MTV's The Inbetweeners Review: An Americanization We Can Get Behind

The Inbetweeners S01E01: "First Day"

Among the different forms of the remake—reboots, revivals, reimaginings—surely one of the least respectable is the Americanization. It implies (or worse, confirms) some embarrassing notions about Americans, in particular the fact that we have no tolerance for foreign-made entertainment. Which isn't true! Except it kind of is true, isn't it? I mean, you and I enjoy subtitled cinema or the consistently solid offerings of BBC America, but let's be real: We're the exceptions in our population. Seriously, the number of people I know who still haven't seen the original version of The Office is staggering and I know smart people! But as much as we aren't particularly proud of this trend to remake foreign shows in our own image, let's admit something right now: Some Americanizations are terrific. The Office. Shameless. In Treatment. Ugly Betty (arguably). Queer As Folk (maybe). See what I'm saying? They're not ALL disasters like Coupling or Kath & Kim. So, among the different forms of the remake, a new subgenre must be acknowledged: the Surprisingly Good Americanization. MTV's new version of The Inbetweeners is one of them.

For the uninitiated, The Inbetweeners follows four teenage guys—neither popular nor outcasts—who tend to create as much turmoil for themselves as humanly possible. Whether it's buying alcohol, wooing the girl next door, or finally scoring their own set of wheels, these guys manage to take normal teenage rites of passage and turn them into scenarios of nuclear awkwardness. Although this American remake has borrowed many of the original elements—premise, character names, and even some jokes verbatim—it's also been imbued with a dramatically different tone. Where the U.K. version was slightly drab and gritty, MTV's version is clean, attractive, and heightened in the more stylized interpretation of high school as MTV's other surprisingly good teen comedy, Awkward. The Inbetweeners definitely fits right in here.

Much like the U.K. opener, MTV's pilot episode introduces us to Will, a snobby kid forced to transfer from a prep school to a public school after his parents' divorce. After falling in with a group of three misfits almost by default, they quickly form an alliance bound mostly by a shared affinity for bad decision-making. Joined by spacey Neil, neurotic Simon, and loud-mouthed Jay, Will suddenly finds himself playing hooky and scoring booze by Day 2. At this point the American pilot departs from the British original by segueing into a scenario that came later in the original series: Simon drunkenly confronting his crush at her house, only to have one of the most casually alarming projectile vomiting scenes ever broadcast on TV. (For my money this gag is even funnier in the American version.) Although The Inbetweeners traffics in some of the most juvenile basic cable humor since Workaholics, Will's insightful voiceover and the show's surprisingly heartfelt tone bring a decidedly Freaks & Geeks vibe to the proceedings. Basically these kids are eff-ups, but they're nearly impossible not to root for.

Among the more obvious changes between the U.K. series and this one is how much more attractive MTV's locations and characters are. There's no getting around this fact: Most of these kids are lookers. But their appeal extends beyond that; executive producer Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) has reconceived these characters to be much, much more likeable than their original counterparts. The British version of Will was borderline loathsome, but here he's a well-meaning kid just happy to be included. It's actually impressive how little these characters resemble their original inspirations (a major reason why fans of the original may still enjoy this version on its own merits) without changing the fundamental premise. As it turns out, there were plenty of us in high school who weren't necessarily outcasts. Just underconfident, overlooked, and bored.

But as much as The Inbetweeners' premise might seem universal to both British and American audiences, it turns out that coming-of-age stories perhaps DO benefit from localized interpretations. Being a teenager is all about the frustrating minutiae of everyday life, and so the more recognizable and relatable those details are, the more effective a story can be. For example, a major part of the British pilot involved high school students hanging out at a pub and entailed carvery-related drinking loopholes. Funny? Sure. Relatable? No. The replacement scenes in MTV's version—trying to buy booze with a fake ID and then attempting to drink straight vodka in an open field—were sliiiightly closer to things I actually exerienced. And while not all entertainment needs to share the same points of reference with all its viewers, MTV's The Inbetweeners suggests that maybe it's necessary for shows about teenagers. Maybe this particular genre should get a pass when it comes to Americanizations? Whoops, I just remembered MTV's Skins. Okay, I guess that was a disaster. But I will say this: I connected with this interpretation of The Inbetweeners almost instantly, whereas for the original I had more of an academic appreciation.

Most of the credit for this version's likeability goes to the snappy yet somehow laid-back, offbeat absurdism that Copeland brings to the table, but also the subtly stylish direction from Taika Waititi, director of New Zealand indie Eagle vs. Shark and a handful of episodes of Flight of the Conchords. Also, whoever oversaw casting deserves a raise and maybe a nice fruit basket. As Jay, Zack Pearlman is singularly funny and reminded me of a more excitable, less condescending Jonah Hill. And I can't say enough nice things about the improbably named Bubba Lewis, whose Simon walks an impressive balance between flailing neuroses and everyman romantic hero. And in a performance so departed from the original that it may as well sum up the whole remake, hilarious weirdo Brett Gelman (Eagleheart, NBC's brand-new Go On) plays Mr. Gilbert, who was a total dick in the original, but is now a possibly insane yet mellow sweetheart. So, funnier AND more likeable.

The Inbetweeners is not going to change anybody's lives in the same way that Freaks & Geeks or Teen Wolf might have (haha, just wanted to mention Teen Wolf somehow), and so my praise could definitely stand to be taken with a grain of salt. But if you like off-the-wall teen hijinks with a measured dose of heart, maybe give this version a shot? The 2008 U.K. original is a widely liked show that will continue to exist and be liked in the future; this new one will not replace it. But as the number of quality Americanizations increases (and let's be real, this Americanization trend isn't going anywhere), it might be time to accept that these things can work out pretty well. MTV's The Inbetweeners sure has.


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How much money did MTV pay you to write this review! I saw it today and it's a total butchering of a TV classic! I am a hardcore Inbetweeners fan but I have always been open to new stuff, I was one of the people saying, it looks crap but it could be good. The thing is, this just feels like a coming of age comedy (and a minor comedy at that) It lacks all the putrid magic that made the original so special, like the fact that Jay, despite being a lying wanker, was still likeable. Here, I just thought he was a douche. The priceless lines delivered by Simon in the UK version butchered by bad timing and the new american actor. I love America but theres no denying that they should stick to their own programming and make sure abominations like Inbetweeners US never happen again!
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So glad to see a British remake that actually looks like it's going to be good! The success rate of these is pretty bad, especially on MTV - I had high hopes for Skins, but we all know how that turned out. Glad that they don't seem to be tinkering with the overall formula very much either, and the pilot had me hooked from the moment I heard M83's "Midnight City" as Will starts his first day at school

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the thing is it is not that americans steal all british shows it that any show if it is american and is made english or english and is made american is going to be a flop because it is completely different humor and the reason this show is soo bad is because the episodes are exactly the same but the jokes are not funny when americans say it
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ok so I watched the next 2 episodes on hulu and the 2nd ep was a little better because it was a little more original in the beginning but then they copied almost every joke from the original by the end of the episode and it did not work, for me at least. The clubbing episode was absolutely horrible to be honest, it was almost word for word and they changed "bus wankers" to "bus turds". I mean come on. How could they have thought that was going to work? WRITE SOME NEW MATERIAL PLEASE
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I'm English & a huge fan of the UK one. I've just watched the first show & after I got through comparing them with our lot I kinda enjoyed it. What I really want to know is.. Do the Americans like this? I want no comparison to ours I just want an opinion from an American who's never heard of it before, probably aged between 15 & 30 lol, who are just watching this for the first time. I want the review to be about the pilot that stands on it's own ground not a pilot of a British show that everyone loves
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Ok I am writing my comment to tell it like it is, it is not meant to be insulting .



You know every time there is a remake of a British show in America I always read the same comments from SOME NOT ALL people in the UK over and over and on every show. 1. "Why do Americans steal all of our shows? they have no original ideas so all the Americans take our shows. Ok first of all stop with the "You Americans" BS people write this crap as if me and my neighbors and actually every US citizen banded together and had a vote to steal a British show as if we do it hoping you guys wouldn't notice. So Stop blaming America's citizens, Neither i or anyone I know has anything to do with it. It's the networks from BOTH sides, UK creators/producers of the original shows were not forced to do anything, it was THEIR choice to SELL the rights of their shows to the US for MONEY! But noooo nobody blames those people for anything.

2. As far as the remakes go, it's damned if you do, damned if you don't. EX: There is just no pleasing anyone. If the remake is exactly like the original it's a ripoff.

If the remake is completely different well than they butchered the original.

How about picking one you like, that's it!, and don't watch the other! that way there is no reason to have a comparison at all!
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... watch it for 3 mins and deleted from my dvr... like the uk version alot more
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okay i have watched the whole english version and after watching the first episode of this it makes me cringe it is so tragic. the only reason the inbetwweners was funny because it was english humor duhh and the american version is word for word the same which makes it even more pathetic everything is a bit to over played in the american version for me
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Come on, if you can't see the differences besides the "English Humor" then you weren't even paying attention to the New version. I admit English Humor isn't really liked here in America so that is usually what is changed but this show needed a full overhaul to make it on our TV's and yes they used a little of the Bad Humor in the first episode but I think it was needed to introduce the characters, but other then that it is like a completely different show. I am a fan of Foreign TV but I tend to stay away from English comedy because if is just too blaah for me, but then again I don't really watch too many American comedy's either. From what I have heard from people I've talked to they seem to like this, so I think it will be staying around for a while. Now what i'm looking forward to is an Americanized Dr. Who , now that would be something that could be utter disaster or pure Gold, but either way I would like to see someone try!
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I'm generally not a huge fan of Americanized remakes, but after thoroughly enjoying such remakes as Shameless, Wilfred, and even the oft-debated Being Human, I gave this a chance pretty much expecting nothing. Well, I didn't hate it, but I didn't really like it alot either. I found myself laughing several times throughout the premiere, but with little impression left afterwards. I'll at least give it the 3-4 episode test to decide for sure.
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I thought this looked enjoyable. I was going to check it out but then I saw the ratings for the first episode. I'll wait and see how the second performs before checking this one out. I don't want to get into a show if it's cancellation-bound.
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if it makes through a full season, canceled or not, I will watch a show I'm interested in.



So, not a bad policy.



p.s. this show is not going to make it past the first season
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''The British version of Will was borderline loathsome'' well thats wrong and as others have said it doesn't need to be re-made, a part from the fact mtv will bleed it for several seasons. Thank god Simon Pegg held on to spaced and didn't let an american network rape it.
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Good call on Spaced too.
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yeah the british version of Will is fucking hilarious, Simon Bird won a brit comedy award for that character
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I hadn't really planned on watching this, but I had some free time today and decided to check it out online. Also, I haven't seen the original.



Overall, I kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind of liked it. Barely. Like, fractions away from disliking it. It may not be enough for me to keep watching past another episode or two (unless they completely blow me away), but it also wasn't horrible to me. I've seen much worse.



Although it was cheesy, I admit I found myself laughing when Will threw the football and hit a handicapped kid. Sight gags rarely work on me -- which this episode had a lot of -- but this one somehow did.



I guess the rest was okay, although Jay annoyed the shit out of me. In small doses, he could be hilarious, but I thought they overdid it with him.
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Wilfred is a great Americanisation, and I say that as an Australian. I was expecting this to be terrible, but I will check it out, MTV has had some surprisingly good shows recently.
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BTW I think UK Simon is adorable and I have a little crush on him :)
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i have a little crush on UK jay cuz im sick like that yeah what of it
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That's properly wrong!! :D
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hahaha he's quite the charmer i believe all of his stories, especially the caravanning
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I have to agree with hamblemary :) why remake something that good? I moved to the UK from Canada this year and I just love that show. I also noticed that North America hasn't created an original TV content in a while. We're just ripping ours off from UK TV content. I wonder why they're not doing it as well???
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Bus Wankers!



;)
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Have you lost your mind?

Just looking at the cast photo you can see how horrifying the decision to remake this show is.



These are teenage boys, they aren't supposed to be likeable! They are self-obsessed, ruthlessly sarcastic, desperate to be liked, painfully unsure of themselves and yet forever putting on a front.



They arent supposed to be nice!! Teenage boys -even friends- are terrible to each other.



You never laugh again like you did when you were 15 &16 and with your mates. The original show *absolutely* reflected that. Its why its been a universal hit EVERYWHERE.



Remake= bad, bad idea.
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So all teenage boys have to be unlikeable? Why is that? I don't get it. Plenty of successful shows have had likeable teenage male characters.



And yeesh. These characters weren't particularly nice to each other. One guy showing off the other's boner in the school cafeteria? That doesn't particularly scream kind.
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true but that's not what this show is about...



ever heard of differentiation?
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Is it really a surprise that adolescent boys can be merciless with each other? They rip each other and exploit any perceived weakness.



Most of us no longer go through significant tribal rites of passage to prove we have reached adulthood- getting your drivers license is it!



These boys are immature, coursing with hormones, competitively establishing themselves in a high school tribal pecking order, desperate to find a niche... the results arent pretty!



High school means surviving 20 petty humiliations per day- from the girl you like not looking at you, to your sarcastic teacher revealing your dud grade. That's why you have such brutal, near the knuckle humour in school.



The Inbetweeners is far more realistic than the pretty rich people talking drama on Beverly Hills90210, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars.
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I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you (though I would say that our "tribal rites of passage" have changed over time, but kids probably find them equally brutal in different ways), I'm just saying that I don't think they inherently have to be cruel to one another all the time for the show to be of good quality. I was certainly not brutal to my friends in high school every second of every day. I think at least some of the characters in any show have to be likeable in order for the viewer to get invested in what happens to them. That is, of course, just my opinion.
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nor where they in any way cruel. I thnk your thinking of mean girls or some crap
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I don't know if you actually watched the show but they were never brutal. Simon was a good guy and along with will (a nervous geek who when accidently mouths off at disabled guys feels ashamed)and neil (just dumb), those three werent bullies or scam artists. that 3/4. Jay was a prat and other sideplot bullies but far from the core of the show.
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Having seen both pilots, I didn't think the American version was all that bad... just done in the normal, music-heavy MTV fashion. Though I really could have done without the extended puking.
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I thought the puking was one of the things the American version did well.



Very realistic and very funny.
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The original film is premiering in U.S. theaters on Sept. 7th! If you'd like more info, you can follow the original Inbetweeners on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



- http:/www.facebook.com/theinbetweenersusa



- http:/www.twitter.com/theinbetweenersUSA



- http:/www.youtube.com/inbetweenersusa

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I hate the notion that The US Inbetweeners will blossom once it has had the shackles of the original removed, well they free willing put the shackles on by taking scenes and the dialog word for word. Any reboot or remake is always going to be compared to its predecessor. But in say Batman or Spiderman reboots they don't simply take scenes or dialogs word for word from its predecessor. They have their own ideas which make them stand on their own. It would be ok to take some elements like the character traits and I guess like the boner scene at least it was in a different setting. But they could have come up with a new way for Simon to embarrass himself in front of Carly instead of just stealing from the original. It was so cringe worthy watching it when you knew what they were going to say it felt very much like a bad karaoke singer and uninspired in its delivery. Perhaps writers felt that they knew they were going to get compared with the original that they fought fire with fire in order to get this criticism out of the way early. But to me the best thing to do is distance yourself from that at earliest possible stage if only to keep the fans of the original on your side while yes they may still feel it fails in comparison to the original, but at least they would see that it was something new and creative and had refreshing Ideas and would see the potential in it. Then later on could reinvent ideas from original which by that stage the audience would have a better understanding of characters as they developed through the season and see them as separate from their counter parts that if an episode is rehash of the original it would have more credibility and license to do so that they would possibly seem more of a tribute then a rip off . Perhaps if the American pilot for the IT crowd did not have exact same script scene for scene word for word, hell if the same actor, it may have got off the ground.
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im sorry Americans but it was terrible. Anyone who enjoyed this should really watch the UK version as its a lot better. Is it really so essential in the US that the lead be a dashing/good looking actor/actress? Because Will McKenzie is supposed to be the complete opposite. This mistake was made in the attempted US boot of Red Dwarf making Dave Lister the clean cut swarve American hero when Dave Lister is supposed to be an average, lazy, working class slob.
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Its a real life 'Episodes'.



Successful show gets picked up by an American network which then eviscerates everything fun or good about the show during production.
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oh, I bet you guys can get behind it...



nah, it's not bad, but not good...



definitely not a must watch like the Brit version
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The pilot was almost word for word identical to the original. Will watch more but prefer the UK characters except Will's MOM
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saw the original and really liked it. this version im liking so far.
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I liked it but I haven't seen the original. I've always seen a number of episodes of the original office. To be honest I thought it was okay, the comedy was so dry it's skin was cracking. I like dry humor but the original office crossed the line and became bland rather than funny. There were certainly some bright points in each episode but over all I didn't enjoy it all that much.
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Wrong. The UK Office is far superior to the OK remake.
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i think its great tho i did not see the original
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saw the original and saw the new one. Liked both of it. I don't think they picked the right actor to play Jay. He doesn't seem to be as perverted looking as the UK version. But ill keep watching.
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Just watched the entire episode, and I have to say...what were you smoking, Price? That show was atrocious, only inches better than the trailer. The jokes felt like they were aimed at a middle school audience, who think armpit farts are funny, the characters were all painfully irritating, the chemistry was unispired, and the storyline was incredilbly stupid. I'll definetely pass on this incredibly mediocre show.
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Ok so, if I'm right here, it seems the consensus on the US version, based on what I've seen in the comments, on facebook page, youtube, and other places:



Those who absolutely loved the origional: Awful and should never be watched again



Those who liked it ok/Didn't like the origional: Liked it



Those who didn't watch the origional: Loved it

Really interesting to think about. It could be because those who didn't see the UK version never appreciated how good it was. Or, the US one is good and they're able to enjoy it more casue they dont have the British one to compare it to.



For me, having watched the UK show first, I didn't like the remake much. There was just so much of the humor that I liked from the UK version thatwas missing in the AMerican one. They kept most of the same jokes, but it just felt forced and didn't have the same effect. the new jokes were kind of over the top compared to the old ones.

On the characters: I dont like how they're fitting them into American sterotypes. Jay is dumb as a Jonah Hill type and Neil I dont like either. Will was ok and actually kinda liked Simon, cause he was different from the origional version but still seemed like a good version of him, IDK.

I'll stick around for a few more episodes, though, and see if it gets better. It seems like it could be decent without comparing it so much to the UK version. But it will never replace the origional in my mind.
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Tbh the remake is being UNFAIRLY judged a lot people went into the remake hating it putting a single episode up against 3 seasons & a movie.
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I think people, particually those from the UK, are getting fed up with this obsession of remaking everything for US audiences. I can happily enjoy many US shows without them having to be remade with a 'British Spin' so why can't Americans do the same?
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No, it's not unfair, it's a remake, of course it's going to be compared to the original, don't remake it if you can't improve on it
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That maybe true to an extent but its still unfair to compare a whole series and a movie to a single episode.
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i compared it to the pilot of the UK version and that alone. When I first saw the UK version I knew I had hit comedy gold. The US one is utter garbage.
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Fair enough, let's see after the 4-episode test, but after that pilot, not very high expectations
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I haven't seen much of the UK series other than Youtube clips, and I thought it was incredibly mediocre...especially coming from MTV, which usually has very good scripted shows.
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i will be honest though and admit I have not watched too many modern MTV shows, used to like celebrity deathmatch and beavis and butthead when I was younger.
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i must have missed something cos I always thought MTV shows sucked and those that did not were stolen off UKs channel 4/E4 network.
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UK series wasn't on MTV, and you should just watch the entire series, not just clips
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*it=THE NEW SHOW. I thought, from the cliips, the original was pretty decent. Just to clarify.
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I hadn't seen the original, but I don't think that would have affected my evaluation of the series. I (at least I like to think) am willing to judge something on its own and not in comparison to something that came before it, which seems, to me, the way it should be.



I'm not convinced Jay is stupid. He's insecure. He's convinced he has to act like he's had all this experience when it's so transparently clear that he hasn't and is a scared, uncertain kid. The fact that they managed to convey this in the premiere was pretty impressive.



I loved Neil. I thought the actor's timing was fantastic, and I laughed pretty much every time he opened his mouth. I'm usually not a fan for gross-out or over-the-top humor simply for the sake of it, but he was just too great not to laugh at.
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how can you judge it on its on when its completely copied?
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Well, according to what Price says in his review--which I trust, as I trust his tastes and judgments about television--it's not COMPLETELY copied. And that's what others have said. Yes, the pilot's plotting may be the same, and the premise is similar, but from what I gather it is stylistically and tonally very different, and those things make a big difference. In another article here on tv.com, one of the writers (Tim, I think?) says the show diverges considerably from its originator after the pilot.



And let's be honest, there are NO new stories to tell. Every story is a copy/off-shoot/derivative of something else. That's just the way it is. Everything comes from archetypal tropes and trends and such.
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I'm sure that's completely true; in fact, I know it is: I've watched plenty of fantastic shows that have come from BBC (and not Americanized remakes). My point was simply that I don't really care what the source material is for something if the new something can stand on its own. Do I care whether the original Inbetweeners was better than Monday's pilot? Not really, because the quality of one thing really shouldn't have much bearing on evaluating the quality of another. The American version is obviously going to be very different from the UK's (which was Price's point, I think), and will appeal to different tastes.



The bottom line is, I thought, on its own merits, the premiere was solid. I thought the jokes were funny, the characters likeable (again, whether that's what the characters were supposed to be like in the original is irrelevant for this series), and the writing strong. I can tell that these characters are all distinctly different from one another, each with his own hang-ups, problems, and personality. All-in-all, a solid first episode.
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well the UK version was fresh and original when it came out. I agree the trend these days is to rehash old movies (Dredd 3D, Total Recall just to name a few on the way) and comic books and novels etc. But the UK has always been know for original quality programming and film-making (granted there are obviously shit UK tv shows and movies, but most of our good ones are top quality) and long may that continue.
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The above is what I think is the general response people had to the pilot, btw. Not saying that everyone from each group felt the same way.
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i agree, i watched the original first so i cant help but compare it, but i do think this one has potential. If they use their own jokes and stop rehashing old ones from the show i think it could be successful. however i am excited to see if they try to redo the "ohh friennd!" episode, because that would be weird lol
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First of all, no. I'm not one of these people that doesn't like the remake because I'm a purist (the original actors were better though). The original was mediocre, and this is less than mediocre. Also, it made me want to rewatch the TSC pilot, and that's not a wound I'm ready to reopen just yet.
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No...No, no, no, I did not like it, after 10 minutes, I couldn't even keep watching, all the rehashed jokes just felt too forced, and new jokes were too over-the-top. Two of the things I liked about the original was the britishness, which is obviously gone, but that doesn't mean it suddenly has to be so over-the-top, and the casting, and here I hate the casting for Neil and Jay, and btw, Neil, so great in the british version, has been ruined in this remake, just bad acting, high-school-play-type acting. So no, did not like it one bit. Americanizations can work, Shameless is an example of that, prefer it over the original, but british comedies should not me americanized, it doesn't work, and it certainly never improves on the original. (and no, the office did not improve it, it's funny, sure, so it kind of worked, but the british version was better)
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It was weird watching a mashup of 2 or 3 episodes of the originals in one episode. The rehashed jokes and situations felt forced and rushed and let to some continuity issues and logic gaps-Will is invited to bail school the day after he meets the gang.



The first thing I noticed were the brilliant colors and polish of the show visually but I prefer the tones of the original. I did not laugh, I might continue watching it but I'm happy watching the old show. I'm not trying to relive or relate my life experiences to any of the characters so I'm not generally attracted to US remakes. With the exception of Death At A Funeral I have not liked remakes. I wanted to like Being Human but it is just a snarky dramatic mess.



I'll continue to embrace funny original innovative programming and films from this side of the pond, like Black Dynamite and suggest viewers do the same.
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I dunno, I watched it and wasn't that impressed by it.. It just doesn't compare to the original. I know they can't be as vulgar or inappropriate and use the same language on MTV, but it could have been more out there. I know it is only the first episode and they probably want to tone it down a bit so they don't scare off potential viewers, but hopefully later they will take more risks. This version may be a little more relatable for americans and the characters may be more likable but that certainly doesn't make it funnier or more enjoyable to watch. Maybe I'm just more keen on british humor, but the comedic timing and overall joke delivery was lacking in this version. i thought the puking scene was funnier in the original.. I don't know what it was about it, maybe the timing? Or because the original scene was so fresh in my mind I couldn't help but compare it to that. I will have to wait and see how the rest of the season turns out but based on the pilot I without a doubt prefer the original british characters/actors playing them. I actually don't mind the cultural differences and I like the british scenery and grittiness because I think it adds more of a comedic aspect to the show. Anyway that's it for my little rant..
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I like the actors cast as Neil and Will, kind of ambivalent on Simon, but don't much care for the guy playing Jay. The first episode was a pretty 1:1 of the original so it's hard to tell just how good it is or will be. I'll give it a few more episodes to see where it goes.
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Really? You like Neil? Isn't even close to the genius of the original Neil, feel like that's one of the biggest missteps this remake's made
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I haven't watched pilot but haven't ruled it out either, but doesn't this just seem typical of Americanisations where they take interesting characters and then make them more 'likeable'. Isn't it time the audience is given a little more credit?
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That's why I prefer the originals when UK comedies are remade in the US, they always make everything so over-the-top as if the people that are watching it are all idiots
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Part of the charm (?) of the British version was the grittiness and the borderline unlikeability of the characters, watching them in embarrassing situations of their own making. Americanisations tend to want to make characters, as was said, "likeable" and nice and pretty, to make us see their nice side and empathise with them. No. No. That's not what this show was about. It was the same with Kath & Kim, which is a savagely biting show but they had to remake them as somehow 'nice' and attractive, to tone down the snarkiness which was at the heart... Inbetweeners is the same. I'm surprised they've kept Wilfred so nasty - and it's paid off. I don't understand the Americanisation trend anyway - I don't see Australia making Australian versions of popular UK and US shows. We're clever enough to understand humour from other countries (and I'm pretty sure Americans are too, even if producers think they aren't).

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It really wasn't that bad I just saw the UK & US versions for the first time(saw the original first) and honestly I laughed at the remake more, but they were both good although there were alot of lines/jokes repeated in the remake. The mother & son relationship was more organic in the original the mom in the remake just looks like a porn-star reading lines of a teleprompter that cant act. That fat guy that was trying to hard to be cool reminded me of a teenaged Cartman, other than that I liked it.
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Totally agree on the mom part. She looked like some model they hired to play someone's mom who can't actually act.
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No, just no.

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I couldn't watch it, it felt like it would hurt too much for me since i loved the UK version, but they're showing a re-run tomorrow so I might watch it. It will feel awkward at first, but who knows?
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'Queer as folks US ' was amazing, much better than the original !
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rewatch the original
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Done. Still think the US version is way better.
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I felt like the pilot reminded me of a dozen teenager flicks/shows, but hey, it was fun!
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Not bad, feels strange though, like deja vu. It seems toned down for MTV but is still funny. Will probably watch it.
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Price, I think you meant to say, "MTV's other surprisingly FANTASTIC teen comedy, Awkward." But what you said is good too.



PS. I really want you to recap Awkward. whenever Tim doesn't! The show deserves a weekly recap, you know?



That aside, The Inbetweeners was as I expected it to be. It was pretty good! The vomiting scene, and when he did it again on her and her brother, HILARIOUS! I look forward to seeing more. It's sort of like the younger brother show to Awkward.



Oh, and Teen Wolf could definitely change a person's life!
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I loved it. The pilot was hilarious and managed to immediately create characters who already have depth, particularly Jay, who is clearly also desperate to appear cool and experienced while really being horribly inexperienced in life and probably terrified about the idea of growing up. Plus, I watched the "this season on The Inbetweeners" thing that aired afterward and laughed approximately 100 times. I'm definitely checking it out. A worthwhile replacement on my Monday nights, which were recently upset by Teen Wolf's hiatus (I, too, just had to get a mention of it in).
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