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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 28, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

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  • Summary: The award-winning sketch comedy comes stateside with its creators/stars on board.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. 100
    Indeed, the only real downside of the program is that they've made only six episodes.
  2. 80
    You don't like comedy that pushes the boundaries of good taste, you have no business here. But the material is presented with enough comic skill, cultural resonance, and clever mockery to rise above.
  3. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    The show is vulgar, crude and over the top. The jokes are usually cynical and occasionally cruel. That doesn't make them less funny; it just means you might feel guilty for laughing.
  4. It's not that Americans can't master the outlandish sketch comedy exemplified by Little Britain USA. It's just that, from Monty Python to Borat to Eddie Izzard, the British invariably do it so much better.
  5. Some of it works, much of it doesn't.
  6. 40
    Though there are exceptions and a few bits work, the skits that weren’t funny in one episode don’t become funny when they are repeated, with minor alterations, in the next.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    While I know the show has avid fans, this version leaves me cold much like the original does.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. EK.
    Sep 30, 2008
    Very funny and sick. I love it.
  2. PeterR.
    Oct 9, 2008
    Fabulous show. It really hits the spot when it comes to entertaining.
  3. MarjorieH
    Mar 1, 2009
    I loved the British version so had low expectations for this but I was surprised to find that it was great--actually more crude in a way than the British version, but really as wonderful and creative. Expand
  4. BrianM.
    Oct 17, 2008
    This show tries hard to be outrageous and offensive with the thought that those traits are the same thing as being funny. Sadly there are fewer laughs than there are moments that make you cringe. I'm not offended by the show, just not amused. It tries too hard. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2010
    "Little Britain USA" is funny, but not as good as the original UK version. It seems that all the political correctness and censorship needed in the US has done much harm for the brand, and it also seems that if Americans see a good foreign show, they take it and "American-ize" it. Expand
  6. chuckM
    Oct 17, 2008
    Sadly after a consistently funny first series, the signs were beggining to show that the material was getting a bit thin even during the second. The third series just seemed to ramp up the vulgarity and shock factor but forget about the humour, and that's exactly where we're at right now with Little Britain USA. Damn right offensive in parts and without the humour to back it up it simply feels embarrassing, there are one or two genius moments but they're spread so thin that its barely worth enduring the barrage of filth coming your way to get to them. Surely the whole reason for this series was to point out the cultural differences between the two nations and poke fun at the American attitude to the world. This I'm afraid only happens on rare occasions (hunters roping a mouse to the pick-up), the majority of the rest of the sketches could be set anywhere and they simply rehash old ideas. Lucas and Walliams are undeniably very funny, but they seemed to run out of characters and ideas a good few years ago. I'm British and have to endure the overhyping of this show daily, I'm glad that people have finally started to see through the thin veneer though. Believe me, this is not British humour at it's best. There are countless shows that are much more clever, inventive and most importantly funny than this debacle, please don't buy into the it because it's British and very rude. Expand
  7. RichS
    May 24, 2009
    Tedious, wincingly unfunny claptrap. They seem obsessed with the homosexual, fat, and racist variety of human kind. Dysfunctional humour? You got it.

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