Favorite British TV programs by state.


Have you seen this yet? It’s America’s Favorite British TV, by State.

Image from http://www.cabletv.com/blog/americas-favorite-british-tv-shows-by-state/

I’m not quite sure what I think about it, and I really don’t know enough about how CableTV.com crunched their data to get these favorites, but I was a bit intrigued, I’ll admit. Not by my state’s favorite: Monty Python’s Flying Circus (well, sure, it’s a classic, but still, haven’t we been watching any newer British TV around here?), but by some of the other listings. I was particularly tickled that Colorado, one of the first states to legalize marijuana, loved the program Spaced (starring a young Simon Pegg, it’s a comedy program that features a lot of fantasy sequences). Also, Georgia likes Coupling (a comedy written by Steven Moffat, of Sherlock and Dr. Who fame) ? I would not have predicted that.

What do you think about your state’s favorite?


  1. I’m quite surprised by this. Many of these programmes aren’t that well known in the UK. Shows like Spaced, Outnumbered and Coupling don’t receive mainstream audiences over here and many people won’t have heard of them. It’s quite surprising to see them ranked as favourites.

    Even more surprising is the mention of Gogglebox. That is so specifically attached to a week in British television that I can’t see why it appeals to someone in another country who isn’t getting the same shows. It only really works if you have seen the episodes they are talking about. I so often watch things on catch-up that it doesn’t even make sense to me. That’s the most surprising thing I’ve heard all week!

    • Well, Jackie,
      There’s a number of factors leading to the weirdness of this chart, I would imagine. The first is that watching British TV, while very popular now, is still done by just a fraction of American viewers–so those niche viewers may enjoy niche programs. This chart was produced by CableTV.com, a website to help people find their cable provider, so I’m guessing they were using data from cable watchers, and that might also skew the number of programs available.
      I’d heard of most of these programs, but must confess “Gogglebox” was a new one to me. Wonder why it was so big in New York? Maybe there’s a big expat Brit population in New York City and that’s what they’re watching? Ah, the Internet. Tons of information, no idea where it’s coming from. 🙂

  2. Jackie,
    Yes, but I still don’t know how to account for “Coupling” as a big hit in Georgia!
    If nothing else this was a nice resource for some different series suggestions. Reminded me I’ve only seen a few episodes of Outnumbered and I’d like to see more!

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