British Soaps vs. American Soaps: It’s War!

The posters over at Soap Opera Network are all a-tizzy about the following YouTube clip, which unfavorably compares American soap operas to British soap operas. It’s from a BBC Four show titled Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe, in which critic Charlie Brooker takes on trends in the TV industry. About American soaps, he says, “Yes, it’s acorn antiques all the way, replete with abysmal dialogue, wobbly sets, and acting so bad it isn’t even wooden – it’s bloody cardboard!” Some posters at SON have taken Brooker’s comments as a declaration of war (“OMG! I’m not even five minutes into it, and I’m FURIOUS!”). Granted, Brooker gets far too much mileage out of the universally reviled and now cancelled Passions, and his grasp on the facts is often wrong (how many times is All My Children mistaken for The Young and the Restless?). But he makes some interesting and valid points. Well, watch and be enraged.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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