Inbetweeners a success in the US? No. It's too mean.
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The Inbetweeners is one of a rare breed of sitcoms: painfully well observed, relatable and almost without exception, British. Along with shows like Outnumbered and The Office it typifies a certain kind of cruel and self-deprecating humour that we Brits so love. Everyone who has ever known an unpopular teenage boy can instantly relate to the antics of Will, Jay, Simon and Neil on their unending quest for 'clunge' and coolness. Words and catchphrases from the TV show have become an intrinsic part of the teenage vocabulary. Who hasn't, at some stage or another, referred to someone as a 'bus wanker' or a 'football friend'? An American remake is set to start airing in August on MTV but the big question is, will they 'get' it? Will it be as much of a success as The Office's U.S. remake, or will it flop spectacularly like Skins U.S.A.? Sure, there's the gross-out factor. America has a prudish, conservative reputation and the TV exports we see in the U.K. tend to be far less explicit than The Inbetweeners – particularly those aimed at a teenage market. How well will the profanity and sexual frankness translate?
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