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Whose Line UK and Whose Line US - which do you prefer?

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Which do you prefer?
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Post: 1   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:15 am   Whose Line UK and Whose Line US - which do you prefer? Reply with quote

This was always a popular topic of discussion, so I thought I'd start a topic for it here.

Which Whose Line edition do you prefer - the UK or the US? Why?

I first started watching the US version. Later on, I discovered the UK version, which I didn't like at first, but which slowly grew on me.

Now, I'm one of those rare people who like both equally.

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Post: 2   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:40 am   Reply with quote

I do love both, but I voted for the UK version because I like it better.

I love how they get through about twice as many games on the British version. Drew cracks me up, but Clive is classier and he has a wider range of humor. I love a lot of the UK contestants, such as Tony Slattery, Josie Lawrence, Niall Ashdown and Steve Frost. I loved the games Authors, Psychiatrist, Old Job New Job, and some others that they never even tried on the U.S version. I love that there were no censors on the UK version, and I liked how it wasn't so focused on audience participation and celebrity stars. A lot of people hate seasons 8-10 on the UK version but I love them. I like all the seasons, although I haven't seen too much of Season 1 yet. I think the Greg and Clive banter is some really memorable comedy, and on the US version the bald jokes and Drew jokes got kind of old. I love that we got to see Greg and Brad working together on the British version. I love the more formal feeling of the UK version, instead of all the inside jokes that were on the other. People say Drew always cracked up during scenes, but you can clearly hear Clive laughing through scenes and enjoying them too. I think he loved his job. I do love the US version though, and I love that it has Wayne Brady in almost every episode <3 and that we get to see so much of Colin and Ryan working together, since they are my favorite duo ever. And on the US version they weren't afraid to be outrageous and kiss each other all the time. On the UK version they held back a little.

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Post: 3   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:27 pm   Reply with quote

I like the US one better. It's the only one I've watched to tell the truth. But one of my friends specifically told me that the UK version was not funny. :/ (at least, compared to the US version)
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Post: 4   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:35 pm   Reply with quote

I love them both, but the UK one just gets my vote for being my first love, as it were.
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Post: 5   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:35 pm   Reply with quote

The US one will easily win this poll, but I far prefer the UK version. The Uk version is smarter, funnier and dirtier than the US version imo, and I find it so much easier to enjoy. Series 6 of the Uk version is imo the best series of Whose Line ever, the standard of improvsation is so high in that series. I'm not saying the US version wasn't funny, it was hilarious, at times brilliant, but not as good as the Uk version.

I think the reason a lot of people dislike the UK version is that they leap right in with Series 1, arguably the least funny series of the show. The guests weren't as good, John Sessions was in every episode and people like Paul, Josie, etc weren't as brilliant as they were even a year or two later.

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Post: 6   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:10 pm   Reply with quote

I'm gonna go with both. The UK version was smarter and hilarious, but the US version was more accessible (and still hilarious). They're different but both lovable.
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Post: 7   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:26 pm   Reply with quote

I think the thing about the US version was that it was marketed much more as a family show than the UK one. That's why it was more censored/less dirty. Not that this fact makes it superior or inferior to the UK one, in my opinion.
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Post: 8   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:15 pm   Reply with quote

ChesterfieldSnapdragonMcF wrote:
I think the thing about the US version was that it was marketed much more as a family show than the UK one. That's why it was more censored/less dirty. Not that this fact makes it superior or inferior to the UK one, in my opinion.


That, and the fact that you just can't get away with the same levels of swearing or sexual innuendo on US network TV (whole different story on cable) than you can on UK (or indeed Australian) network TV.

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Post: 9   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:23 pm   Reply with quote

That's true.
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Post: 10   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:38 pm   Reply with quote

It's always intrigued me that "the land of the free" is also the land of some of the most restrictive TV censorship in the western world.
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Post: 11   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:47 pm   Reply with quote

Magnus D wrote:
Series 6 of the Uk version is imo the best series of Whose Line ever, the standard of improvsation is so high in that series.


Yeah, I kind of prefer season 5 because I like Tony better before he got into drugs. I think season 5 has some really strong episodes, and pretty much from seasons 3-6 it was at it's best. I'm one of the rare people that love seasons 8-10 though because they have so much of Ryan and Colin and Greg, yet it's still different than the US version.

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Seasons 2-6 are the peak in the UK series for my taste. I do love the seemingly lesser regarded talents like Sandy Toksvig, Jim Sweeney, Steve Steen and Paul Merton, "the man of 1,000 voice".
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Post: 13   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:34 pm   Reply with quote

ChipEstenismyhusband wrote:
Magnus D wrote:
Series 6 of the Uk version is imo the best series of Whose Line ever, the standard of improvsation is so high in that series.


Yeah, I kind of prefer season 5 because I like Tony better before he got into drugs. I think season 5 has some really strong episodes, and pretty much from seasons 3-6 it was at it's best. I'm one of the rare people that love seasons 8-10 though because they have so much of Ryan and Colin and Greg, yet it's still different than the US version.


I can see why you'd say that, and Series 5 is my 2nd favourite. It had my favourite Whose Line episode of all time in the Mike/Tony/Sweeney and Steen episode, if only for Mike and Tony's Bartender song Very Happy.

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Post: 14   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:04 pm   Reply with quote

I like the US version. The UK version I didn't really watch that often. But yes, it was funny Very Happy I just find the US version more interesting because I had found that version first Razz
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Post: 15   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:36 am   Reply with quote

I love both for different reasons. I like the UK version because they don't censor as much, but I love the US version more because I'm more used to it, I prefer the pacing, and I love all the little inside jokes Whose Line UK has collected over the seasons.
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Post: 16   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:35 pm   Reply with quote

I voted for US but I haven't seen much of the UK verson. I'll try to get into it because I know I'm missing out.
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Post: 17   Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:08 pm   Reply with quote

I do love both the versions, but for me, the UK version JUST wins my favour. I liked the fact that there was a bigger selection of performers and other games that they could play instead of just doing the same ones over and over each episode like they did in the US version of the show. Plus the shows were less censored meaning we could get to see all the naughty things they did. Wink

I'm also head over heels in love with Josie Lawrence, so that adds to my appreciation of the show as well, haha.

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Post: 18   Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 pm   Reply with quote

I love them both.

US seems to make me laugh better because I guess it's the difference in humor. But I like how the UK version seemed to allow them to have more freedom with certain words. I'm not a fan of censorship.

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Both for different reasons! As Thorntonk has said, censorship in the US I think stopped many comedy moments ever reaching the audience but has a very relaxed feel. You can tell that each performer along with Drew Carey are very comfortable with eachother and themselves. I sometimes find the UK version makes the mistake of letting the hilarity calm between games. But as said, the freedom of this improv is obvious! Not only this but it's longer and was the first time I ever came into contact with improv comedy. The mixing of performers also helps as you get different combinations of styles, meanwhile - the US is the same 3 people joined by a guest. Most of which are regular guests.
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Post: 20   Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:27 pm   Reply with quote

It's nice that we haven't had any big brawls in this thread about which Whose Line series is better. Smile
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Post: 21   Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:30 am   Reply with quote

I prefer the UK version personally. It had a more adult approach to it, which I think worked well in its favour, it had a much wider selection of guests, and what was best of all, I think, it also had a prefect amount of integration of both UK and American guests.
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Post: 22   Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 10:13 pm   Reply with quote

I love both the US and the UK equally. I got into the American one first and then discovered the UK version through the wonders of the interwebs. I didn't like it at first, but then I forced myself to watch it, and it get funnier. Smile
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Post: 23   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:25 pm   Reply with quote

Chrissy wrote:
The mixing of performers also helps as you get different combinations of styles, meanwhile - the US is the same 3 people joined by a guest. Most of which are regular guests.


Yeah, I hated that the US one didn't mix performers. They should've. And even though I love the Ryan/Colin duo, they should've let them work with other people. If Ryan and Colin said they were getting bored, they shouldn't have made them do the same things over and over!

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Post: 24   Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:09 am   Reply with quote

I also agree with Chrissy's statement, but I am glad that they had Colin and Ryan working together so much. Those two are priceless when they're doing improv together. I remember one of them saying that, that they kept asking the producers to let them work separately, but really they did get to lots of times. In Film, TV and Theater Styles Ryan was often paired with Wayne or Greg, in Hollywood Director he was always performing with Wayne and Greg, Kathy or Brad while Colin was on the side waiting to come in, and in 3-Headed Broadway Star they were often separated. On the US version it would've been different if they'd had a different third or fourth person every week. In that case you would've wanted to see Colin and Ryan working with other people. But really I think they each got to work with Jeff, Greg, Chip, Brad and Kathy enough that there was variation. And at least Colin and Ryan didn't show their annoyance of working together, since they did so much. They really had a genuine friendship and you could tell, even if they were sick of each other, they still loved being around each other.
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Post: 25   Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:30 pm   Reply with quote

I got into Whose Line as a result of watching the UK version and found it funny, however I do prefer the US version because I find there's a more positive atmosphere in the US one, as I find Drew a more enthusiastic host than Clive, though I still like them both.

I also agree with Chrissy. As much as I love Ryan and Colin working together and most of the regulars, it does drag on a bit and it would've been interesting to see a wider variety of performers.
I like the idea of them having special guests like Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg on the show, as they added variety and popularity.

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