Years behind the rest of the world it seems, my wife and I have discovered The Kumars at No. 42. I only get about three-quarters of the cultural references, but it is still brilliant comedy. When I compare it to Jay Leno holding up barely-entendre newspaper headlines, I weep for the state of US talk shows.
In similar BBC America news, we are now fans of So Graham Norton, too.
Worse than that, there’s this compulsion to rework the shows into a US version. They’ve ruined many a good show that way. Fox even had a version of The Kumars called The Ortegas. It featured a Latino family living in Van Nuys. It was so awful that a previous network dropped it as soon as they saw the pilot, Fox picked it up, and then decided not to air it.
If you took away the Canadians, US comedy would be in very bad shape.