It may be a little too early for the death knell yet, but the American pilot was indeed lacking. One of the main problems I had with it was the fact that the cast screamed Friends
stand-ins. The premise is similar enough to Friends
as it is, but the British cast is quirky enough that they seem like different people. Their American counterparts seem like Friends
clones, especially the actor playing Jeff, who looks uncannily like Matthew Perry.
The other big thing is that British comedy thrives on irony, and the American version here is sorely missing that. One of the earlier posts said that the British version works the jokes into the story, while the American version seems to be working the story around the jokes. That's pretty much how I felt after watching the pilot. And due to the time constraints of US TV, the gags and plot seemed off-balance and rushed.
I may watch a couple more episodes, and see if they can pull off "Inferno" and "The Girl With Two Breasts," or maybe even come up with something original.
| I have never seen the British original, but sat down this evening to watch the recording of NBCs "Coupling"... OH MY GOD, what a horrible, horrible "comedy". |
The British version has been running on a lot of PBS stations, and on BBC America. As everyone else has been saying, it's much, much better. I hope you can catch it sometime.