questionsdo you enjoy american television or british…


There are quite a few good British shows, but I also enjoy a good amount of American TV. On the whole, I think I watch more American TV though.


I don't have a British option, so I will be forced to choose American on this one.


it really depends on the show, for the most part I watch America TV, but shows like top gear and junkyard wars I like the british version much better.


Sometimes I think to myself "Man, this US TV show is so stupid! How can we like such things as reality tv and poorly written dramas that just keep main characters having sex to keep the show interesting?"

Then I flip to British TV and I think something else.

"Man, this isnt really funny. I wish this humor wasnt so dry. I mean, yeah sure that woman is topless but it just seems kind of pointless. I guess ill just get on Woot."

Basically, its 6 one, half a dozen another. Both have perks and flaws.

IT crowd from British television is absolutely hilarious and sometimes I like to watch my shows without bleeps and blurs every 15 seconds.

On the other hand, America has better comedy because I dont need to be fully attentive and previously knowlidgeable of certain facts for it to be funny all the time.

What it comes down to is personal preference and what you are feeling like that time around.


It definitely depends from show to show. Some British programs only run a few shows per season (Sherlock and Misfits being two that I watch and really like) and so it's kinda disappointing to know that you're only gonna be able to watch 6 or 7 episodes of the show for a whole season. But on the other hand, in America, most shows get 25+ episodes and many of them are nothing but garbage (Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, anything on MTV really). Overall, I'd say British TV is better, just from what I can watch, but if you put the best of American TV up against the best of British TV, I'd say American because there's just more of it to watch in all reality.


Sometimes it seems like British TV is far superior to American TV, especially when you think of all the terrible US shows there are.

Watching BBC America it can be east to assume there are no awful British TV shows, but I don't think that is a fair assumption.

If you think about it, nobody is going to waste the time and money to bring a crappy British show to American television. That means the British shows that make it over to American TV are most likely their "all-stars" We only get the good stuff so it is easy to assume their TV is superior to ours.

All that being said, when I compare British shows to their American remakes, I typically prefer the original. The best example would be Life on Mars. An amazing British show, but I still haven;t been able to complete the American version.


I watch a lot of TV, both American and British and I enjoy both.

In terms of which is better, we need to realize that @rustybender is quite correct when he points out that bad British TV doesn't make it to America. I don't know what it is, but I am quite certain that British TV has its "Jersey Shore" shows just as American TV does.

When comparing remakes, it is generally the case that the original show is better, though one might need to understand American (or British) culture to actually realize it.

I'd say about 1/4 to 1/3 of the TV I watch is British. My gut feeling is that the British shows tend to be better than average (of the stuff I watch) but only slightly and this is easily explained by @rustybender's point.



Sounds like you're claiming that American comedies are written for, ehem... the less edumacated amongst us.

I'm not sure that that is true, though I'll grant that they can be funny without paying much attention to them. I'm not sure that this makes them better though.


@baqui63: Im not trying to say American comedies are written for morons. Im trying to say that British comedies are written so dry that they take a little more intelligence to understand and they still might not be funny.

Almost like Fraiser, but a lot more dry.


Both are full of crap and both have some good shows. I think America has more good shows by volume than the UK, but I'm able to watch all the crap over here (Germany) that never makes it to America because it's crap. If you just judge by the shows that actually make it to America then you'd be under the impression that they've just got great TV and it's superior to American TV. That is soooo not the case. For every Doctor Who or The Office there's ten dank, dirty, skeezy hospital drama shows or lame comedies that nobody in their right mind would find funny.


like most people already said, it depends on the show. For example: American version of The Office > British version of The Office. and opposite for Top Gear. funny thing is, one of my favorite shows ever is Canadian (caught you off guard, eh?). check out "Trailer Park Boys" (set in Nova Scotia), best show ever i promise you!


I do love British television, but since I don't get BBC America on my cable here, I only get to watch it if it's on PBS, or I find it somewhere online. I watch more American TV, but much much less than I ever did, since the PTB at the networks like to cancel the shows I like.


Peep Show, The IT Crowd, both excellent british TV shows.


Does BBC America count as "British" since they play reruns of Battlestar Galactica?


We love Top Gear from the BBC, plus The Grahm Norton Show. I like The Gordon Ramsey shows on BBC much more than on US television. The Sherlock Mini series was maybe some of the best TV we have seen in a while.


I feel that many of the British series I watch are superior to most US shows, because they are less predictable and not aimed at the lowest common denominator. I am sure there are British shows that are, I just don't watch them, while it seems few US shows are willing to risk losing market share by aiming at a smarter viewer. British shows also rarely flog the subject matter, when it has run its creative course it is done. However, I do agree that, being accustomed to the US season of 22-24 episodes, a 6 or even 13 episode British series is just enough to whet my appetite, I always feel they are too short. I do feel that the best US shows are better than the best British shows. But there are only a few US shows I would rank above my favorite British shows, and many US shows below them that I like but don't really consider quality TV"-- which some people consider an oxymoron.


I only watch British TV because of Netflix. If Netflix took away the British shows:

1. Half of their TV inventory would be gone.
2. I probably wouldn't miss it (except for Top Gear UK)

I find it hard to relate to British shows on some levels. Of course, I also find it hard to relate to US shows on many levels. TV has become pretty lousy with a few glimmers of hope from both shores such as The Walking Dead and Top Gear UK.

Personally, I am a big sitcom fan, so I feel that TV (at least in the US) peaked in the '90s with shows like Seinfeld, Cheers, Newsradio, Friends, etc. Even the bad sitcoms then were better than the top rated shows now...


This is a tough question. I love a lot of British TV - The IT Crowd, Doctor Who, Little Britain, Sherlock, and classics like Keeping Up Appearances or Monty Python.

On the other hand, I like the American "The Office" better. I do like getting 20 episodes a season instead of 6, especially on mindless comedies like "2 Broke Girls". But American TV puts all their new shows on at the exact same time of year, making it difficult to keep up. And NBC's Community is hard to find a match for in British television.

Then, there's the American-British shows like "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" with American actors, but set in Britain. That show is incredibly uncomfortable to watch, but very funny. And now Torchwood, even though there's way too much graphic gay sex.


@sailorspoon: Yes, because Britain aired Battlestar Galactica months before we could watch it in the States.


Sometimes on British TV or shows, movies, etc., I really need CC on even using my hearing aid. This is especially true where there are several dialects involved.


American serials, Brit panel shows. (QI <3)