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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually, some of the best television shows in U.S. history have been modeled after British Sitcoms. "Sanford and Son" was based on the British sitcom "Steptoe and Son." "All in the Family" was based on "Til Death do us Part."

We normally screw it up, but every once in awhile we improve on the original.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

iMike wrote:
Police Squad


Laughing Short lived, but damn funny.

Edit: Looks like You Tube has most of the episodes posted. (In Color!)

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^ I'm also an SF fan. One film I never saw as a kid, but always wanted to, was Forbidden Planet. I did rent a VHS tape of it, but couldn't watch it. I'd seen Police Squad & Airplane first - as soon as I realised Leslie Nielsen was the lead I couldn't stop giggling.

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Edit: Looks like You Tube has most of the episodes posted. (In Color!)


Got 'em on DVD. I was looking for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In too, but I couldn't find a region 2 version Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Occasionally the re-make can see the bigger potential and/or take the show in a new and interesting direction (case in point, not comedy but the US version of Queer as Folk was just as brilliant as the original and took the whole idea far further. Ditto for The Office, or at least so I've heard cos I've not watched the US version.)

But often they just seek to recreate and milk for $$$/£££.

Which is where it all falls over and resembles a steaming pile of shit.

Apparently the original pilot for Life on Mars US was so horrendous that they re-cast most of the leads and moved it across the country! Not sure what the actual broadcast thing is going to be like, but I'm doubt it will achieve the genius that the combination of John Simm/Philip Glenister did in the UK version.

Thats the problem actually, sometimes the brilliance of a show relys so much on the force of persona brought by the actors that even other talented actors can't re-create the magic. Good example - Kath&Kim. The original is so bitingly funny and well observed. The small clip I saw of the copy looked like actresses saying the lines but without the character force to back it up.

The concept works well for Reality TV or Gameshows where people like seeing "locals". Millionaire, Deal or No Deal, Strictly (that's "Dancing with the Stars" mostly to you elsewhere), Pop Idol (that'll be American/Australian/etc Idol to you) all started here and have done brilliantly when remade.

I think I object to it most when it's "art" as opposed to just "tv". "Art" should never be remade. When it's "tv" then I think it's ok.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:20 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I can't imagine "Keeping Up Appearances" or "Are You Being Served?" in American versions. It's just somehow -- wrong.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:50 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^What about British versions of Gilligan's Island or Get Smart?

I do think that Hogan's Heros would translate pretty well, though the roles would have been reversed a lot. Richard Dawson would have been Hogan... Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

"Last of the summer wine" and "are you being served" were shown on PBS here in Indiana and I thought that they were hilarious, of course being a barbarian colonial, what would I know about Brit humor ? Laughing if they were Americanized, they would not be as funny. just my two pence.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:20 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Wright B Hindyou wrote:
Fawlty Towers is pure comic genius.


Hear hear! But remember about 10 years ago when that was remade in an American version called "Payne" (Basil Fawlty was renamed "Royal Payne.") Talk about dreadful abominations... That may have been the worst adaptation ever.

Then again, the show bombed so the viewers caught on quickly.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

As far as cringeworthy farce goes, I'd love to see Basil Fawlty and Larry David in a deathmatch. Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

iMike wrote:
Wonder how the US would remake The League of Gentlemen?


You have no idea how many hours my friends and I have actually thought on this! We made the general guideline that there should be no, or a severe limit, on "superheros". So no Superman.

As I recall we had, for starters:

1) Indiana Jones
2) Dick Tracy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Erm... That's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The League of Gentlemen is something completely different.

Someone mentioned Forbidden Planet. That was great SciFi, but as a remake of a British classic it was pretty mediocre. Likewise West-Side Story.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@Peanut - here you go:

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:45 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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AbFab (in it's original state) is pure comic genius


Let's not go over the top.

Fawlty Towers is pure comic genius. Yes Minister is pretty close. AbFab is formulaic and stereotypical, funny in spots but in no way deserving of the title genius.


-2nd that ! yes minister is great!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What I thought was genius about AbFab was the role reversal, so the teenage daughter was the sensible conservative, worrying about her drugged up drunken mother misbehaving with her hooligan mates... Laughing

I guess that would translate to a US version, but I bet they toned it down a bit.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

@ iMike: Clearly I'm a comic book nerd Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

AbFab's attraction for me has been the unrelenting unrepentant self absorption of the main characters. They simply had no redeeming traits.

For example, at Saffy's wedding her mum had a choir boy sing a lovely aria. What many might not have noticed is that it was the "Pie Jesu" from a Requem Mass. Even when she tries to do the right thing, she does the wrong thing. P and A have to be the sort of people who take a supply of cocaine with them to rehab--and share it with other patients. They need to be the sorts that will consider selling family members into slavery a viable means of funding a holiday.

American produceres are loth to risk offending us poor American TV zombies. I doubt our version of AbFab can make the grade--but with Saunders behind it, who knows? I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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Supremescam wrote:
North America - take the hint, you suck at comedy.


George Carlin, John Belushi, Richard Prior, Lucille Ball, Graucho Marks, Jerry Seinfeld ... yeah, we suck at comedy alright Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:14 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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id like to apologise about ow Australian copy of top gear it was crap they could have done so much better but they tried to copy the skills of mister slow and the long and short other two you cant try and copy a classic show in another country with out losing some thing no mater what show it is.
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