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    BBC America

    So, I've been watching BBC America lately and being a long time fan of British humor, I'm loving it. "Coupling" is outrageously funny at times ... kind of like "Friends" for grown-ups and comedy on Viagra. "That Mitchell and Webb Look" has its Python-esque moments. But I have to say that the best comedy comes from an unexpected quarter. "Top Gear" is the most consistently funny series for lovers of droll, understated, and totally British-type humor. (Oops, I mean humour.) Where else are you going to see three men make an actual crossing of the English Channel, in a pickup truck, with an outboard motor attached to the tailgate?

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    Ha ha. They have rednecks in England too?

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    rednecks.........GOOD GOD YES.......but I think I'd refer to them as plonkers. And my husband calls himself a "britneck" since we came home to Kansas.

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    Coupling predated Friends, I think. And it was a wonderful show. We laughed a lot.

    People talk about the British sense of humor. I never got what that was. I always thought the stuff they thought funny was funny. Some of the drier sitcoms were dull, but so are many of the ones from the States. So it wasn't a British vs. US humor thing. I'm still scratching my head. Maybe it's the accents, heh.

    BBC America had some pretty good surprises. We don't do cable anymore. Do they have any new shows on BBC America? Other than news?
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    Robert,

    I am not familiar with most of the shows you mention. Somehow, the Argentines donīt go in for much that is English/British. It might have something to do with that Falklandīs thing in 1982, or should I say the Malvinas. :wink:

    But I do agree. Iīm an avowed Anglophile and spent many hours with British programming. "Fawlty Towers" is still one of my favorites. Iīve got all the DVDs of the series and a book with all the scripts.
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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    Ah yes. Basil Fawlty. What a twit! One of my favorites too.

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    British humor is so different from "ours" here in the states. I absolutely love Open All Hours, and Keeping Up Appearances. Can't beat those to I don't think. Well.....Black Adder comes close.

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    Julie,

    Iīd forgotten about Black Adder. It was also one of my favorites, maybe because I was an English professor for years and the parodies were incredible. The "Bucket" lady was great too!
    The only problem with humor is that no one takes it seriously.

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