The BAFTA-winning British sitcom, which aired for three seasons from 2008 to 2010, followed four male high school friends and the US remake will do the same. The names of characters (Will MacKenzie, Simon Cooper, Jay Cartwright and Neil Sutherland) are identical in the MTV version, and some smaller details are similar as well: Will carries a briefcase to school, Will’s mother is a MILF, Simon is in love with Carly and Neil is the idiot of the group.
But “The Inbetweeners,” which premieres on Monday, August 20 at 10:30 p.m. ET on MTV, will differ from the original in some ways. British football will be replaced with American football and Jay will be plumped up to be the heaviest of the four main characters, all of which is evident in the trailer below.
So what else can American audiences expect to be similar?
“We ran out [of UK storylines]. The first season, out of 12 episodes, six borrow skewed versions of the [UK] plot, but we had to tweak it to fit an American sensibility,” executive producer Brad Copeland said at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Friday. “They only did 18 episodes so there’s not that much to borrow. It definitely gave us a launchpad to transition into our own stories. We’re really looking forward to it.”