has good writing.  Stay away from all British soaps/reality TV, it'll put you off the British for life.

I've only watched a couple of primeval but it seemed ok as did the sanctuary(both kinda like Dr Who).

Peep show, Ideal, The Office(UK) and Scrfapheap Challenge are the only other british programmes I watch ;)
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: retrolefty on Dec 19, 2010, 02:39 am
I only watch Monty Python reruns on PBS stations when they show. How can you top them, Britains greatest.  8-)

Lefty
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: Coding Badly on Dec 19, 2010, 03:18 am

Our PBS station (KERA) has continuously run various British comedies since we moved here about 20 years ago.

There was an attempt to make a U.S. version of Coupling but, WOW, was it bad.

We're currently watching Hustle via Netflix.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: cmiyc on Dec 19, 2010, 03:36 am
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There was an attempt to make a U.S. version of Coupling but, WOW, was it bad.


Replace "Coupling" with almost any show name and I think the same statement holds true.

(except for "The Office.")
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: westfw on Dec 19, 2010, 06:24 am
Some cable TV services carry "BBC America" or similar, and the PBS ("Educational" TV) stations carry a lot of British programming.  I've seen Couplings (the original), Dr Who, Masterpiece theater, Red Dwarf, Monty Python, HGttG, Benny Hill, Poirot, Black Adder, Faulty Towers, Star Cops, and more (and I don't watch much TV.)  My wife watches a lot more...
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: electrocrook on Dec 19, 2010, 09:30 am
I'd recommend Spaced, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at their best. There's also enough american film references to make it easy to watch I'd imagine. Two series, 14 episodes in total.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: biocow on Dec 19, 2010, 04:53 pm
I grew up in in Califonia the 80's watching Monty Python, Faulty Towers and Are You Being Served.

I remember Coupling. Very bad compared to the couple of orig episodes I've seen.

The Office (remake) is very popular but I just never got into it.

(gonna brag here) I've actually been to 2 tapings of Mythbusters. I was in Hair of the Dog in the huge group scene where the had sniffer dogs try to find a stash in a croud. So many people you can hardly find me. Also taped another about 2 months ago which will air in Jan or Feb.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: thegeekway on Dec 19, 2010, 05:42 pm
I hate Monty Python ;)

I mainly watch Eureka, Warehouse 13 and The Big Bang Theory.  Red Dwarf is always a good choice with its £5 budget ;)

I've always wanted to go back to CA(san fran area) to try and get in on the Mythbuster action.  I stayed downtown LA last time and it was great.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: Coding Badly on Dec 19, 2010, 09:18 pm

Life on Mars made it to the U.S.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: pwillard on Dec 20, 2010, 04:39 pm
Just like "Coupling"... a remake version of Being Human is coming to the USA.... My question is: Why remake it with Canadian actors? This makes no sense to me... it's not like the original was in Italian or something.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: cowjam on Dec 20, 2010, 04:41 pm
Presumably because the British sense of humour is too different to mainstream american humour.

The Day Today and Brass Eye are well worth watching but I think they might be very British.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: pluggy on Dec 20, 2010, 06:50 pm
We do irony.........   ;)
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: Imahilus on Dec 20, 2010, 06:59 pm
The BBC... one of the few TV sources that still has quality stuff...
I wish we had more brittish TV here, its mostly american ####. Which is plenty a reason to just not watch TV anymore, that.. and that a third of all the airtime is ads.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: pluggy on Dec 20, 2010, 07:12 pm
Something to be said for our 88 year old funding system........  
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: Lilirama1 on Dec 20, 2010, 08:13 pm
Your best luck is to get netflix it show tons of british show here in the us we have afew not much on public.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: SteampunkProfessor on Dec 21, 2010, 01:30 pm
The one thing I'm not keen on is when the American versions of British shows are shown over here in the UK, they always seem to lack something, probably the dark humour we seem to like over here.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: cowjam on Dec 21, 2010, 02:42 pm
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The one thing I'm not keen on is when the American versions of British shows are shown over here in the UK


It's to remind us that we're better than our offspring. (I like your avatar pic BTW)
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: SteampunkProfessor on Dec 22, 2010, 11:44 am
I didn't think we needed reminding :)
Thanks, he's been my avatar for a good few years, I have something of a soft spot for Kosh. I must admit that yours looks brilliant.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: Pauly on Dec 22, 2010, 09:22 pm
The new Law & Order UK is a great show if you like police shows.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: cowjam on Dec 23, 2010, 03:23 pm
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Law & Order UK is a great show


I didn't like it.  Firstly, it's got him from Coronation Street in. I can't take anything seriously with him in.

Secondly, I think there's quite a difference between British and American crime programmes and setting an american show in the UK doesn't really work very well. It also feels like it's america saying "your cop shows are crap, try one of ours".

If you want decent British crime telly try Waking the Dead, Silent Witness or Prime Suspect.  
If you're after something more lighthearted there's Midsomes Murders and Jonathan Creek.
Then there's the classic like Poirot or a modern interpretation of a classic like the recent sherlock miniseries.
Title: Re: Is there many British shows on US TV?
Post by: SteampunkProfessor on Dec 23, 2010, 04:22 pm
The new Sherlock series was brilliant. I nice modern variant on the stories, without ruining the stories.