Top 10 Awful American Remakes of Great British Shows

  • Published on Jul 23, 2017
  • Top 10 Awful American Remakes of Great British Shows
    When a TV show is popular in the UK it's often remade for a US audience, but sometimes the result is a disaster. For this list we'll be counting down the absolute worst, most embarrassing, most cringey, and downright disappointing American remakes of British television shows. Expect The Young Ones, the TARDIS, time travel, high school humour, computer geeks and hard-hitting dramas, and prepare for frustration as American TV ruins every single one!
    00:56 #10. “Life on Mars” (200809)
    01:57 #9. “Oh, No! Not THEM!” (1990)
    03:00 #8. “Cold Feet” (1999)
    03:48 #7. “Viva Laughlin” (2007)
    04:38 #6. “Payne” (1999)
    05:30 #5. “Doctor Who” (1996)
    06:16 #4. “Coupling” (2003)
    07:10 #3, #2, #1: ???
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  • PJR7
    PJR7 6 hours ago

    How could you ruin the young ones, FT, the IT crowd! I’m sure they tried red dwarf aswel...🤦🏽‍♂️ just glad they didn’t try bottom!! the only successful remake of an English comedy series has to be the office not as good obviously but still very good!

  • Nicky OldfieldDesciple
    Nicky OldfieldDesciple 14 hours ago

    I promise you I am as British as cream teas and rainy bank holidays but there is a huge example of the opposite being true. The British did or at least tried to do a remake of that 70s' Show. It was awful to say the least.

  • Bernard Black
    Bernard Black Day ago

    Oh America. Stick with war, gratuitous sex, & police brutality. It's what you're good at. Leave the real humour to the Brits.

  • James Duffy
    James Duffy Day ago

    There would be no TV or TV shows if not for the US. Let’s not forget. Also British tv shows suck. Except mr bean. Love you mr bean

  • 73XBFalcon
    73XBFalcon Day ago

    Forgot about Both of the Red Dwarf US pilots??

  • Ultima MIc
    Ultima MIc Day ago +1

    One that is missing from here is the American version of Mr Bean..... that was just bad...really bad... put me off American comedy for a long time.

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso Day ago

    The best line was... "The IT Crowd...a bit like big bang theory only funny". gold

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso Day ago

    How to ruin anything.......give it to americans

  • surfinmuso
    surfinmuso Day ago

    Yanks love to make their own shit versions of everything.....ever tried their coffee? hurl

  • Please Use Chip
    Please Use Chip Day ago

    Do the Americans need to spill your tea cause this sounds like threats

  • Scotland By Drone
    Scotland By Drone 2 days ago

    All that and no mention of the Red Dwarf remake?

  • Fellow Citizen
    Fellow Citizen 2 days ago

    The Young Ones . . . ! The thing is there's no reason that these couldn't be brilliant if they were produced by independent studios

  • Fellow Citizen
    Fellow Citizen 2 days ago

    No mention of Red Dwarf which had two attempts at a US version. At least one with the Cat cast as a girl, which fundamentally undermines the premise of the show.

  • Darren Armstrong
    Darren Armstrong 2 days ago

    Red dwarf and men behaving badly (it's a man's world) remakes were both pretty bad

  • vickidee89
    vickidee89 2 days ago +1

    Shameless should’ve been on here.

  • Kennedy Faith
    Kennedy Faith 2 days ago

    What about shameless

  • Sarah Webster
    Sarah Webster 2 days ago

    Yanks have a completely different culture to Brits, adaptations cant work on that basis alone!

  • George Helms
    George Helms 3 days ago +2

    You forgot Being Human and Grace Point. The US version of Being Human was crap. Grace Point was the American version of Broadchurch, and even had David Tennant in it. I didn't see it, but it was canned after 1 season.

  • Kali Hollman
    Kali Hollman 3 days ago

    I did not know was a UK version of this channel
    Me as a British person is happy about this

  • Matthew Hill
    Matthew Hill 4 days ago

    Surprised red dwarf wasn't on this list. That American pilot was trash.

  • pluggedinpete
    pluggedinpete 5 days ago

    Steven Mow Fat? Wtf?

  • year0001
    year0001 5 days ago

    *Ahem,* The Office

  • MH87
    MH87 5 days ago +7

    Why does Jay in the US version of The Inbetweeners look like he has Down syndrome?

  • Francisco Hammersley
    Francisco Hammersley 5 days ago +1

    Imagine an American remake of Peaky Blinders

  • j.kenneth fraac
    j.kenneth fraac 5 days ago

    stephen mo-fat

  • Vaibhav Mishra
    Vaibhav Mishra 6 days ago

    Still, no one can beat BREAKING BAD

  • Becky Finney
    Becky Finney 6 days ago

    What do you mean the big bang theory wasn't funny!?!?

  • David Morrison
    David Morrison 7 days ago +2

    You cant imitate art when you don't live in the real World

  • D L
    D L 8 days ago

    No. 1 - the office

  • zachary
    zachary 8 days ago

    th remake of queer as folk was shit i could barely make it through the first episode

  • Facts not Feelings
    Facts not Feelings 8 days ago +1

    You missed red dwarf.... great in the uk shite in the USA

  • Th0t_Sl4y3r_600
    Th0t_Sl4y3r_600 9 days ago +1

    Joel mchale was great in community tho

    • Th0t_Sl4y3r_600
      Th0t_Sl4y3r_600 4 days ago

      Julian Nailuj I was just pointing it out jeez

    • Julian Nailuj
      Julian Nailuj 4 days ago

      Th0t_Sl4y3r_600 yeah... so? Community wasn’t a British show or a remake.

  • Evy Alley
    Evy Alley 9 days ago +2

    I am so glad The Office is not on here

  • Evy Alley
    Evy Alley 9 days ago


  • Stephanie Broadwater

    Why we not talking about how hot Anna looks at 3:50

  • Paul Murphy
    Paul Murphy 9 days ago

    Canned laughter - what the actual fuck is that about?

  • skald9
    skald9 11 days ago

    The Office.

    REDKNIGHT 11 days ago +3

    Number 1 should've been The Office.

  • Marc Rindermann
    Marc Rindermann 16 days ago

    just to be clear about it .. all American remakes of British shows are awful, just as American remakes of European movies. Having said that, however, I like the American Office better than the British one.

  • Sydney Citizen
    Sydney Citizen 17 days ago

    The Big Bang Theory was funny tho

  • hydrated pelican
    hydrated pelican 20 days ago +1

    Lets be honest all things American are bad shows, laws, schools, humour, a load more

  • wheel chair
    wheel chair 20 days ago

    Primeval was good and then Canada got and then vanished into no one cares about it at all anymore

  • Chris Campling
    Chris Campling 20 days ago

    When it comes to doing a American version of a great uk show just don’t do it ffs

  • All dead, All dead
    All dead, All dead 21 day ago

    how dare they try and re- create the young ones

  • AndyRubio1
    AndyRubio1 21 day ago

    Peep Show for US was worse than any of these.

  • AndyRubio1
    AndyRubio1 21 day ago

    annoying commentary

  • W_jC
    W_jC 22 days ago

    Can we just be thankful theres no American Father Ted or Blackadder

  • Jasmine
    Jasmine 23 days ago

    The only one that worked out and was actually funny was The Office (US version ofc)

  • Adrian Horgan
    Adrian Horgan 23 days ago

    I was going to say at least they didnt try to mangle Peep Show, but apparently they did !

  • Mel B
    Mel B 25 days ago

    I didn’t even know the Americans tried Skins 😳😂😂

  • specialunit 042
    specialunit 042 26 days ago +1

    US Government: *looks at map of British Empire*
    Us Government: "Hey, I can do that!"

    • maximumchron
      maximumchron 25 days ago

      Look ma I said some stupid shit about america on the internet aren't i clever

  • BNL07604
    BNL07604 26 days ago

    They're remaking Miranda now.

    • malarkey 22
      malarkey 22 8 days ago

      That's already pretty shite! 😐

  • Abe Parra
    Abe Parra 27 days ago

    F U MTV

  • Laurence Of brexit
    Laurence Of brexit 27 days ago

    They butcher our language then they butcher our comedy's....Bleddy loud mouth Americans🇬🇧🇬🇧

    • maximumchron
      maximumchron 25 days ago

      A Brit calling Americans loud mouthed that's fuckin rich

  • Medieaval Beabe
    Medieaval Beabe Month ago

    America needs to stop doing this. Accept British humour is not the same as American humour and that your versions will never work for that reason. You don’t catch us stealing your shows. It’s not our faults we get great ideas before you do.

  • Karen knicely
    Karen knicely Month ago

    Yea, that Dr.Who was the worst!!! Actually, America needs to quit trying to redo the BBC shows. It just don't work!

  • Vanima Permai
    Vanima Permai Month ago +2

    you forgot the American version of red dwarf omg that was so bad

  • David D
    David D Month ago

    House of Cards. Spacey is no Sir Ian Richardson.

  • Mishita Nath
    Mishita Nath Month ago

    Do NOT touch Doctor Who !!!

  • Sarah
    Sarah Month ago

    The It crowd sucks to begin with.. why would any sane person try a remake for god’s sake!!!!