Friday, January 14, 2011
I'm sure many visitors who are old enough will have at least some vague memory of The Nanny, a US sitcom that ran from 1993 to 1999. It starred Fran Drescher as the nanny, not surprisingly named Fran, to a pair of kids in New York. What is likely to come as a surprise however is that the series spawned foreign remakes. TV networks in countries as varied as Turkey, Poland, and Chile decided their audiences deserved their own version of the series. Not only that, but they also used scripts from the American original, adapted to local culture. Of course this kind of thing isn't limited to foreign countries using American show concepts. Various American versions have been made of (usually) UK TV shows, ranging from hits like All in the Family(based on the British Til Death Us Do Part) to failures like the 1996 American Doctor Who movie/TV series pilot. So this kind of TV imperialism goes in more than one direction. Still, if I were considering the idea of foreign networks doing local versions of a 1990s US sitcom I would have assumed Friends, not The Nanny.