9 Times America Failed To Remake A British TV Show, And 10 Times It Was Almost Better Than The Original
Because life is really about that balance.
We all know that when a TV show is a hit, it's likely to be copied around the world – but when it comes to US versions of UK shows, the phrase "hit and miss" has never been more appropriate.
Here are 10 acclaimed American versions of British shows, and 9 remakes that we'd rather were never attempted in the first place.
I think we can all agree that the US remake of The Office is one of the most adored comedies of the noughties.
But an American version of Gavin & Stacey should never have been attempted – much less three times!
Even fans of the original show love what Showtime did with its adaptation of Shameless.
But the US version of Skins was just too painful to watch.
The American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? definitely captured the humour of the British original.
But while the Absolutely Fabulous US cast was tight, it just didn't sparkle like the UK version.
Queer as Folk translated perfectly to US screens.
But I'll tell you what didn't translate – The Inbetweeners.
It's hard to imagine a world without American Idol.
But I wish I lived in a world where I didn't know there was a US remake of my beloved The IT Crowd.
Some say that Love Island USA is better than the British progenitor.
But why – WHY – did the USA attempt a remake of The Vicar of Dibley???
Steptoe and Son may have birthed the American icon that is Sanford and Son.
But our US friends could never really nail the humour of classic British comedy Fawlty Towers.
Dancing With The Stars is just as much a national favourite as its British inspo, Strictly Come Dancing.
But there's a reason why you've never heard of Beacon Hill, the US adaptation of 1970s British drama, Upstairs, Downstairs.
House of Cards was a runaway hit when it was remade for Netflix with a majority American cast.
But while there were sparks of greatness, Call Me Kat wasn't nearly as clever as 2010s Britcom Miranda.
And finally, who doesn't love a good episode of Veep – the American adaptation of hilarious British series, The Thick of It?
Do you agree with my assessments? Let me know in the comments below!
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