British shows are big in the USA, too. I discovered Barbara on our PBS network years ago, and recently found I could order DVD's directly from Amazon.uk. This opened up a whole new world for me, as I love British shows, and only some of them make it to America's television. I have a region-free DVD player (why aren't they all?), so I can play these discs. I love British comedy, drama, and detective shows (I am on a quest to complete my Taggart series, I am only missing the "Classic Taggart 3 & 4", which is out of print.)
The Barbara series is a favorite, just good-natured humor that has me chuckling all through the program. The characters are portrayed well, and the writing keeps it fresh. Too bad there were only three seasons, but we take what we can get. I love Fawlty towers, and there were only about a dozen episodes of that, as I recall. Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, Britain leads the way in broadcast entertainment, but I am also seeing some very good shows emerging from Canada, too.
I recommend Barbara to those who haven't yet seen it, it is genuinely funny and entertaining.