The first trailer for MTV's remake of Channel 4 hit comedy The Inbetweeners has surfaced on the net today, and let's just say that the reaction from fans hasn't exactly been a positive one. At the time of writing the YouTube video has a whopping 37,360 dislikes compared to 732 likes, and while it may be jumping the gun to write it off just yet, the initial signs aren't very good. As has been the case with many US remakes, the subtlety of the UK original has seemingly been replaced with the frat humour of a straight-to-DVD American Pie sequel. They've even turned Jay into Jonah Hill. You can watch the controversial trailer here.
But I digress: here are 5 other US remakes that have struggled to make the transatlantic conversion.
4. The IT Crowd
Although a relatively faithful translation of Graham Linehan's surreal comedy, the US version of The IT Crowd just never felt right. Whether it was the awkward slapstick, Joel McHale's handsome face or the absence of the incomparable Matt Berry as Douglas Reynholm, the whole thing fell flat and the series never went further than its shoddy pilot episode, despite multiple scripts already being written for a series. Still, at least it had Moss in it.
UK teen-drama Skins was originally created as an antithesis to sun-kissed American dramas such as The OC, and was intended to shine a light on the unexplored facets of British youth culture. Although it lost its way during its later seasons due to underdeveloped characters, sub-par acting and a muddled narrative, the first 2 series were praised as brave and inventive television for a new, previously untapped generation. Unfortunately the US Skins was watered down to the point where it was no longer edgy, but instead stale and embarrassingly out of depth when trying to deal with the issues prevelant in the lives of its target demographic. Poor ratings meant that it was cancelled before its second series.
2. The Office
We're not talking Michael Scott-era The Office: An American Workplace here, but rather Andy Bernard-era The Office: When Will It Ever Stop? Although Steve Carell's time as boss saw The Office US defy all expectations by being routinely funny and a worthy follow-up to Ricky Gervais' comedy classic, the series has recently been chugging along at a depressingly humourless pace, just begging to be laid to rest in the wake of Carell's departure. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with many US sitcoms (*cough* Two and a Half Men *cough), there seems to be no chance of it being put out of its misery.
Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright's second pairing with Simon Pegg (the first being on the little-known series Asylum) is beloved by the few whom have watched it, its pop-culture based plotlines and intelligent writing from Pegg, Wright and Jessica Stevenson forming a cult fanbase that unfortunately couldn't prevent the underappreciated show coming to an end after just two seasons. However, after Pegg and Wright "broke" America, it was an inevitability that their back catalogue would be pilfered, and thus Spaced US was born despite Wright & co. protesting that it "wouldn't work". Turns out that they were right, with Spaced US never making it past the first pilot episode.