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Is USA tv far superior to BRITISH tv?????

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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2011 03:05:57 GMT
AGREE!!! Luther is the best TV I've seen this year.....loved it.....the psycho girl was brilliant and Idris Elba only confirmed what we knew from the Wire that he is one of the best actors around....Don't know The Killing but will order it on Amazon UK for play in my exciting new Region free DVD player...just watched the Widows which is not available in Region One and loved much good TV so little time (I'm 70)...By the way I think one of the greatest TV experiences ever was Glittering Prizes released recently in a sort of truncated version...still holds up and Frederic Raphael and Schlessinger and Tom Conti...made magic with this one....topped only by the work on of my top 10 films of all time

Posted on 24 Mar 2011 09:10:24 GMT
Stu2009 says:
You have to be joking...Right? if you can stand having an advert stuck in everywhere and anywhere! I do not watch up to date US TV as I record everything I want to watch and the watch it on my schedule....less the ads. A 1 hour show (in the USA) has normally 20 minutes of adds inserted (normally every 6 to 8 minutes, we get the break..."loss of continuity")......Even local news here has one news segment(20 seconds or so!) and then an add and then "we will be back after these messages". If you live on the West Coast you are a second class citizen because ALL of the National news distributed by the likes of ABC, NBC etc is tape delayed by 3 hours....That is not NEWS! That also goes for ALL of their programming..Oh well back to bed, my shows are recording.....from sunny Las Vegas.
P.S. Just lately I have been buying old British TV shows and movies (comedy) from the UK on DVD via this website...Now that is real advertisements to skip through

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2011 09:31:02 BDT
A. C. Mason says:
It's all down to money I suppose......... and taste!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2011 09:34:45 BDT
A. C. Mason says:
Your right...... Western Australia. Exactly the same!

Posted on 29 Mar 2011 16:27:17 BDT
I must say that I like British television better than American, I think it depends a bit on which person you ask as to which is better. For me British television is better than American, but I'm not saying that American television is bad. There are both good and bad side of both American and British television.

Posted on 29 Mar 2011 16:32:23 BDT
Being brit i supposed i am a bit biased, but then again if you like action, then nothing tops "without a trace", "criminal minds" and "24". I think only the Americans can keep you on the edge of your seat to last final seconds of 24. On the brit side, spooks comes up tops !

Posted on 29 Mar 2011 22:51:59 BDT
My problem with a lot of American T.V is that they keep the shows going until they're not profitable anymore, and then kill them off. I really loved Firefly and Deadwood, but they were both cancelled before their time. But then there are other shows that have been kept spinning out way beyond when I had got bored of them, like Lost. Compare that to something like Alan Partridge, where they only make episodes when they really want to, and you can see the difference in philosophy behind making shows. No doubt it's the difference between license funded and advert driven T.V. I prefer the former.

Posted on 30 Mar 2011 09:18:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Mar 2011 09:19:22 BDT
man says:
I can only speak from my side of the world which is The UK and from my experience of watching TV since the early 70s onwards,my opinion Is British Television has got progressively I rarely Watch It because There Is Little of what is broadcast from week to week That appeals to me.
advert driven T.V. in my opinion Is The worst.
The constant ad breaks irritate me And I hate Them with a passion.
But I also Hate The BBC because they take so much money from us every year and I can't see much evidence to prove we get value for our money.
I used to subscribe to sky but would rather burn money Than waste it on That ever again.
however in the early 90s sky TV was in my opinion at its peak then as the years rolled on it started going downhill and Is not worth subscribing to anymore.
to be Honest I am sick of Television... period.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 10:36:35 BDT
jaydeedee says:
N0 good comedy?You have obviously never seen Not going out or Mrs browns Boys!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 12:14:02 BDT
turbokev says:
idiot,,,,, have the yanks got match of the day???? i think not.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 13:57:53 BDT
Based on the posts I've read, I'd have to say that day in day out TV on both sides is not all that hot. What makes TV both Brit and American a "Golden Time" is DVDs and streaming and the ability to watch what we want when we want to. I just watched both seasons of Garrow's Law since I now own a Region 2 DVD player and it was great! I just ordered The Killing region 2 and I'll watch it and the new American version that starts Sunday on AMC. I'm about to start watching MI 5 season 8 and then, thanks to my new Brit DVD player I'll watch Spooks season 9...but honestly if I had to watch what is on day in day out I don't think I'd watch TV at all...either British or American.

Posted on 30 Mar 2011 17:45:55 BDT
For the most part yes, there are still some great British offerings such as Sherlock for drama but shows of this calibre are few and far between. I think the main fact is that the American's can afford to throw more money at their shows. This isn't to say smaller indie shows are worse or having a big budget is the be all and end all but having the money to spend on great actors, directors writers etc. really does help

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Mar 2011 18:37:18 BDT
C. R. Harper says:
Im a proud Brit, but I hate to admit it the US produce far better quality TV. They have Sopranoes and The wire....we have Holby city and Merlin. "cries"

Posted on 30 Mar 2011 20:18:04 BDT
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Posted on 10 Jul 2011 01:45:51 BDT
Personally, I very rarely watch UK TV.

My favourite channel is definitely Showtime. With shows like: Californication, Weeds, United States of Tara, The Big C, Shameless (Which is better than the UK one, at least the later seasons), Dexter, The Tudors, The Borgias, The L Word, Nurse Jackie, Episodes. How can anyone here match that output? All but three of those are currently airing in the US.

Then if you add in HBO's current and previous productions: The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, Big Love, Treme, Rome, Entourage, Everybody Loves Raymond, Stand-ups like Chris Rock, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, In Treatment, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Feet Under, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones. Again, even every studio in the UK combined wouldn't be able to match that catalogue?

Now add in the other American shows likes: House, CSI's, Scrubs, Chuck, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Buffy, Firefly, Angel, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Glee, The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Spin City (the Michael J. Fox years), Boston Legal, The Office, M*A*S*H, Ally McBeal, Star Trek: TOS & TNG, South Park, The Simpsons, Men of a Certain Age, SouthLAnd, My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, etc.

Now the UK shows I like: Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Outnumbered, Black Books, Spaced, Little Britain (Series 1-2), Emma, Planet Earth & All Attenborough Doc's, Wonders of the Solar System/Universe, Torchwood, (Certain) Doctor Who's, Green Wing, and I'm finding it hard thinking of more that I really like/love.

These are obviously just shows that I am personally a fan of. I'm not trying to say that these are the only goods shows produced, therefore the UK has only this handful, it is just that I am more of a fan of American TV. So I find that US TV is far superior.

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 07:51:35 BDT
UK: The Office, Extras, Outnumbered, Top Gear, Not Going Out, The IT Crowd, Little Britain, Come Fly With Me, The Inbetweeners, The Royal Family (not the people the show), Spaced, Black Books, Alan Partridge, An Idiot Abroad, Miranda, The Trip, Friday Night Dinner, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI and many, many more all of these are hilarious, much more subtle, much better written and much more origonal than pretty much all us comedies.
Then we have dramas:
Sherlock, Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Luther, Downton Abbey, Jekyl and again many many more
Great thing about the UK is we get all the UK gem TV shows as well as the popular US shows too, best of both worlds, unfortunately I just do not get a lot of american humour, although I do like the simpsons and family guy and the big bang theory

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 08:09:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2011 08:09:40 BDT
Try seinfeld. Never understood why the brits did not take to this show. Just watching kramer had me in stitches!

Posted on 10 Jul 2011 13:56:42 BDT
Stu2009 says:
As a passing last remark to my first post.....Adverts are the main theme for US TV..The shows are just "fillers" between the ads! But does it all really matter? Watch Netflix instead.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2011 18:02:19 BDT
You remind me of how good the American output is at least on the premium channels....throw in Stars and you have Camelot and Spartacus best main stream "porn" everdone at least until HBO's Game of Thrones and Party Down and Gravity and on the Networks....The Good Wife, Body of Proof, Parenthood, House, Grey's while I watch a lot of British TV (I bought two region 2 DVD players to feed my addiction) Garrows Law just great, Luther the Danish The Killing, The Widows (still not available here in region 1) New Tricks, welll I guess I just watch too much TV!! At this point I"d have to say that the score between Brit and American TV is about even...couldn't live without either

Posted on 11 Jul 2011 01:54:56 BDT
American TV tends to have higher production values (by which I mean higher budgets) but British TV tends to be much more cerebral. Compare any British program that has been remade for American TV (Doctor Who, Fawlty Towers, Shameless, The Office) and the American versions just don't work. I think this is because they are all peculiarly British. They all derive their humour or drama from a uniquely British perspective or sense of place. Or maybe we, as a British audience, can relate to that sense of place more than we can relate to a British programme relocated to America. Of course, there are American programmes that buck the trend. The Sopranos springs immediately to mind. Here the writing is so exemplary that the 'human drama' shines through, the progamme contains such basic elements of human experience, so that everyone feels that they can relate (has experienced similar emotions) albiet in a much less 'elevated' sense.

Or was that all bull@$t?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 02:56:42 BDT
I find it quite odd that you stated that UK comedies were more subtle
(as a benefit), yet you said you do like The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory.

Because they are not subtle shows. TBBT was once, but now it is just typical CBS garish crap IMO.

Though I do love The Simpsons, I never took to Family Guy.

Posted on 11 Jul 2011 05:08:22 BDT
Comedy is difficult to evaluate....Benny Hill is incomprehensible to me....Black Adder wore thin after the first year....Fawlty Towers is still one of the few shows on either side of the pond that makes me laugh out loud...and to a lesser extent Ab Fab
On the American side as an actor I was in Seinfeld twice (The Bra guy Sid Farkus) and a regular on Home Improvement (in fact I did over 100 TV shows most of them sit coms...but what gets laughs in the US doesn't fly in England and vice versa...but the dramas match up in comparisons and as I said in the last post...I think it's a even split

Posted on 11 Jul 2011 11:05:03 BDT
A. Sircom says:
Each country gets a myopic view of the output of the other. It's always going to look favourable, because we cherry pick the best of that other country's output. The American's see our best (Downton Abbey, Sherlock, The Inbetweeners, The IT Crowd) and think all British TV is that good. We see their best (The Wire, Arrested Development, BSG) and assume the same.

A device that is hydra-headed, constantly awake and demands a diet of new programming is going to serve up a lot of dross alongside its premier league material, which never ever gets picked up abroad. Which is why we have home-grown dreck like Cash In The Attic and Doctors, while the Americans still have The Price Is Right and All My Children.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2011 11:35:39 BDT
A. Sircom says:
Seinfeld never took off in the UK because it was given an insane slot. It was put back to back with Larry Sanders around midnight on odd weekdays on BBC2. Those who saw it thought it was great, but it didn't get the audience figures because it was on screen so late at night.

Posted on 11 Jul 2011 12:02:20 BDT
Wierd how we all react to different series. Here they loved seinfeld, but on the other hand 50% thought that bean was a joke. Billy connely had me in stictches yet other folks could not stand him. One thing i have found was that spooks was admired by poeple all over the world,and finally we are all getting very tired of these dumb reality shows
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