From Across the Pond: Shows that You Didn’t Know Came from Britain

Even though Americans threw off the yoke of their British overlords centuries ago, we’ve still remained obsessed with their art and culture. A survey by CNBC suggested that 49 percent of the American population planned on watching the recent royal wedding, and that’s just the beginning. Online streaming services like Netflix have been a boon for people who enjoy British television, and don’t want to wait the six to 12 months for the shows to air on American cable.

However, many people don’t realize that the British have infiltrated more than we know since a ton of our favorite TV shows that are made with American actors are actually remakes of an already-popular British show. Here are a few shows that you may not have realized came from Britain.

The Office

One of the most successful American versions of a British TV show is The Office. The trick was that the American version took what was great about the British version but didn’t try too hard to make it exactly the same. Steve Carrell is an amazingly cringeworthy Michael Scott, but his performance is all his own. The British version of his character was called David Brent, and it was played with dry subtlety by Ricky Gervais. There are versions of Dwight and Jim in the original British version, but the American actors felt free to go in their own direction, which made the show extremely successful.