The US version is much more lighter than the UK and not as intense. It was the intense storylines/relationships between all of the characters that drew me to the show. The US version is more sad than intense. I do like the storyline development of the US version better. There is enough of the UK version with just enough changes to make it different enough to watch as a new show. It does not seem like a 100% rerun. I like the characters better in the UK version but reaaly hate the amount of profanity in the UK version.