British or American TV: Who Does It Better?

Last DetectiveA while back I posed the question “Who Writes Better: The British or the Americans?” and concluded that I sat on the fence about the matter. Really, there are talented writers on both sides of the pond—worldwide for that matter.

But ask me if who has the best TV shows and I don’t hesitate with my answer: the British. No question about it.

Over the past ten years, I’ve viewed countless British shows. Here are just a few:

Blue Murder

Foley’s War

George Gently

Inspector Alleyn

Last Detective

Murder in Suburbia

New Tricks


Waking the Dead


Much as I love the crime genre, I also enjoy shows that don’t feature dead bodies. The British have gifted us with several:

Kavanagh QC

As Time Goes By

At Home with the Braithwaites

Doc Martin

Doctor Finlay

Downton Abbey

He Knew He was Right

Kavanagh QC

Monarch of the Glen

The Way We Live Now

For an interesting blog post on the who-does-TV-better question, click here. Be sure to read the comments section.

For my post “Who Writes Better: The British or the Americans?” click here.

Readers, do you prefer American or British TV? Please explain your answer.

Do you have favorite shows to share? Like many, I’m always on the lookout for something new.

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Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, Death by Cupcake, and Murder by the Glass. Maggie is a member of James River Writers, International Thriller Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and is a founding member of Sisters in Crime Central Virginia, where she manages the chapter’s Instagram account. In addition, she serves Sisters in Crime on the national level as a member of the Social Media team. Maggie graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Business Administration, and has worked as a software developer, customer service supervisor, and retail sales manager. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Glen, and cats, Morris and Olive.


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