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Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:06 AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-16796364

So the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is going to get a remake in America. It's up there with the finest of British TV, and I know that it's a show that is loved by millions, myself included. The christmas specials in particular were so great, and attracted huge viewing figures. As it says in the article lots of other British shows have been "exported" to the US with mixed success, the most successful probably being The Office. So what's your take on this?

Personally I'm a huge fan of the series, and it's my favourite sitcom. I've watched each episode at least 3 or 4 times. I think it could work, just as long as they tweak it properly to adjust toward the American audience. In a way I kind of hope it fails because it's just such a British type of comedy, and they'll obviously butcher it completely so that it's not recognisable anymore. They're just using the name in essence as well as the general set up. I don't want to get all tribal, but... it's ours so keep your damn hands off!


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:27 AM

I remember watching a scene from the US remake of "Fawlty Towers", it was horrendous. icon13.gif

I can't really see this remake going very far, but I'd love to see what vehicle they use as a different Reliant Robin.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:31 AM

It could work. As great as the UK version was, it's a long time over now. I see no harm in the Americans trying to recapture some of the magic of the UK's greatest sitcom. There will be no harm done to the original whether the remake is successful or not. I'd watch it.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:43 AM

American Del Boy an Rodney? Now you're crossing the line you greedy bastards.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 02:53 AM

I've never heard of this show and I respect its longevity but if its on ABC then I probably won't get to see it. Network television is not something to write home about here in the US. FCC kills any artistic integrity. But that doesn't mean it won't be successful.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 03:05 AM

If you're worried about censorship and stuff, Only Fools and Horses was one of those shows that managed to be successful without swearing and filth, it was a proper family show while also being hilarious. Time to post some random Only Fools clips I think biggrin.gif





Man, John Sullivan was a genius. I can't see those Scrubs writers being able to write not just characters and storylines but about a place and time like he did.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 03:05 AM

QUOTE (Jeeebuuus @ Thursday, Feb 2 2012, 04:53)
I've never heard of this show

It's only the best comedy show ever made. Now go watch it.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:40 AM

One of the funniest shows I've ever seen, and I'm from the US.


Yeah, Hollywood will no doubt bastardize it.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:07 AM


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:13 AM Edited by Robinski, 02 February 2012 - 11:20 AM.

I never got Only Fools and Horses. Just whooshed straight past me. It's simply not funny to me. A lot of it just seems really lowest-common-denominator.

E: F*ck, Stewart Lee's right again.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 03:17 PM

The Del going through the bar thing is overdone. So is the falling chandelier. So many classic moments that go untalked about.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:02 PM


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Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:34 PM

Oh, posting videos from "Only Fools And Horses" I see? Might as well throw some in.


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 03:01 AM

I don't have anything to say except...

...ouch.

Not going to go down well.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:25 PM

QUOTE (GTAvanja @ Thursday, Feb 2 2012, 03:43)
American Del Boy an Rodney? Now you're crossing the line you greedy bastards.

Agreed.

It'll never work, not in a million years.

As much as I love American TV, they have produced some fantastic shows in the past 15-20 years, but this is a terrible idea.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:37 PM

This is one of my favorite scenes

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 08:02 PM

I love US television but this takes the f*cking piss. Originality is dead.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 08:52 PM

I really can't see this working. The original Only Fools was amazing and you can never re create that awesomeness.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 12:12 PM

Wouldn't work at all. Nothing can beat the best british comedy of Only Fools and Horses. An american version won't last more than a year.

The original is all we need in the world, and not an updated version

no offence to any from the U.S




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