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20th November 2006 3:23  #1

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
Brtish vs. American sit coms. ?????
Simple questin..which of the to you like more ?? British comedy series or US ones ????????(and name your 3 fav.)

For me personaly..no contest....British all the way..they are just more fun, and what is most imor. for me is that they base on great text lines rather then US sit coms stupidity humor..which I don't like at all.

Only USA made com. series I like is "FRIENDS"...maybe to add something "Maried with children" is ok.

As for the Brits..there is plenty I love..but to name 3 fav.:
- "'Allo 'Allo"
- "Keeping Up Appereances"
- "Fawlty Towers"

20th November 2006 7:13  #2

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
British
Fawlty Towers
Keeping Up Appearances
Blackadder
Mr. Bean
The Thin Blue Line
My Family
(Not really a sitcom, but it's funny) Captain Star
The Office

American
Arrested Development
The Office
My Name is Earl
Scrubs
Frasier
Cheers
M*A*S*H (A mix but y'know)
SEINFELD (caps intended Wink)
Family Guy
Simpsons

Although I am in N.A. and don't get most British programs. So yeah.

20th November 2006 16:51  #3

Jonathan Bennett Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: United States Posts: 600 Send a message via AIM to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via MSN to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Yahoo to Jonathan Bennett Send a message via Google to Jonathan Bennett
American:
Arrested Development
Scrubs
Mash
Family Guy
South Park
The Simpsons Seasons 1-9
Seinfeld
The Office

British:
Anything Monty Python
The Office
The Thin Blue Line
Mr. Bean

20th November 2006 20:31  #4

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,457 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
British:
Fawlty Towers and Spaced

American: Simpsons, Futurama, and Home Movies.

I don't really like sitcoms.

20th November 2006 21:22  #5

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
They did a programme about British sitcoms a year or so ago, pointing out the history and how they have evolved. These days it's apparently very difficult to make one because commissioning editors are more focused on short term results, rather than long term risks.

American sitcoms have bigger budgets and huge writing teams so it's cheaper in the short term to simply import these successful pre-packaged products than make their own.

I like both sides, British ones tend to more gritty, whilst the American ones are more polished. Personally, on the British side I like: Red Dwarf, Spaced, One Foot in the Grave, Bread, Only Fools and Horses, Porridge, Bottom etc...

The other side of the Atlantic I would say: Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, The Larry Sanders Show, Spin City, Family Guy, Futurama, Seinfeld, The Simpsons (first 7 or 8 seasons) etc...

22nd November 2006 4:30  #6

Ravenwood Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 230
I don't watch very much of either right now but when I do watch them, I watch more American shows than British. I tend to like more classic shows than current, like Andy Griffith and M*A*S*H. However, my three favourite shows are The Simpsons, Futurama and King of the Hill.  All of the British series that I liked came out in the 60's and 70's, like Benny Hill, Dave Allen At Large, On The Buses and Doctor In The House.

22nd November 2006 6:05  #7

Bob "the film man" Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United States Posts: 258
American:
Two and a half men
That '70s Show
Married With Children
King of the Hill
Dharma and Greg
The Simpsons
South Park
Reno 911
Night Court
Cheers
The Odd Couple

British:
Fawlty Towers
Blackadder (spelling?)
Father Ted
Mr. Bean
Absolutely Fabulous
Are you being served?
Benny Hill
Keeping up Appearances
As Time Goes By

There are probably more that I can't think of off the top of my head. I probably watch more American shows, but that doesn't necessarily make them better. Some of those British episodes of Father Ted, Mr. Bean, or Keeping Up Appearances are hard to beat.

22nd November 2006 13:12  #8

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
Canadian sitcoms are the best.  Nothing can beat "Trailer Park Boys"

4th December 2006 12:40  #9

adam roddis Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 100
cartoons are not sitcoms so you can take them off your lists

4th December 2006 14:56  #10

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
adam roddis wrote: cartoons are not sitcoms so you can take them off your lists
Could say that for anything on TV, and only include radio shows since they were the original sitcoms.

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