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Posted by The Excalibur (Member # 34) on :
 
They tried to do "Fawlty Towers". It sucked. If John Clese(sp) were dead he'ds be spinning in his grave. Good thing he's still alive. This thing was a watered down version of a script from the original Fawlty Towers. They will never get it right. The Dr.Who movie was about the only English show that I've seen redone here, that was very good.

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Posted by Montgomery (Member # 23) on :
 
Well, if you overlook the script!

I think it's been proven now that comedies do not translate across the Atlantic. The TV climates are too different in that regard.

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Posted by The Excalibur (Member # 34) on :
 
The sad part is that Fawlty Towers was popular here. We just don't make good comedys.

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Posted by RW (Member # 27) on :
 

You should see Dutch "comedies". AWFUL!! It's either about sex, drugs, or mmoney, which could be fun, don't get me wrong, but it's all so simple and childish.
 
Posted by Xentrick (Member # 64) on :
 
Long ago, US television soccessfuly translated British comedy. The two best examples are "All In The Family" and "Sanford and Son"

More recent attempts have crashed and burned. Anyone else see the truly awful "Fawlty Towers" clone some years ago with Bea Arthur in the Basil role?

I'm curious about the attempted "Red Dwarf" copy a few years ago, but I heard they cleaned up Dave Lister---thereby eliminating much of his original personality.

Jeez, even the American version of Robbie Coltrane's "Cracker" series sucked.


 


Posted by The Excalibur (Member # 34) on :
 
I knew about "All in the Family", which I liked, but I didn't know "Sanford and Son" was a copy.

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Posted by Jeff Raven (Member # 20) on :
 
Don't forget America's sad attempt at cloning Red Dwarf.....

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Posted by PsyLiam (Member # 73) on :
 
ER, Jeff, look 2 message above yours.

Actually, the RD US series might have been okay. It was written by the same guys, had Robert Llew-thingy as Kryten, and abarpently Craig Berko (I think) who played Lister was very keen in the series, and fought the company to make sure it was made the way Grant and Naylor wanted it to be made.

Jane Leeves made a very good Holly. (Not as scatterbrained as Hattie Hayridge, favouring insted Norman Lovett's sarcastic asides)
and apparently Terry Farell was a good cat, who was unafraid of death, as she had 9 lives. 'What's the bid deal? You fall down, are embarrassed for a few minutes, then carry on with what you were doing'

But it looked far better than most UK/US translations.

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Posted by Jeff Raven (Member # 20) on :
 
Ack! Pbbbbbbbbbbt! My bad.

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Posted by The Excalibur (Member # 34) on :
 
Bill the Cat lives

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Posted by DT (Member # 80) on :
 
You've SEEN the US RD? Details, Mr Kav-whatever.

I think the worst US/UK adaption has to be Men Behaving Badly. I've never seen the UK version, but the US one was so bad, there is no way it could not have been botched.

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Posted by PsyLiam (Member # 73) on :
 
One interesting thing is that Lister would have been white, probably cause the 'racially-equal' US networks would have had a bit of trouble with a black liverpudlian slob going out with a white gorgeous bombshell.

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Posted by Cargile (Member # 45) on :
 
Americans don't like slobs dating gorgeous bombshells whatever their color. Such girls don't deserve such punishment, unless they are sluts. And slobs and sluts go hand in hand anyway.

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Posted by Curry Monster (Member # 12) on :
 
Cargile - You mean everything there has to be plastic perfect? Sheesh.

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Posted by RW (Member # 27) on :
 

That's one thing that bothers me, I've yet to see an American series in which a black guy/girl dates a white girl/guy. I even noticed background extras in Frasier are "segregated"

SHEESH!
 


Posted by First of Two (Member # 16) on :
 
Yes. The US has revolting hang-ups on the subjects of race, religion, and sex. I blame the Fundies.

Then again, I blame the Fundies for just about everything that I can't pin on the cats.

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Posted by RW (Member # 27) on :
 

Even Sisko is a victim of this! (Or he just thought Yates was a sassy chick of course :])
 
Posted by PsyLiam (Member # 73) on :
 
He's the only one on the planet who does.

I mean, with Farrel or DeBoer there of course...

Melanie Sykes is nice no?

Friends did attempt racial mixing, with Ross and Julie in season 2, but that's about as ethnic as you are allowed to go apparently.

Of course, there is the logic that, generally, black people do tend to link up with black people, and white with white. Although there are many exceptions, the races do tend to match up to each other. As for the reason for this...I don't want to venture a guess.

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Posted by Diane (Member # 53) on :
 
Er...you remembered not seeing whites and blacks dating; you rememberd Sisko and Yates; but you didn't remember Worf and Dax?

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Posted by RW (Member # 27) on :
 

but he's an alien, and so was Dax, right?
 
Posted by MaGiC (Member # 59) on :
 
Grrrrr I was gonna say that!!

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Posted by The Excalibur (Member # 34) on :
 
I never new Dorn was black till I saw him on a game show, sometime in season two. I was hopeing Geordi and Leah Brahms would get together bbefore it was all over.

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Posted by Warped1701 (Member # 40) on :
 
In "All Good Things...", when Geordi visited Picard at his home in France, Picard asked him how Leah was doing. He also asked about the Daystrom Institue. I've always assumed that he was referring to Leah Brahms.

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