I can only assume that there’s a serious mad-on between MTV and the United Kingdom because they cannot seem to stop ruining edgy/funny British television series. Other networks have adapted British television hits, with varying degrees of success.
For instance, NBC’s 2003 version of “Coupling,” which failed; and 2005’s “The Office,” which is still on the air.
When I heard that MTV had adopted E4’s (a British television network) “Skins,” I wasn’t too optimistic that it would be as engaging as the original series.
It appears that I was right, because it lasted only a single 10-episode season.
Here’s a trailer for MTV’s version…
and the British original.
I was hoping that the cancellation of the “Skins” remake would have dissuaded executives at MTV from venturing across the ocean for inspiration.
I was wrong. MTV soon afterward decided to remake “The Inbetweeners,” a raunchy series about, essentially, a bunch of Secondary School kids on a seemingly perpetual quest to get laid. The series is actually more complex than that, though that’s a thread that runs though a lot that the characters do.
What made the original series work for me was probably the very same reason that it was remade. I am unfamiliar with the British system, and the contrasts between their system, with the one I am familiar with, interested me.
In other words, the differences are what made the show so intriguing. I liked the accents, and that the people are truly ‘foreign,’ in the sense that they are culturally and geographically distant, and different, from what I am familiar with.
An American version of the same show is by default much less interesting because it’s not showing me anything that I haven’t either directly experienced or am very familiar with already.
Here’s the trailer for the MTV version of “The Inbetweeners”…
and the first episode of the British original series.