GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12968 posts, RR: 79 Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 615 times:
It was that now rare thing, a good sitcom. Ran from 1981 to a couple of years ago.
It works because the characters are not perfect, and are essentially trapped by their circumstances. It's hard to make funny situations out of perfect, contented people.
It's really like all good sitcoms, a polar opposite of 'Friends'.
But that's maybe the British liking for often rather bad-taste, politically incorrect humour, that hasn't got to have a patronising 'moral' written into every storyline.
That's not USA bashing, sadly most British TV sitcoms are more like Friends these days.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12968 posts, RR: 79 Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 595 times:
I doubt if a US version would work. 'Men Behaving Badly' didn't.
Never seen it, but apparently 'All In The Family' was a US version of 'Till Death Us Do Part', that was sucessful, but was made in a different era.
I think the trouble is that the major networks 'standards and practices' people strip out all the things that made the UK version so good. They seem to have an insanely patronising idea of their audience.
Maybe if HBO do it the results will be better, they let the writers of the fantastic 'Sopranos' run with it. IMHO that's got some of the best comedy moments ever!
Delboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 722 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 572 times:
Are you serious?? You liked Are you Being Served!! Then I looked at your profile and I now can see why.
Most pubescent yanks don't have taste, you only have to look at the 'Celebate' topic. Their best friend is their right hand, can't pull a bird/bloke because they must be a complete plug (ugly) geek and always in the 16-20 years of age bracket.
Never mind, please stay at home and don't visit the UK.