Originally Posted by HDMe2
I can't speak to the UK... but Sanford and Son, All in the Family, and Three's Company all had much longer and seemingly more successful US runs.
Yes - though those are from a different era of TV.
And I'm not sure how close Sanford and Son and All In The Family were to the originals - Steptoe and Son and Till Death Do Us Part. Both of the UK originals were pretty influential comedies that were far more than your traditional sit coms. Steptoe and Son had bathos and pathos in equal measure, and was so tied into the UK class structure, whilst Till Death Us Do Part was incredibly hard-hitting in its portrayal of working class life and bigotry. From what I remember both were massively softened and toned down for the US market - and became more "sit com" like.
We've had remakes the other way as well - The Upper Hand was a remake of Who's the Boss (and probably one of the more successful US sitcoms remade for a British Audience) whilst the least said about Brighton Belles (a UK remake of The Golden Girls) the better.
Those may be exceptions to the rule... though the Office had a much longer run on NBC than did the UK version... although in that case as it is a scenario where I have seen both UK and US versions... where there was overlap in concept, I enjoyed the original UK more... but the US version explored additional areas that the UK show did not due to its shorter run.
I think The Office is one of the few formats that really has worked on both sides of the pond - with the US remake capturing a lot of the original, though again like All In The Family and Sanford and Son, the harsher elements of the originals felt a bit toned down for me. Comedy is pretty different between our two countries. I think, in general, US stuff is little bit softer, and steers away from the more unlikeable characters - some of whom are great pillars of UK productions.
I gather Law & Order UK (which is a reversal of sorts where the UK redoes a US show) has been doing well in the UK.
Yes - I guess that's more a format purchase than a remake though - which may be a better approach in dramatic terms than doing what the US did with The Killing?
Be interesting to see what the UK remake of Bron/Broen (aka The Bridge) will be like - set in the Channel Tunnel that links the UK and France.
All that said... some things are sacred... I wouldn't want a US Doctor Who nor a UK Star Trek. Those stand well on their own and can be enjoyed by all audiences without any need to be redone.
Can you imagine a British version of Frasier? I don't want to even consider it...