As a fan of both the Super Sentai series and Power Rangers, I find myself in the midst of a lot of onling discussion about which is “better” and the differences between Mighty Morphin’ and Zyuranger and how to pit two things I love against one another.  I’d rather look at what the differences in the shows say about their cultures, the countries they came from and the people they are designed to entertain.  That said, it can be fun to compaire things, and so I must announce the following:  The American version of ‘The Office’ is quantitatively better than the source material, since it has far less Ricky Gervais, leading to today’s comparitive query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds Faithful Spoilerites that “None of ’em” ia s valid answer, but it tends to kill everybody’s buzz, asking: What US Adaptation do you feel is better than the original material?

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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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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The problem is that in most cases, I’ve never seen the original material.

    Having said that, I loved 12 Monkeys by Terry Gilliam. And Wikipedia tells me that The Parent Trap was adapted from a German film, and I can’t imagine anything better than double Hayley Mills.

  2. From what I’ve seen, almost none of them. Departed might be one, only because it was by Scorsese. True lies maybe, because I happen to like Arnold.

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