Sometimes the Americans just do it better…

Posted in Uncategorized by Tony C on February 8, 2009

Demons Galleries

If you’ve ever been to the US and switched on the TV you’ll how completely and utterly awful it is.  So why then are they so much better at making drama series than we are?  Casualty vs ER, no contest.  The Wire vs The Bill, ditto.  Then of course there is the mashup of sci-fi and horror where we again offer little in the way of resistance to the invaders…only a certain Doctor able to keep the British end up.   Which brings me to the end of the first, and as it turns out probably only season of Demons, the guys at Digital Spy, have already written an end of season report so I don’t have to.  It’s sad really as there was buried in the middle of this TV equivalent of hastily made trifle was some nice ideas and Philip Glenister.  So where did it all go wrong?  It’s simple and is the reason the Americans are consistently better at this kind of TV than we are.   The writing…pure and simple.

Hat tip to Andrew for the link.

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  1. Martin said, on February 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Demons was fun but just missed on so many levels – just who thought an American accent for Phil Glenister was a good idea?

    But one bad series does not mean the UK surrenders at the genre: to see how really great supernatural drama should be done just check out Being Human on BBC3. A flat share comedy drama with a Vampire, Werewolf and Ghost that somehow works brilliantly. Although I am still not sure “comedy” really should be in the description as it can get very dark.

  2. Nancy said, on March 5, 2009 at 1:27 am

    How can something be “completely and utterly” awful if some of it is good? Hands down, the UK kicks our TV butts in the comedy category, no debate there. But, if we keep putting out quality dramas like The Sopranos, Mad Men and Hill Street Blues, US TV can’t be “completely and utterly” awful. Love the “Binge Thinking History” podcast, btw!

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