Downton Abbey: The British Invasion of America

Posted: November 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

In television discussion often focuses on the global influence of American programs, with less emphasis on the exportation of British television dramas and shows. In fact, British television has greatly influenced American television, though frequently they are scheduled on PBS for elite American audiences. British television dramas that do reach mass prime-time audiences on American networks are not always as direct imports. Sometimes, due to cultural nuances and the preference in the United States for “American” programs, British television shows are adapted for American audiences.

On that subject, see “10 Great American Adaptations of British Shows“. See also this article in the New York Times: “The British Are Coming, Once Again.” And see also these two articles: “British TV is Coming!” and “When British TV Flies Across the Pond“. On the cultural and linguistic influences of British television in the United States, see “How English is invading America again” and “Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English“. See also “Americans are barmy over Britishisms“and “Britishisms in American English? Brilliant!

It’s not a one-way street, of course. See this article: “10 British Shows Stolen from America“.

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