‘The Inbetweeners’ co-creator defends US version of show

A trailer for the show received an angry response from fans of the UK show on YouTube

The co-creator of The Inbetweeners has defended the US version of the show.

A trailer for the show received an overwhelmingly negative response from users on YouTube – receiving 35,110 dislikes on YouTube compared to 663 likes. A torrent of abuse has been left underneath the video, with typical comments declaring the trailer “awful”, “unbearable” and “shockingly shite”.

But Iain Morris, who co-created the hit E4 show, has defended the trailer on Twitter. “I’m not going to comment on the American inbetweeners a lot because I have to use twitter for more interesting things like complaining but the pilot director, Taika Waititi, has made consistently funny TV shows and one of my favourite films of all time in ‘Boy’.”

He added: “My wife is American, and she is as funny and clever as anyone I’ve ever met, so I don’t like or appreciate the anti-American stuff. Anyway, you might like it, you might hate it, but don’t pre-judge it. And the original will always exist. Always. Never going away. Thanks.”

MTV’s remake of the hit E4 sitcom – which relocates the action from Rudge Park Comprehensive to a typical American high school – premieres in the US on August 20. Earlier this week (July 17), the first trailer for the show appeared on YouTube – click here to watch it.

The creators of the British original, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, serve as executive producers on the remake, but UK viewers were scathing of their efforts to rework the show for a US audience. Commenting on YouTube, one angry fan wrote: “Another great English TV series being copied by the Americans and turned into a lump of shit! good work MTV knockers!”

The original British version of The Inbetweeners, starring Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas, ran for three seasons as an E4 sitcom before spawning a spin-off film. Last month (June), it was reported that the show’s creators are also producing an American teen film “inspired by” The Inbetweeners Movie. Watch the trailer for the film below.