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Buzz In: What Shows From Other Countries Do You Love?

Tonight, NBC premieres The Listener, a show that was originally produced in Canada. US networks importing shows from other countries is a trend that really picked up steam during the writers' strike, but it's nothing new; shows from other countries have been airing here for years (and getting remade, but that's another story). Plus, with YouTube and other online video sources, it's getting easier and easier to see buzzworthy shows from other countries even if they aren't airing on TV here.

So I'm wondering: What are some of your all-time shows from other countries? I'll start you out with some of mine: Degrassi: The Next Generation from Canada, Summer Heights High from Australia, and the original UK version of The Office. Now what are yours?


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Allytta Allytta 8 years
Skins, Secret Diary of a Call Girl... but I'm from UK, so all american shows that I love are foreign to me. I watch Degrassi too :))
figurines figurines 8 years
kea718 kea718 8 years
Skins and Degrassi are 2 of my ALL TIME fav shows.... I have BBC America but I dont like watching Skins on it. They edit it too much and the music is different. I'd much rather just download it. I also think Summer Heights High is hysterical.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
Top Gear on BBC America!
eveday eveday 8 years
I'm Brazilian so most of the shows I watch are "from other countries". The non American shows I like are usually British...but most (or all) of them aren't aired anymore: Coupling, The Black Adder, Absolutely Fabulous, The Fast Show, The Faulty Towers and One Foot in the Grave. Actually, most of them I watched only because of re-runs. And, of course, there's Monty Python's Flying Circus -- most perfect tv show ever made.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I'm Irish so most of my favourite shows are American. But others include Summer Heights High and Kath & Kim from Australia, Footballers Wives and Gimme Gimme Gimme from the UK.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
I'm in NZ so all my favourite shows are from another country, particulary America.
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
I like Skins, Poirot, Marple, Spooks (with Matthew Macfayden and then with Rupert Penry-Jones), Coupling (I love Jack Davenport!), the Office... just basically a lot of British shows lol and their adaptations of Jane Austen's books. I also started watching Degrassi and Being Erica.
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
The Office, Coupling, Spaced - BBC is so much better than anything on American tv (and I'm American)...
Choco-cat Choco-cat 8 years
i can't believe people aren't mentioning Spooks (MI-5 in the US). I absolutely love this show! Doctor Who, Torchwood, The IT Crowd, the British Office, Robin Hood, list goes on and on...
cibele cibele 8 years
Well, I'm from Brazil and all shows I like are from outside my countries. But there a few non American shows: Secret Diary of A Call Girl Skins The listener is cool.
redscorpio redscorpio 8 years
I'm from Europe too so almost everything I watch is from "another country". As for non-US shows, I have to say definitely old classics like Black Adder and Faulty Towers. More recently I would have to say Wire in the Blood (one of the best shows I have even seen - most definitely worth checking it out), QI (big Stephen Fry fan) Black Books (great british comedy) and Top Gear (very funny even if you're not that much into cars and driving). I also quite like (although I do not regularly watch them) some French ones: Camera Cafe, PJ and a couple of others I used to watch on TV5 Monde.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
There is (was?) a show in England called "Boys and Girls" --- it was this so-bad-it's-good late night variety/ game show thing with young people
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Oh cool, thanks for letting me know. I used to love Becker, I even suspect it may be where the idea for House orginated.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
"Corner Gas" is already in the States. It comes on WGN in companion with "Becker".
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I agree regarding the British Office. I started watching it recently, and it is wonderful, especially in comparison to the last couple seasons of the American Office. It reminded me what the characters are supposed to like. I also love The Extras, maybe I just have a thing for Ricky Gervais. :shrug: Being Canadian, I watch alot of American shows. :) DeGrassi Rocks! And be on the look out for Corner Gas, I hear its coming to America. :D
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
Advah, I'm glad I'm not the only one who still remembers Heartbreak High. :) I lived in the UK from summer 1999 to summer 2000 and that's when I fell in love with "Never Mind the Buzzcocks". I 'm really happy that show still exists and even happier that most episodes can be found on YouTube.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
Doctor Who, Torchwood, You Are What You Eat, The Graham Norton Show, Degrassi, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Gavin and Stacey, Being Erica, The Mighty Boosh, Wonderfalls, and a few more that I just can't remember at the time.
Mädchen Mädchen 8 years
I'm from Europe, so many of the shows I get to see on TV are "from other countries", but I'll just mention some of my English language favourites that aren't from the US: The (original) Office, Spaced (!!!), Life on Mars, Robin Hood (the one with Jonas Armstrong), Coupling and McLeod's Daughters (not so much the later seasons though) I also used to love two other Australian shows back in the day: Heartbreak High and The Flying Doctors
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I adore BBC-America. My favorite is Gavin and Stacey, and I also enjoy Skins. And the channel introduced me to my number-1 favorite trashy tv show of all time, Footballers Wives.
Advah Advah 8 years
My friends and I spent our junior school years watching Heartbreak High. My Australian flatmate couldn't believe I knew it!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
oh and for throwback appeal Are You Being Served? and Red Dwarf!!!
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