The battle of the TV series: UK vs USA

[Laura Noakes | Deputy Editor]

There are plenty of successful shows here in the UK, and over in America. But what happens when we, or the USA, try to remake shows that are already successful?

1) The Office UK vs USA

The Office UK BBC

The Office UK (BBC)


The Office is one of those rare US/UK success stories. The UK original stared Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman and ran for only two series before Gervais ended the show. It was heartwarmingly funny and seemed quintessentially British.

The Office US (NBC)

The Office US (NBC)


However, The Office US had the brilliant Steve Carell, who really made the character of Michael Scott his own as well as a host of other talented comedic actors. The Office US ran for 10 seasons and was a massive hit in both the UK and the US. And you can catch both series on Netflix if you want to see what all the fuss is about.

  1. Gavin and Stacey vs Us & Them

Gavin and Stacey (BBC)

Gavin and Stacey (BBC)


The original, very welsh, Gavin and Stacey was a runaway hit in the UK, spawning three series and a Christmas special. In fact, it was so popular that when the series came to an end, more than 12,000 people liked a Facebook page that demanded it be brought back to our television screens. The series starred Matthew Horne and Joanna Page as the long-distance lovers and how their relationship brought their families together.

Us & Them (FOX)

Us & Them (FOX)


So of course, there had to be a US remake. Re-titled Us & Them, it starred Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel as Gavin and Stacey. It doesn’t appear that much was changed from the UK original show, but we will never really know because Us & Them never got to air on TV – it was cancelled before it was even broadcast.


  1. The Voice US vs The Voice UK

The Voice US (NBC)

The Voice US (NBC)


The Voice US is a singing competition with a difference. Instead of judging competitors on their appearance, the judges can only hear their voice. If they like what they hear, they can turn around their chair. In the US, The Voice has been massive. The judging panel has featured Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams and Usher, and millions regularly tune in to watch.

The Voice UK (BBC)

The Voice UK (BBC)


The Voice UK has not been a tremendous hit like its american counterpart. It’s competing against more established shows like The X Factor, and the judging panel seems to change every season. Yes, it’s still airing on BBC1 but can you name one of the winners of the past three series? I thought not.

  1. Broadchurch vs Gracepoint

Broadchurch (ITV)