When I got to college in the late 1980s, I was lucky enough to witness the earliest days of what would become Comedy Central, a channel whose programming included copious amounts of Monty Python reruns, the Canadian hijinks of The Kids In The Hall, and even the absurd (but brilliant) antics of ‘The Young Ones.’  For a while in my callow youth, it was cool to only enjoy things that were “imports”, whether it be ‘Akira’ on VHS, European imports at the local record store, or my cache of Golgo 13 comics.  These days, I’d say that any balanced view of pop culture has to take into account that we live in the fabled future global economy, as seen with the movie adaptation of G.I. Joe, downplaying jingoism and cowboy diplomacy to emphasize a less ethnocentric view.  This, in turn, begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would have a hard time deciding between Monty Python, Super Sentai and Doctor Who, asking: What’s your favorite bit of pop culture that comes from a country other than your own?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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15 Comments

  1. March 27, 2014 at 11:28 am — Reply

    Nintendo.

  2. Frank
    March 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm — Reply

    Time Bandits and Baron Münchhausen. Both exports from Monty Python.

  3. Ingrid
    March 27, 2014 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    For me it’s a toss up between Tintin and the Moomins. I’m nuts about them both. And not many people seem to have heard of either of them.

    • March 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm — Reply

      I like the Moomins! One of the nurses when I was going through chemo as a kid got me the translated copies of two of the books, which led to me seeking out the TV series as a teenager (in the days when the internet was super slow dial-up, finally got on a VHS mailing tree thanks to some old online group where we would copy the tape and then send it to the next person on the list).

  4. Doctor Dinosaur
    March 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm — Reply

    Majorspoilers .. see what I did there?

  5. EricJude
    March 27, 2014 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    Does scotch qualify as pop culture?

  6. March 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm — Reply

    The UK Office by far. It is the only series I watch once a year in its entirety

  7. March 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    Star Wars
    Batman
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    Image Comics
    The Red Panda

  8. Hannah Jones
    March 27, 2014 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    Monty Python and The Mighty Boosh for a start. Tim Minchin is another really good one. Doctor Who, of course. And the IT crowd. DOGS is a pretty fantastic Manga, if a bit graphic and you’ve gotta love Hetalia. XXXHolic and Tsubasa Reservior Chronicle are really good too.

    And if I start on music this list will get way to freaking long(as if it’s not already) so I think I have to call it quits there.

  9. March 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm — Reply

    I’m really torn. On one hand, I’ve grown up spending untold hours playing Nintendo games. On the other, my middle name comes from Doctor Who, it’s been a huge part of my fiancee and I bonding, and I just love it.

    Too hard to decide. I’m cheating and picking both.

  10. Ken gass
    March 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    Peep show is one of the funniest sitcoms I’ve ever seen.

  11. March 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm — Reply

    I would say I’m a fanatic when it come to Japanese anime. I grew up watching Robotech Macross Saga, Fist of the North Star and later in my teens Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Ninja Scroll. Right now my current favs are Log Horizon, Magi, and Attack on Titan. And even though its been a long journey of 400 plus episodes I’m still fond of Naruto and catch when I can streaming on Hulu.

  12. March 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm — Reply

    I guess the most obvious would be Doctor Who, Digimon, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider and Alizée Jacotey.

    Less obvious would be Degrassi (I hardly ever admit to watching it), Emo Rangers and the original UK Being Human (although I kinda burned out by the last season, I still love the earlier episodes).

    And even though I can’t have it anymore due to my medications, vodka.

  13. March 28, 2014 at 6:01 am — Reply

    Star Trek – The Original Series. It ignited my love for science fiction and every geek thing I have loved since.

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