Originally Posted by Sharp1080
How about just different in it's own way. If the writers had copied the British version word for word,story for story everyone here that has seen the orginal version would still find something else to whine about! I also would like to request that all of you including my GF who's saw the series when she lived in England stop saying how the actor playing Gene in the British version did a better job. I have only seen one episode of the British series so far. It seems so far both are good shows. IMHO there's a cultural difference that's why some are biased towards the original British series. I have been to England and have friends/family still there, but however I can relate to the American version easier with it's cars and clothes because that's what I grew up with. I'm sure it's the same for the others?
Think you misread the post - we were discussing "Ashes to Ashes" UK vs "Life on Mars" UK I think.
Life on Mars only ran for two series in the UK - with a neat conclusion at the end of series 2. However it was so popular they brought back Gene, Chris and Ray (the three coppers Sam worked with in Life on Mars) - though not Annie - and relocated the show to the 80s. They then wrote in Alex Drake (a 00s female police officer) in a similar - though different - manner to Sam Tyler (with a great twist)
Most people who watched both didn't think Ashes to Ashes was as good as Life on Mars. I've now watched both Life on Mars UK series, and am half-way through Ashes to Ashes. I enjoyed them both in different ways - though tend to agree that Life on Mars was better - but that isn't to say Ashes to Ashes is bad by any stretch - it isn't.
And Phil Glenister is brilliant in both - as are the actors who play Chris and Ray. (However not even Phil Glenister can save the dire "Demons" on ITV1 at the moment - where he plays his character with an american accent...)