British TV in the New World
Ever since Ricky Gervais brought over his Office schtick to the U.S., American remakes of well-known European and Aussie shows have been popping up left and right. Do they transfer over well, or are some lost in translation?
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From Prime Suspect to Queer as Folk, American television remakes are hit and miss. What are some of your favorites and not so-favorites? Share in the comments below!