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

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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2012 15:12:07 BDT
The Grainge says:
The 80s bbc comedy wasnt bad either, yes minister (started in 80s), red dwarf, blackadder, only fools and horses, the young ones, mr bean.

Also in your 70s golden age, how about monty pythongs flying circus? also all your list was bbc apart from rising damp i believe, whatever they did back then they should try repeat it, the only brit comedy shows that stand up over time for last 20 years for me are father ted on channel 4 and the office/ royle family on bbc. Thats counting scripted content, still enjoy mock the week and qi is very good. i think the reliance on the panel shows though means less is put into scripted comedy.

A lot of people liked peep show/teachers/green wing but i never caught them, im bit ocd about having to see something from the first episode, i cant join something once its already going but il watch them some day.

The new doctor who is quite good in terms of production values and sherlock is wonderful, so the team that made those 2 may give us some hope in future. Silent witness and waking the dead dont hold up to more jazzy us cop shows but they were more dramatic and character driven, less formulaic than their american remakes (cold case, csi franchise)

theres a lot of crap us tv, but their cable stuff is great (borgias, tudors, game of thrones (our actors and made over in europe, yank funding) walking dead, wire, shield, true blood, breaking bad) Basically i ignore us network tv, 25 episodes of the same script with names changed usually, and their comedy outside the good early seasons of scrubs and my name is earl and animated stuff (futurama, simpsons, family guy, american dad, south park) is pretty samey rubbish formulaic canned laughter only use 2 sets sitcom garbage with no attempt at originality or production values. So yeah they make a ton more shows so they get it right more often, but they also churn out oh so much paint by numbers reprocessed crap. Its just so much bigger industry for them than any other nation, hollywood, music videos and celebrity culture is the their biggest export as well as a cultural obsession bordering on the religious.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 01:27:37 BDT
Chooch says:
Many Americans think that British TV is better. Hollywood steals your ideas and make an inferior American version (The Office, Coupling, Life on Mars, Pop Ido, Prime Suspectl). Lately, our lead actors come from the UK and Australia (Hugh Laurie, Robert Taylor, Alan Cummings) playing Americans with excellent American accents. At least this summer, Americans can look forward to watching the Olympic broadcast from London.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 01:33:32 BDT
A McDermott says:
I agree that the USA has more population, money and resources and so probably weed out the rubbish before it gets sold on to other countries"

Come to Australia and you'll soon see that we're a prime market for poor quality US tv shows. The [too] many digital channels that have been available for the past year or so here have fallen over themselves to fill airtime with ANYthing. Sadly, it's often C grade trash.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 09:06:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jul 2012 10:11:51 BDT
Wrong way round Mr McDermott

Because the USA has so many people it produces much more poor quality stuff. I'ts the British BUYERS that weed out the bad stuff to ensure it's never seen here....given the extremely low quality of US stuff that is shown in the UK , the mind boggles at just how poor the rest is.

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 11:47:20 BDT
Valley Lad says:
Come to Australia and you'll soon see that we're a prime market for poor quality US tv shows. The [too] many digital channels that have been available for the past year or so here have fallen over themselves to fill airtime with ANYthing. Sadly, it's often C grade trash.

Its been a few years since I was last In Australia, 4 Channels in the big City's, and just 2 Channels in most other places, but a hell of a lot of American Rubbish, and even more Adverts, I mostly watched British Re-Runs on the ABC channel, I can only guess what its like now, with a lot more Channels !!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2012 12:17:31 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Glad you're looking forward to the Olympic broadcasts across the pond. Many of us over here are already sick and tired of the whole business, with its massive overkill and crass commercialism - and that's before they've even started. I'll probably switch off live TV completely while the event itself proceeds upon its ridiculously over-hyped course, and sigh a great sigh of relief when its all over, (trying to forget that British taxpayers will still be forking out for all this for the rest of my life).

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 12:50:26 BDT
I too will be switching of this boring lot off pretentious hyperbole off !

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 00:46:06 BDT
E. Kay says:
Is anyone interested in an American's opinion? If you're judging the sheer quantity of good shows, the US has the advantage. However, British actors tend to be more talented, which is why we have so many British actors in our shows. I think both countries have their fair share of good and bad shows. I do enjoy several British shows as well. Misfits and Skins come to mind.

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 19:28:06 BDT
We can still make excellent drama in Britain (Morse, Foyle's War etc) but they are as rare as the proverbial "hen's teeth"!) but have to agree that the disaster happened when we got both 24 hour a day programmes and several hundred channels. There just wasn't enough quality to fill in the time!
And what's with this term "syfy"?? It's just a meaningless collection of letters given that Sci - Fi is a shortening of Science Fiction!

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 19:37:45 BDT
I totally agree! US TV is so much better than British TV!! US TV has style, taste, glamour, better actors and better looking actors (especially the men whoa!!). Plus, there's more diversity of people of all backgrounds based on race, colour and culture. British TV Shows are totally lacking with those issues! Don't get me wrong, I used to love British TV way back in the late eighties through the nineties. But since then it went downhill!!! So US TV Shows always gets my vote now!!!

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 02:18:46 BDT
D. Payne says:
As a Canadian I am supposed to be unbiased. I get lots of US TV and very little UK. Maybe it's just the cream, that's why I prefer the UK stuff. I find the US shows aimed at the 25 year olds and under (and the one who are not very bright). The UK still seems to produce shows for intelligent adults. If your idea of TV is watching three 25 year old girls in bikinis squabble on some "reality" TV show then US TV is tops. But for goodness sakes the UK still adapts the classic stories. The closest US TV gets to the classics is a remake of Sanford and Son.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 06:31:24 BDT
Rsrchr says:
Better actors in US TV than UK? I am really curious, who are a few of the best American actors in tv in your opinion?

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 06:32:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2012 06:35:17 BDT
Rsrchr says:
Re: "Is anyone interested in an American's opinion":

I just want to say, that I have been actively participating in this thread, and I am an American.

I've enjoyed hearing everyone's opinion, even though we all differ;-)

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 12:36:49 BDT
Kevin Pork says:
It wasn't the case in the 70s. But it certainly is now. Apart from the odd costume drama, UK TV is largely a sterile farrago of PC propaganda.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2012 15:53:00 BDT
Del Boy says:
I just can't believe the US TV supporters. Having just returned from USA living with Americans, listening to their verdicts and opinions on TV and their comments on British TV, with very few exceptions, US TV is miles behind the latest offerings from the UK. I was made to watch The Wire and drivel would be the one word to sum it all up.

Posted on 13 Jul 2012 22:26:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2012 22:31:27 BDT
Jack says:
To be honest, USA does seem to have some pretty solid recent comedies (The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl etc.), yet with our UK TV I don't remember a decent comedy that made me laugh since the Inbetweeners, Mrs Brown's Boys and Angry Boys. I think it's disgusting considering we pay TV license and all the BBC can do is repeat old rubbish that is either aimed for the older people or very young children on Cbeebies. There is a massive lack of fresh comedy, and I do find it disappointing that UK series usually consist of around six episodes, yet American seasons consist of around twenty-something episodes. BBC Three is supposed to be our "comedy" channel for young adults, but it starts airing around 7pm and shows such as Family Guy (which of course is USA) doesn't start till around 11 or 12pm. At the moment, I think the USA are being quite impressive, although I'm disappointed that they have ruined "The Office" and their making their own "Inbetweeners". Disappointing...

However, it's obviously not all about comedy and one specific target audience. On the other hand, I think that the UK does produce some decent entertainment shows such as "Top Gear". True British entertainment there. And I do enjoy documentaries like the recent "Frozen Planet" and "Invisible World". To be honest I think both US and British TV have some holes in them when it comes to delivering, as half the shows I watch are British, and the other half are from the US.

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 19:55:47 BDT
M. Knowles says:
In a word, yes, and it has been for a loooong time. Being able to do, and only do OK period drama is nothing to bragg about anymore, nor is gritty realistic northern drama, thats been done to death too.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 11:22:32 BDT
Dalia V. says:
Definitely agree with you on that. In my opinion, British films are much
much better. At least to me they seem to have more psychological analysis and a deeper insight into human behaviour.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 11:43:48 BDT
AB says:
Would you like a German opinon?:-) German television really sucks and the TV shows are terribble. So one has to watch the shows from foreign countries and they are mostly from the US and not all of them are good.
The older I get,I prefer quality over quantity.
And you guys in the UK have a hole lot of shows I really enjoy and I buy them on DVD because they don't run in Germany.
Loved "Life on Mars" "Ashes to Ashes" and just resently bought "Downton Abbey". What a cast... just awesome to watch!

Sherlock was one of the few miniseries that made a great success in Germany and I can't wait for season 3.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2012 21:17:33 BDT
Anita says:
Now, that's funny... Amongst all American drivel The Wire, in my opinion, is a HUGE exception, one of the best shows ever made, and not many Americans are so keen on it, as far as I know. There are some other exceptions, like Twin Peaks, Deadwood, etc. That said, I could mention a lot more British TV shows I liked. (I'm neither btw)

Posted on 17 Jul 2012 13:56:37 BDT
Keasha , taste , glamour and all you listed do not make good shows. Nor do good looking actors!

We are not interested in race , colour or culture when watching a programme ..we want a good story , whoever the actors are!

Good scripts, lack of political correctness and actors who can act without going OTT or portraying perfect bodies make good programmes, not the insignificant issues you listed. Thats why British TV is far , far, superior to US rot.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2012 19:18:17 BDT
Tim Francis says:
In my opinion a few of the best American actors are:

Bryan Cranston
Aaron Paul
Michael C. Hall
John Hamm
Jim Parsons

That is not to say that the UK is devoid of talented actors or actresses, but I consider the above to be some of the best around right now.

Posted on 21 Jul 2012 22:44:43 BDT
Gavin Moore says:
In some cases but the Americans need the likes of Robert Carlyle and Sean Bean to help boost the quality. What people need to remember is that in England we get America's best shows, you seriously don't want to see what else is broadcasted.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 12:47:16 BDT
NomenNescio says:
Both countries produce quality stuff and crap too.
Where the USA is really annoying is in the ratio film/commercials - more time is spent watching those damned commercials then the actual film (or other program).
Specially with high value products in the adverts I can't help thinking "do the advertisers really think that I will now suddenly rush out the door and buy your stupid product ?"
Then, after each commercial, we get a synopsis of what happened before the commercial. Do the program makers really think we are that stupid, and have such a short memory span that we need constantly reminding what it's all about ?
During my stays in the USA I normally tape the things I want to see and during viewing use the most valuable button of any piece of equipment I own : the "skip one minute" button.

Posted on 23 Jul 2012 16:23:58 BDT
John Gammon says:
I used to believe, rightly I think, that British television was generally superior in quality to the US, but that was in the 1960s and 1970s. Now it's not so clear. I see a lot of very good US comedy, but you'd have a hard job to find a better sitcom than, say, Channel Four's Friday Night Dinner or the BBC's Still Game. In drama though I believe the US is clearly the winner; apart from costume dramas, UK drama seems up itself: too influenced by soap opera and too interested in biopics of dead TV stars. These are the only two real bases for comparison. The US and UK are turning out excellent documentaries, news and sport programmes, and very good children's shows. Also, we must bear in mind here in the UK that Britain gets to see the best of the good US stuff, and not the relentless drivel that takes up most of the US schedules.
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