Discussion in 'Mayberry Lounge' started by squeezewax, Feb 11, 2019.
Why say dumb things like this man?
I have my reasons.
Did they make an American IT Crowd??? I had no idea. I love the UK version but I seriously doubt the American version is good. I hate that Soup guy, what's his name, so unfunny it hurts!!!
I hate Lucy Liu in the show and I hate that they made her a detective also.
Miller is fantastic though. The show really gets into Sherlock's heroin addiction and despite the cornball trailers, it's pretty dark at times.
Excellent supporting cast as well.
One show had 14 episodes, the other had over 200.
I preferred the US version but if they'd both stopped at 14 I don't know.
What I will say is that Judd Hirsch is a legend. I don't think any series he did subsequent lived up to Taxi, but there's an actor who whether in film, in plays, on TV always delivered high quality work.
He's awesome in the movie Ordinary People- along with Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore. Probably some of the best overall acting I've seen in a movie from the lead cast.
Yeah there's so much more content from the American version. I think that's a great show. If I could cite just a few flaws, they'd be the overall unlikable nature of most of the characters and the fact that the show went way downhill once Carrell left.
Carrell and Rainn Wilson delivered a lot of hilarity in the first few seasons though.
Almost all American comedy is friendly, weak, pc, and safe. Lots of Pommie comedy has been shocking, filthy and very funny, there is a huge difference.
America is supposed to be the most religious country in the West, maybe that's the reason?
Geordie Shore is the UK direct equivalent.
LOL, never heard of that one.
The British miniseries The Office is really good from beginning to end. That's the advantage of a miniseries...it can't be drawn out the way so many American shows are. I liked season 1 and 2 of the American version...I especially loved the American version of Dwight Schrute.
But American shows have a common problem of being way too drawn out after 1 or 2 seasons.
Boardwalk Empire, for example, was awesome at first but the later seasons were forgettable.
House of Cards, the Netflix version, started out great and turned to complete shit after season 2. I didn't even watch the final season as I heard it's garbage.
I'm glad Game of Thrones is ending...not because I don't love it...but because I don't want them to milk it. Thrones was in a bad spot after season 5 was by far the worst season. I remember my friends actually said they weren't looking forward to season 6. But then Battle of the Bastards and the finale...those 2 episodes, made the fans excited again. Anecdotally, most of my friends and acquaintances really enjoyed season 7 a lot. It's mainly on internet forums I see people call it trash.
Robert Llewellyn was in that as well? I could only tolerate a few seconds of it...
They have tv in Britain?
My wife is from England so we watched the UK version first...it was OK. I was able to make it through the 2 seasons of the show and they were semi-enjoyable, but the Christmas specials were where I drew the line and couldn't watch it anymore. Personally I'm not a fan of Ricky Gervais (sp?) and he really just killed that show.
The US version of the Office is monumentally better in every conceivable way outside of the 1st episode as it was a direct word for word copy of the British version.
When it comes to British Shows I think there's a TON of "rose tinted glasses." My wife saw "Red Dwarf" in the store and told me how great it was, so we bought the entire series for about $20. Neither of us could get beyond the 2nd episode...it was terrible. We made it to the 3rd episode of Fawlty Towers before it just became way too fucking stupid. There was another show we tried called "The Young Ones" with the actor who played Drop Dead Fred and it was just unwatchable. My wife remembered these shows as being awesome, but even she had to admit they were pure garbage.
Have you guys ever tried Are You Being Served? It's a sitcom entirely set in a department store with some funny employees. Like any show, it has its share of jokes that don't land and mediocre episodes, but I think the actors are all good in their roles.
Sanford and Son may be the GOAT TV comedy.
I youtube'd that show Steptoe and Son and it was brutal. This is the general reaction.
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