Lost in translation: 6 rubbish American remakes of classic British TV shows

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Although American television can be good, sans the 900 adverts per show, there is just something about having a smaller budget when it comes to making TV. Often the writers have to be far smarter with the money spent and produce tightly made shows.

That’s why Americans LOVE British TV for their dose of smart and funny.

But if a TV show becomes successful in the UK, very often the US networks order a pilot version suitable for American audiences. After all, most British shows run only 6-8 episodes per series (season) when the networks want 15 episodes. Plus a replacement of the actors for Americans is often done.

However, the results often don’t work. They get lost in translation. Here are 6 examples of TV train-wrecks with the UK/USA versions of the shows to compare. Blimey!

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Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere. This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British actor and author based in North Carolina. He misses England very much indeed, but also loves America too. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.