Little Britain USA, an American television series, originated as a spin-off of the British BBC's Little Britain show.
As in the British series, Matt Lucas and David Walliams play the majority of the characters, such as Lou and Andy, Daffyd Thomas, Sebastian Love, Marjorie Dawes and Vicky Pollard, as well as new characters not seen in the British series.
The six-part first season started filming in March 2008 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The first episode of the season was first shown on HBO in the United States, then in Canada on The Movie Network on 28 September 2008 and then on BBC One on 3 October in the UK.
New guest stars include Rachael Harris, Bob Stephenson, Paul Rudd (as the President of France), Hilarie Burton, Vivica A. Fox, and Sting. Michael Patrick Jann served as executive producer of the series and directed the majority of the shows. David Schwimmer directed studio-based segments of the show.Rosie O'Donnell also makes an appearance in a "Fat Fighters" segment.
main charactars * Marjorie Dawes (Works at an American branch of FatFighters) * Bubbles DeVere (Goes on a luxury cruise to Rio) * Vicky Pollard (Goes to an American boot camp after being thrown out of Disney World) * Daffyd Thomas (Goes to university in America) * Sebastian Love (Becomes Prime Minister of the UK) * Carol Beer (Works at an American hospital) * Lou and Andy (Go on holiday) * Harvey Pincher (Visits his American relatives) * Emily Howard (Goes to America) * Linda Flint (Works at an American university, as does Martin)
I love Little Britain USA.I have seen the other show in Ireland which is called "Little Britain" while I was there and I fell in love with the show right off the bat. It was like Monty Python meets South Park and had a baby named "Little Britain". Which went on to have another baby "Little Britain USA". I know what I am saying is weird but thats why I love the show. Its weird and funny and rude all at the same time. Its a show worth watching if you have not seen it before, so get out there and watch "Little Britain USA" on HBO, or on DVD if your like me and don't have HBO.
The show is vulgar, crude and over the top. The jokes are usually cynical and occasionally cruel. That doesn't make them less funny it just means you might feel guilty for laughing. I love Little Britain and found the first ep of LB USA to be hysterical. I like that the familiar characters are there, but also that they have picked up some American stereotypes and done them pretty well. The gym buddies skit had me roaring out of mt chair. I was concerned they were going to tone down their humor for American audiences, and was glad that in general they didn't.
What on earth are the BBC thinking in transmitting this abject rubbish - when these two started they were fresh and very funny if somewhat irreverent but like many shows they just did not know when to stop. Two series of Little Britain UK was fine but it got painfully worse as they made a third and went into more rubber suits and women that appeared naked, vomited over people, peed in supermarkets and tried to be so cleaver that I am sure they felt they were only there to amuse themselves rather than the public.
And now after six episodes of the USA version, I am amazed that HBO allowed it by paying for it and that the BBC allowed themselves to transmit it. The naked men in the shower was not funny from the first episode and frankly their constant appearances belittled the original talent that Lucas and Walliams once had.
I was very hopeful that the BBC would not allow any more to be made or transmitted and I was sure our American cousins did not find this form of British "humour" at all to their taste. HBO must be mad to have given them a second series. Even the laughter track is half hearted and both Lucas and Walliams looked uncomfortable throughout the whole enterprise. Move on – like Catherine Tate who is by far more intelligent, witty and talented.
They used to be good but they have totally lost it with this. it's just lost it's flavour. The Lou & Andy sketches still are funny but the rest of it isn't guys. Little Britain is a great piece of comedy Series 1&2 were fantastic and lol funny but this isn't. Yes I know it's had to be re-geared for the US audience but it just doesn't work. You should of left it on a high after Series 3 guys sorry. It's like the americans weren't going to dins it funny anyway. Too many of our comics try and make it stateside and why? They have sucess and straight away they want to go to hollywood. Ronnie Barker never did and he was our own and that's something modern comics should follow.
I have started to wade through these US episodes of the Little Britain series and sm finding it very hard going. I'm finding the laugh track putting me off the program as I am continually left wondering why there is laughter at certain points in the episode. The homour seems to be the same so at least thats one point in its favour - lets hope the fact it is on HBO means that it wont get watered down too much.
Surely American audiences are not so dim that they need to be told when to laugh? At the least couldn't they have found someone who appreciated the humour to lay down the laugh track. I will persevere with the show because it has potential - but only if the laugh track can be tamed.
Little Britain has always been a series which has taken me a little time to really appreciate new characters. I may come to appreciate the new characters in this series but I am not sure I have the will to do so...
From the beginning the laughter taped over the show felt like a complete intrusion. I find it hard to believe this is what the American audience really want. If they do fine... but do we have to have it? I don't want to be told what is funny and when to laugh. With a series like Little Britain I want to grow into that understanding of the characters. I felt patronised and betrayed by this display of 'Americanisarion'. It also bought home how different the American sense of humor is. The places where the audience laughed were often at points I did not want to laugh at. This spoiled my enjoyment even more.
I enjoyed previous series but feel i have to battle through the laughter to get to this series. I would be interested to hear if others felt the same and if this laughter thing is common on American shows and how Americans feel about it...
The original 3 series of Little Britain, were excellent, innovative and totally new - the humor was not subtle, but it was clever and assumed some intelligence on the part of the watcher.
In this new series, although there are some interesting new characters, the humor here seems to concentrate on slap stick and pure shock value - and worse they try to too funny, rather than letting the humor come out naturally.
The potty mouthed little girl who streams obscenities, in my view was just obnoxious. The scene in with the 2 gym buddies, where one is shaving the bikini line of the other was funny enough, with its homosexual implications. But then the final joke - the push on the back of the head came - just to ram the humor the home.
Honestly, we do understand the humor, you do not need to shove it down our throats.
I first found Little Britain on Netflix and watched it on my Netflix Player. I immediately loved its fast paced over the top humor. I think Lukas and Walliams are brilliant and Tom Bakers narration is hilarious. Therefore I was both excited and concerned to hear that an american version was in the works to appear on HBO. The first episode was a very good start I love the use of the old characters in an american setting and they were as funny as ever. I was less impressed by the new american characters. Whereas the Brit characters seem to be composites of people you will meet in the small towns and side streets of the UK, american characters seem to be based on much broader archetype. (I was expecting a cowboy to show up the entire show.) I do think the show will be a success, I just think the guys need to get a better feel for the strange characters you find in "Little USA" and begin to develop them over the broad brush they seem to have used for this first batch. Meanwhile, they should feel free to give us a big healping of the original gang. I would love to see Daffyd in the French Quarter.
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