The UK remade MARRIED WITH CHILDREN and THIS IS YOYR LIFE.
|Posted: 16 November 2019 at 7:28am | IP Logged | 1
Of course, none of these programs on either side were stolen. The rights were bought and acknowledged .
About the two most often mentioned programs that were adapted from the UK to American television, STEPTOE AND SON and TO DEATH DO IS PART: I have watched both versions in both instances, a d while the basic premise is naturally the same, the shows in question are very different in execution (especially with STEPTOE and SANFORD AND SON).
Besides the premise of a salty old man living with his adult son and running a junk business, there's really a world of difference. STEPTOE is about Harold as much as Albert, where in SANFORD, it's clearly Redd Foxx's show. And all the crazy supporting cast fans of SANFORD know, Bubba, Grady, Julio, Dianne, the cops, and Aunt Ester... NONE of them have a counterpart in the British version. In fact, STEPTOE really didn't have a recurring supporting cast.
ALL IN THE FAMILY had some notable differences, too, and dealt with a number of social issues beyond racism. Archie was more sympathetic, his racism being more due to his environment and ignorance, and Edith was definitely a different character than Else.
In the case of SANFORD vs STEPTOE, having watched the entire run of both series, I like them equally, but differently.