The hit British sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, is set to head stateside as ABC confirm they will shoot the pilot later this year.
Only Fools, as most Brits call it, was voted one of the best sitcoms of all time in a UK poll back in 2004. At its peak, it attracted audiences of more than 20 million back in the late 1980s, though that number sadly dwindled in later years.
The show still holds fond memories for many, and some of the hilarious phrases lead characters Del Boy and Rodney Trotter often used, many of which have been adopted into everyday language, still make many smile. How many have found themselves saying “You dipstick…” and “During the war…”?!
But the question remains, with one of the most iconic shows from British Television, how will the remake be received by American viewers? In its favour, ABC have confirmed Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, writers from the popular TV show Scrubs, will write the pilot. Many will be wondering, though, whether this is enough!
Other popular Brit sitcoms rewritten for an American audience, including Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers, Men Behaving Badly, and Coupling, failed to attract any interest. On the other hand, there are success stories. You need only look at the US remake of Ricky Gervasis’ The Office, starring the immensely talented Steve Carell, to see there are a small amount of shows which can be rewritten to attract a popular following stateside. Will this happen with Only Fools? Time shall tell, but some certainly hope so!