Should Being Human fans give the US version a chance?

Feature Caroline Preece 11 Jan 2013 - 07:01

As it heads into its third season, Caroline weighs up what Syfy's Being Human remake has to offer fans of the BBC3 original...

This feature contains Being Human spoilers.

With Being Human making its anticipated return to BBC3 this month, it’s safe to say that absolutely no one knows what to expect from series five. Mitchell, George, Annie and Nina have all departed from Honolulu Heights, leaving new residents Hal, Tom and Alex to forge their own path this year. But, hang on, the original four are still alive, albeit all the way over in the American version of the series, and under the slightly different names of Aidan, Josh, Sally and Nora. Now that we’ve waved goodbye to the original cast, is it time for nostalgic viewers to give Being Human US another chance?

When Syfy announced it would be taking the beloved and refreshingly original show and remaking it for US audiences, people were quite understandably a bit miffed. The news came amidst a flurry of worrying rehash announcements, with Skins, The Inbetweeners etc. all having been and gone at this point, so it’s not surprising that fans of Toby Whithouse’s brilliant dramedy wrote the show off before it had even started filming. Some tuned in for the pilot, however, and were greeted with some of their worst assumptions.

Watching the first instalments of both versions (which this writer did for research purposes) one after another, it’s striking how similar they are. The story beats are all there, with the same ideas and characters introduced for the same purposes, but the Syfy version has one crucial difference – it’s twice as long. Yes, the debate over whether America’s standard practice of creating twenty-two-episode seasons is worse or better than the UK’s streamlined six-eight episode series can be applied here, with Being Human US’ first season extended from six episodes to thirteen. 

The first episode, therefore, had two parts to it, and the story took twice as long to get from start to finish. But here’s my argument: Being Human actually benefits from the extra time. Throwaway lines and potential storylines are given the room to actually happen in the US version, with all four regular characters fleshed out and explained in front of us instead of just in our imaginations. It’s a matter of personal taste whether you prefer things to be spelled out or left for the audience to decide, but Being Human doesn’t do much for the sake of it.

Plot lines created from the UK version’s ideas are used to create new stories for their own show, most of which have been pretty great. The story of Bernie and Mitchell’s tangled friendship was one of the more memorable of the first series, so it was obviously recreated for the remake. But this time the friendship and snuff DVD happened in one episode, the paedophile story and ultimate vampire turn happened in another, and a third episode extended the story for a whole new adventure. In this version, Rebecca is actually the one who turns Bernie, and wants to create a little undead family with Aidan. Obviously things don’t work out that way, and Aidan is forced to stake the child before he hurts anyone

This isn’t necessarily more or less traumatic and character destructive than the first version in which Mitchell turns Bernie and gives him back to his mother, but it takes the final moment of the episode in which the boy ominously states “I’m hungry”, and creates a wonderful ‘what if’ story. We also get to meet Nora’s abusive ex-boyfriend, a strangely undeveloped plot in the UK version, and see how George/Josh might have reacted to the situation. Annie/Sally’s abusive fiancé killed her in both versions, but with thirteen episodes to play with, we see history repeat itself with the new girlfriend and Sally get more and more ruthless in her search for justice. 

It’s very strange, as a die-hard fan of the UK series, to be watching different interpretations of the same characters while the original incarnations are still living, breathing characters developing on another channel. While the first season of Syfy’s show was airing, I was also watching series three on BBC3. It caused a strange mix of nostalgia and curiosity, and audiences could feel like they knew who these people were, but not where they might be going. You could argue that the remake culture we live in right now capitalises on people’s general disposition to things that have one foot in the familiar, and one in the new, and Being Human demonstrates this more than any other show.

At first, everyone assumed Being Human US would be cancelled after its first season, and then maybe those who had enjoyed it would be compelled to check out the original that was showing on BBC America. But that’s not what happened, as the series was a roaring success for a network in need of a hit. It became one of their most-watched scripted shows, and they even managed to court the elusive female audience with fifty-two percent of their viewership during season two. This was previously unheard of for the channel, and should be celebrated. It’s now heading into its third season, and will soon exceed the episode count of the original while holding on to the same characters.

So is it possible for geek audiences interested in the central concept to enjoy both shows simultaneously? Well, you can argue that no-one had to. After Mitchell, George and Nina left between series three and four, was it even the same show? Personally, I missed those characters (having never been too fond of Annie) so much that I sought a weird kind of solace in the new version, back when George and Mitchell were friends, in the original house, and back when the three of them were mainly concerned with cultivating a sense of normality. I enjoyed seeing the guys meet Annie, and watching George and Nina begin their relationship all over again. 

But it soon became clear that executive producers Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke weren’t interested in copying the original, and things started veering off in strange and unfamiliar directions. It’s worth noting that Nina and Nora (her US equivalent) were pregnant with George/Josh’s werewolf spawn at the same time and, while we now know that Nina’s baby was born and formed the catalyst for series four’s story arc, Nora lost her child during a full moon. She had become pregnant before she was a werewolf, and thus the baby essentially transformed inside of a human woman.

Like Nora, Aidan was probably the least similar of the group at first glance. He wasn’t as witty as Mitchell, nor was he as brooding, but there was a bigger sense of imminent danger, making more of the addict analogy. People commented on Witwer’s inability (Aidan is, at times, not dissimilar from his role in Smallville) to portray the same character, so maybe the show’s writers adapted the story to the actor’s strengths, but things soon turned nasty and never went back. A lot was made of the Box Tunnel massacre, which ultimately led to Mitchell’s death, but it’s arguable that Aidan has done a lot worse in his time.

There have been moments when the UK show has made me uncomfortable, sure, but the US version has crossed over my personal line more than once. These moments usually come from Aidan’s story which, as a result of him hanging out with his vampire buddies more than his housemates, often embody the true meaning of ‘morally troubling.’ During the second season, for example, Aidan has descended so far that he’s prepared (without hesitation or remorse) to pick up two innocent women for his recently flayed (as punishment from the old ones) vampire friend to feed on. 

What followed was one of the most visually (and morally) disturbing sequences I’ve seen from a show not airing on a cable network like HBO or Showtime. It felt like something that belonged on True Blood, not this harmless remake of a relatively harmless BBC3 show that I’d been watching largely out of habit. It made me sit up and take notice, at least, and I started to think of how different these two series had ultimately become. As mentioned, things that took fifty-minutes to start, explore and resolve in the UK version were now given two or three weeks to fester, and this just gave the writers more time to get under our skin.

Even Sally has been given her own storyline, with one of the main criticisms of the BBC show centred on Annie’s lack of anything to do for most of her run. Possessing humans against their will, shredding ghosts without her knowledge and turning into a fully-fledged reaper in season two, she’s actually been given storylines that don’t have anything to do with her housemates and has developed into a completely different character as a result. In general the three of them don’t seem to like each other as much as their British counterparts, making it more like a marriage of convenience, and I can’t imagine a heartfelt final scene like that between Mitchell and George in the series three finale.

With the remake having essentially left behind its inspiration and the original sporting brand new characters, all these two shows really share right now is a name. It’s something to celebrate when, in a world where remakes are often commissioned but rarely enjoyed, two equally viable interpretations of the same show co-exist. If the Being Human franchise has taught me anything it’s that, just because you watch one, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the other as well.

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I watch both shows and enjoy them each for their own goods, even more so since the US version started to have its own plots and stories.

Since you have your fingers on the pulse, is there any chance you could tell us it 'Sanford and Son' is worth a watch. Or possibly the US 'Life on Mars'?

Normally when they do the American remake, they always look better looking but actually Lenora Crichlow and Aiden Turner's counterparts aren't nearly as good looking. Russell Tovey's character is better looking but that's missing the point of the character since he's meant to be a bit geeky.

One thing I did like about the US version of Life on Mars was the casting of Michael Imperioli as Ray but Jason O'Mara should have been recast as Sam Tyler as I just found his performance was just weird - It felt like he was constantly trying to figure out how the character should act and there was a lack of consistency in his performance.

I liken it to the US version of The Office, once it stopped trying to remake the original it jumped in quality and strorylines.

Also, remember the BBC3 pilot had a largely different cast in the lead roles.

Am I just being ignorant or has the US version still not made it over to the UK yet?

May as well give the US adapatation a fair go as the last two series of the UK version have been a huge barrel of steaming donkey toss in large for the last two years.

I was worried at the start that it would be yet another bad US ripoff of a great UK show, as it started similarly to BHUK, but it quite quickly started to integrate more unique stories and now it's become a decent show in it's own right.

Wasn't George the only character played by the same actor that made it into the full series from the pilot? The pilot-Annie was just a weird character all around.

The original pilot was a just a BBC competition.
The pilot was reshot & recast for the first season.

Like most US remakes, I just don't see the point. It actually angers me that US/Canada TV execs take a UK show and remake it (the shows are in English and don't need to be remade). The original shows aren't even given a chance in the US, some channels show them but they aren't marketed well or are just shown at odd times. Some shows have a cult following in the States but they need to download them off the internet. I still give them a chance though (like I feel Americans should do with our versions) and they frequently disappoint. What annoys me the most is that sometimes they replace the UK version in pop culture like with The Office. Many Americans don't even know there are original UK version of these shows. It makes a situation were the UK version becomes a foot note in TV history for a show which is known as rubbish or a failure in the States, essentially the excellent UK shows gets replaced with something that is below average and usually gets cancelled. The same thing happens with films - the excellent French film Taxi was remade into an absolute garbage shambles of a film and that is the version that will stick around in history, when you ask an American "do you remember that film Taxi?" this is the version they will assume you mean. This is what angers me the most.

In the case of Being Human I watched the full season 1 and it was a struggle to watch it all, the characters just seemed boring and didn't seem to have any chemistry and I felt the acting was rubbish (especially in the character Aiden). The UK version just works a hell of a lot better. After the end of S1, I made the decision to give up on it. I have been told S2 was better but not much. I can't see myself returning to this show though.

To me it is just another pointless crappy US remake.

No. Being Human US is rubbish. It just feels like any other US supernatural show. The UK version is great!!!

I don't see the point in a remake when the show has a universe that could have had a decent American spin off instead. Would have been interesting to see completely different characters from the start living in the America of the originals world.

I'm Canadian, and I've yet to watch the Can/American version. I'm too attached to the BBC show, I guess. I hate seeing characters that I care about bastardized to appease casual viewers. Not that I have a problem with the new actors, or the shows themselves, I've just had enough trouble trying to watch Elementary (Sherlock) or even the Office that I just stick to the good old beeb now. Hopefully the American shows can generate enough interest in the stories that people check out the originals, and the need for all these remakes will pass. Most people over here don't seem to think UK shows are an option when scrolling through the TV guide.

This is perhaps the only American remake that I have seen that is far superior than the UK version. The characters are more versatile, and the storylines are just more compelling. (oh also the office lol)

Just like to mention something. The whole "Remake" and Copy Catting thing isn't a strictly North American thing. The UK does it as well. The results are often just as bad as the other way around. Didn't the Brits try to Remake the Golden Girls? And Fail miserably... Pretty sure I heard that somewhere. Oh well, could just be imagining things.

It kinda is. At least that's how I've always seen it: Different characters, similar story (initially) and then breaking off into wildly different themes/tones/development/plots/etc.
That's what was intended from the start and, TBH, I think they just used the name and connection to get a following. (In the original teaser announcements for the show they actually used clips from the UK's being Human, and the way they sold it made me think we were actually GETTING the UK's being human. Instead I got two amazing shows. Not unsatisfied, personally)

Yeah, I have to say the UK version started to falter the longer it went on for me personally. Which I think is probably where the strength of the US industry will probably come in to do the North American remake some good.
Us Americans/Canadians no how to keep a show going a milk it for what it's worth. This is the upside to the downside of our industry not being as kind to original/new ideas. The industry prefers to stick to what works, and that has caused the death of some amazing shows that would have made it in the UK because they would have been more of given a chance. But on the flip side, the Industry wants to milk the fan favorites for what they're worth. Ever been upset by the end of a show/game/etc and thought "Man I wish I got just one more season of one of my Fave shows"? That's something we don't have to deal with, so long as we keep tuning in and enjoying ourselves.

That's the way I try to see life. Everything has its merits and its flaws. The US and UK versions of Being Human are no exceptions IMO. :)

I guess it all depends on if you like the American Flavor of Occultism or not.

I know it isn't just the US but my point is they remake just about everything that has great praise or had great ratings from the UK. The UK doesn't feel the need to remake every US show. The difference is we get US shows in prime time slots where they do well.

I am from the UK and sometimes with shows such as Shameless, the office and Red Dwarf the Americans just do not always get it right but I have to say The U.S version of Being Human is far superior to the U.K version. I have always been a fan of the Supernatural since the beginning of Buffy and I think the Americans are the best at this genre.

I love Being Human U.S and I like Elementary but it is not as good as Sherlock.

Coming from an american, I completely agree. The UK version is way better and it should have been aired here. While some Americans have good taste....unfortunately the rest are still watching really crappy reality tv shows that are obviously 100% fake. Half the great shows that the networks air end up getting canceled for the sake of another reality tv show or some series that should have ended 3 seasons ago.

Danielle Coombs · University of Leeds
I love both versions, for different reasons. They're like two entirely different shows, just related. As if the events in the SyFy version were going on at the same time as the events in the original British show. Within a couple of episodes the characters in the SyFy show stopped feeling like different versions of their British counterparts. They're a different, though similar, set of characters and stories.

Glad the remake is coming to Blighty. I watch it through slightly less than legit means, but will also watch it on the TV when it comes around. They've done a bang up job and they deserve the attention and support of the original fanbase.

The biggest difference between the two is that the original Being Human is funny and interesting with imaginative storylines and unique characters; the US version is just an abomination.

I gave it a chance (not expecting it to be EXACTLY the same) but got about six episodes in and couldn't stand anymore than that; just awful. Doesn't have any of the humour or likability that made the original so popular; it's like they just drained all that out of it to make a poor poor imitation.

UK version is the only true version.

Is it a possibility the producers (to make a buck), know that most of the US viewing public are dumb as snail slime and have absolutely no idea what oversea's tv shows have to offer?

Or is it simply the fact that idiot producers know that most of the US public have very closed minds about giving anything from elsewhere a shot, with the pathetic idea that if it doesn't seem american or americanized for them then its bad?

The US public in general need to open their tv viewing eyes to what great shows are being created elsewhere in the world. It doesn't always have actors with US ascents or be associated in anyway with the US.

For example: I live in Australia, I introduced my second cousin for the first time to Doctor Who just a year ago and she hadn't even heard of him, even though the good old Doctor has been around since 1962. She is now hooked and even watched all episodes and knows all Doctors.

It's the television channels and the program producers keeping the US public in the dark.

OMG! imagine a US remake of Doctor Who??? What bloody next!!??

Sorry, this topic of copied or theft of an idea makes me very angry.

To clarify, I said most of US viewers not all. Also my cousin is from the US and I was originally from there.

Thank you Mom and Dad for bringing me over to a culture that is more open to idea's and things everywhere in the world and making me understand that it is not necessarily makes it better if it comes from the US. clarify

hey all. i live in the u.s. and i've seen both versions. (seasons 1-4 u.k. and all u.s episodes so far) and i have to say that both versions are excellent. i like that the u.k version is a little less family friendly ( the u.s. show is on a basic cable network after all) but i really think that those that hate the u.s version should really watch more than a couple of episodes before making such harsh criticisms. it's not really the same show anymore. it's going in some new and interesting directions. both are really well done, i just wonder if all the hate stems from the fact that it is a u.s./canadian remake. oh, and just to be clear, i do love british t.v. especially Dr. Who and Primeival. (sorry if i mispelled). i could go on, but my point is let us have our show. if you don't like it then don't watch. i for one am happy that there's another great scripted show instead of all this reality t.v. garbage that my country is unfortunately so enamored with. i hate it. i hope it's not the same for you.

The US version rocks. I've watched both series and was a bit apprehensive at first but they have developed a way better story line now that its moved beyond the original story line. The fact that all the original actors in the UK version left the show killed it for me. Trying to pick up with some second rate actors destroyed the show for me. Nina didn't even get a write off but we just hear shes dead. I hope the US version keeps going for sometime as I'm really enjoying the new plot lines and new story being written.

I love both versions! Series 1 of the the us series was very much similar to the UK one, but after that it's taken on a whole new life of it's own. Of course there are still a few similarities but it's like a completely different show. Why not love them both! D

I watched all of season one of being human US and I thought it was okay. I watched some of season two and because its not available on the uk or ireland syfy, i have to watch online but i was finding it hard to find a good torrent so i gave up. I came back to season three, and realised how much the show had improved. So far this season, I am OBSESSED. Their has been a huge jump in the show this season. MY GOD IT'S JUST AWESOME NOW! :D

I gotta admit, I do like some UK shows, but there are times I really just cant stand them. The thing is I get what you guys are saying, why make the same story twice... but I have to be honest, the biggest difference there is, is the accent (no offence). (Coming from a typical american) Americans cant really understand that British or Scottish accent very well, not to mention its hard to take anything seriously with it. I mean it works wonders with Doctor Who or the IT Crowd simply because they are funny, but on other things (like the Catherine Tate show) it is just too hard for us to understand the jokes or understand much of what is said. I don't know... and I really don't mean to be hurting anyone's feelings by this, I'm just saying the truth in a typical Americans perspective....

I get that some sketch shows are hard to understand with the regional accents, language and sense of humour (eg Little Britain, The Fast Show, Chewin the Fat etc) but these are supposed to be like that - they are supposed to be lower class British commoners and that is the target audience - even different parts of Britain find some of these shows hard to follow/understand. But this same argument doesn't really hold true for all British TV.

There are many many British actors that are hugely successful in Hollywood films, surely if no one could understand their accents then they wouldn't be as successful. Shows like Game of Thrones have regional British accents and that does well in the States.

You know what? Who cares. The third season in and it is still going
strong - despite the UK version going out with a whimper and not a bang. Talk about a letdown. That being said, despite the piss poor ending of the UK version, at least they had the courtesy to actually end it and not snuff it out mid-season without an explanation.

I am from the U.S . I admit, I love alot of U.K television. Doctor Who, AbFab, Being Human, Black Books, Father Ted (and the list goes on). You won't see me bashing the shows that I don't like just because they are from the U.K .

In the end, I will find a way to watch what I like and ignore post discussions like this in the future that bash a show just because it is remade in the United States. Today I am well ...just being human.

American version is way better then the Uk version because its different citizens and race
, as Uk you only see white or black or Indian no Latinos or Asian actors playing small parts on television...

being human is cancel the uk version guess American wins again...

i think you should give it a try, it really is good. As they say old is gold the original version will always remain it's position but the US version is good too 2nd season &3rd season is way better than the 1st season & as you may know they improved to keep up with you guys ;) so keep it try

i think you should give it a try, it really is good. As they say old is gold the original version will always remain it's position but the US version is good too 2nd season &3rd season is way better than the 1st season & as you may know they improved to keep up with you guys ;) so give it a try

I just wanted to point out that many of us Danes find Little Britain to be an amazing show, however, sense of humour, in general, really differ from region to region, plus it might be humour only targeted at a specific region that a lot of people outside that region may have a hard time understanding.

Seth was the same, but he was only a minor character.

Sorry, but it sound like you are the one being close minded and rude. Calling most of US viewers dumb and pathetic and assume that one is better than another in your opinion really doesn't said open minded. You sound more like stuck up.
Shows and movies being made or remake is for the liking of the majority of viewers in that country. Also how can it be theft when they have to ask to remake. Not everything would be made to be prefect or the way everyone want. Usually shows and movie base on another version would be place in the credits, anyone that didn't see or notice that is slow or don't care but still that's not anyone fault.
Every version of the show or movie, but in this case Being Human US and UK, have their our good and personality so why hate. It's good to see things in different views.

Will it's because you're not american, I'm guessing. It's sometime hard to understand things that's not a part of you or very different to you. Humour and likability are different in every countries. The US version make the humour and likability towards what Americans like. The UK version have to have done that to their shows also. It seem more like a culture difference and opinion than what is right and what is wrong. There will never be a right answer to a culture difference between what's better.

Shows and movies being made or remake is for the liking of the majority of viewers in that country. Remakes can be annoying but it can be good also. Not everything would be made to be prefect or the way everyone want. It's sharing in somewhere, everyone need to be a better person and learn how to share. It's a good thing that something is so great that people what to share it to others. Also usually shows and movie base on another version would be place in the credits.

Every version of the show or movie, but in this case Being Human US and UK, have their our good and personality so why hate. It's good to see things in different views.

It's sometime hard to understand things that's not a part of you or very different to you. Humour and likability are different in every countries. The US version make the humour and likability towards what Americans like. The UK version have to have done that to their shows also. It seem more like a culture difference and opinion than what is better. There will never be a right answer to a culture difference between what's better.

Why should it? UK have the UK version and US have the US version.

Because there are a number of smaller TV channels in the UK that always pick up cult US shows, whether they are remakes or not. Happily the US version has just started in the last few weeks on Watch so I can judge for myself how good the remake is now! :)

Watching the new season premier on Syfy now. I think I finally realized why I much prefer the BBC original. The first season isn't a fair comparison, since the Syfy version basically copied the original, just extended and small details changed just for the sake of there being a difference. As the American version went on though, it lost sight of what makes the original good, the struggle of the three friends to try to have normal lives while living with their unique situations. Mitchel tried to lead a rag-tag band of local vampires in peaceful coexistence with the humans, Aidan had an entire season doing nothing but be neck-deep in vampire royalty BS, he may as well have been on a different show. Everything else has been about screwing with the supernatural formula rather than just dealing with it. Sally went through that whole ripper thing, then got lost in limbo, then brought back to life as a living zombie whatever, and now all this whatever it is with the witch woman. Annie got stuck on the other side of her door, but came right back with no major issues. Aidan's next big arc was the hugely contrived vampire-killing flu, Mitchel's was dealing with the aftermath of his subway massacre. The later deals with the natural consequences of being a vampire and one's actions, the former milked a cheap plot device for fake drama. George panicked and tried to make it with a human family and failed, Josh finds a cure for his curse but then has it return worse then before. The American show depends on changing the supernatural circumstances but then undoes the change because Status Quo is God. The British version actually let its characters deal with the status quo and actually derived its drama from what that really means.

You can't really make that assumption either. I'm from the US, born and raised, and absolutely prefer the UK version to the US version.

As an American, I found both of these shows on Netflix and decided to watch the UK version because there were more seasons and I thought it'd be best to try the original first. I developed a strange addiction to the show. I loved it, but sometimes I had to take breaks from it. Some parts were really disturbing to me (violence and sex alike) probably just because I hadn't seen so much of that on US television, but I kept coming back. The problem is that when I watch shows like this, I fall in love with the characters, and I couldn't bring myself to care enough to watch the last season when all the original characters were gone. That's the dilemma I'm having with bringing myself to watch the US version now. I believe it might be good and I'd like to give it a try, but I know the characters would just feel like people trying to take the place of Mitchell, George, and Annie to me. And I know they wouldn't succeed. :(

You have a point to a certain extent. For example the The BBC-Shine series Merlin that also aired on SyFy. If he had spoken in his native Irish tongue - no a average American, or any other country, come to speak of it would've ever understood him. Although he did perform with an English accent in the 5 season series. Some accents need to be toned down a certain measure for a general global audience.

I think the UK version is by far the superior. The comedy is much better and I love the way that you see these 'monsters', which throughout history have always been described as unfeeling bloodcrazed death machines worrying about stupid every day things like making a good impression on the landlord. I didn't feel this in the US version, everyone just seemed moody and the sarcasm and wit had gone so as not to confuse most Americans. The whole enjoyment for me came from how normal and quirky they were beneath their dark sides and the connection they had to each other. To me the U.S characters were really bland.

Also personally I thought that the way they died, especially Aiden was a really good move. The whole story had built up to make the point that Aiden needed to die, no matter how much he tried he could never stop hurting people. I love the way they didn't sugar coat it, In the end they all knew that it had to happen, and to me it made a huge statement that made the show for me. In regards to the other characters, I think it was a brave move but I liked it. How can you have fear for characters in a show when you know that they wont be killed off because they are the main characters, takes any worries you have out and makes you relaxed because you know nothing bad will happen. I thought it was a breath of fresh air that they actually did kill their main characters. They were three people with an entire army of Vampires after them, its ridiculous to think that they all survive, how many people die in wars in real life?!! If I wanted to see that I would go watch Twilight. To me the UK version had the perfect combination of comedy and grit and darkness which I loved. It didn't try to go pretty, it went down a more realistic route that life is hard and s**t happens, people die and sometimes you can't make something bad right.

I do respect that others may think differently, I just think that the UK offers a type of comedy that America cant, and in this case I really missed it's presence in the U.S version.

Personally, I watched a bit of both, a few episodes, and I liked the UK version a lot better. I felt like the American version spelled every little thing out and left nothing to the imagination. It felt a bit contrived because of this. The UK version leaves you to figure out more on your own and because of this is less predictable. I like being surprised.. And not having my intelligence insulted.

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