If you been with Tellyspotting as a P1 since day one or if you have joined the conversation at any point over the course of the last three years you are probably acutely aware of my lack of tolerance for poorly done American television remakes of British television output. This holds true mostly in the comedy and drama genres as one can’t really argue with the American versions of the likes of Antiques Roadshow or any of the unscripted reality re-makes such as Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, etc. They are what they are…
That said, it never dawned on me that when the tables are turned, the track record is not much different when you look at UK attempts to re-make American situation comedies that were considered quite popular from an audience standpoint. Here are a four examples I found to easily illustrate my point….
Days Like These (That 70’s Show in the U.S.)
The Fosters (Good Times in the U.S.) with a young Lenny Henry!
Married for Life (Married with Children) with Downton Abbey‘s Hugh Bonneville!
The Brighton Belles (Golden Girls in the U.S.) with Wendy Craig from Butterflies!
I rest my case. I’m sure there have been exceptions to the rule just as there have been with American re-makes of British television but other than Law and Order UK, I haven’t found any.