The Inbetweeners Goes Stateside: But Can It Really Work?
The U.S has a penchant for remaking popular British sitcom, and their most recent endeavour to revamp hit-show, The Inbetweeners for Mtv is the latest to hit American shores.
The original, which features four girl-obsessed, image-conscious, socially awkward lads from suburban London, was so successful that a film adaptation followed its third series. Charged with recreating the mischievous quartet's antics are Bubba Lewis as Simon, Joey Pollari as Will, Zack Pearlman as Jay and Mark L. Young as Neil. "Guys can relate and girls can get to see what's said when they're not around," Lewis told The Hollywood reporter. "It appeals to all sorts of groups." The show apparently can't reach the levels of crass humour that made the British original such a hit, but for people that haven't seen it, "this Inbetweeners certainly could work" explains TV critic Tim Goodman.
In truth, though, the U.S has struggled to replicate British sitcom, and with The Office aside (the show reaching it's 9th season) there are barely any success stories in terms of TV migration. Teenage drama Skins was axed after one season, and The It crowd was halted after the pilot, and even though The Office has proved a commercial success, it has been argued that it fails to replicate the style of it's British predecessor, lovingly created by Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant. The reviews haven't been great for The U.S Inbetweeners; Mark Hughes of The Telegraph gave the show a scathing one-star review, saying, "after watching three episodes of the US version, I'm not sure I can reassure anyone that The Inbetweeners isn't as bad as feared. The early shows barely raised a smile, let alone reached the comedic heights achieved by the Channel 4 version."