The Gang Meets Putin
July 9, 2014 7:09 AM   Subscribe

 
I love these Russian remakes. The way that the Russian nanny is Russian Jewish, the way Sheldon is Belarusian nerdy... I realize that I as an American watching these shows in Russian am a small minority though.
posted by k8t at 7:38 AM on July 9, 2014


See? See? They're a gang now too!
posted by Naberius at 7:53 AM on July 9, 2014


So - it's the Russian equivalent of making Akira in Neo-New-York with a bunch of white actors? It just can't translate well...
posted by symbioid at 7:54 AM on July 9, 2014 [2 favorites]


I saw this link yesterday, and so help me God, I had no idea this sort of thing existed. So, this "Russian scene-for-scene redo's of American TV shows" is a THING?


This world is far stranger than I had even imagined. And yes, I have seen "Italian Spiderman".
posted by SPUTNIK at 7:59 AM on July 9, 2014


Today on "It's Always Sunny in Moscow," the gang is trying to purge all traces of homosexual propaganda from the bar. However, after Sergei's crush sees him make an effeminate gesture, Sergei and Maxim have to prove that they are not gay. Meanwhile, Alyona hires a nice Slavic-looking fellow from her dialectical materialism class, but he ends up turning the bar into a meeting spot for apologists of the fascist Ukrainian junta.
posted by Behemoth at 8:01 AM on July 9, 2014 [11 favorites]


Behemoth for Premier!
posted by prodigalsun at 8:07 AM on July 9, 2014 [1 favorite]


When it was new, Always Sunny kinda seemed like a typical American sitcom that was translated into a Russian (or German or something) version and then re-translate back into an American show.
posted by mullacc at 8:11 AM on July 9, 2014 [2 favorites]


Perhaps we'll see "Night Man" at the Bolshoi.

День мужчина, Oooooh aaaaahhh, враг ночного человека, Oooooh Aaaaah, защитник солнца ...
posted by prodigalsun at 8:12 AM on July 9, 2014 [6 favorites]


I suspect the Russian version of Rock, Flag & Eagle might be played a lot straighter.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:19 AM on July 9, 2014


Desperate request for griphus to watch this and report back
posted by Greg Nog at 8:29 AM on July 9, 2014


Is Always Bleakly Overcast in Omsk.
posted by yoink at 8:49 AM on July 9, 2014 [9 favorites]


I was more thinking of "Day Man" being done by the Red Army Chorus.
posted by benito.strauss at 10:16 AM on July 9, 2014 [2 favorites]


When it was new, Always Sunny kinda seemed like a typical American sitcom that was translated into a Russian (or German or something) version and then re-translate back into an American show.

It's Always Sunny is basically a more vicious iteration of Seinfeld: a show about nothing revolving around a gang of petty, self-obsessed people. The characters even match up in many ways.
posted by Sangermaine at 10:21 AM on July 9, 2014


Exactly, Sangermaine. Or as I have described it to friends: Seinfeld on Mescaline.
posted by prodigalsun at 10:40 AM on July 9, 2014


Desperate request for griphus to watch this and report back

How long do threads stay open because no problem but I won't have reliable home internet until like August.
posted by griphus at 11:11 AM on July 9, 2014


"It's Always Sunny is basically a more vicious iteration of Seinfeld: a show about nothing revolving around a gang of petty, self-obsessed people."

To me Seinfeld always seemed to be about adults acting like children and not in a bad way. You know how when you were younger you probably had a few friends and you all had crazy ideas that you tried to put into action and weird hijinks ensued? Yeah, that's how Seinfeld always seemed to me. There was no straight man on Seinfeld. Everybody was equally wacky. And It's Always Sunny seems to be similar just with a slightly different group of kids.
posted by I-baLL at 11:57 AM on July 9, 2014


Seinfeld actually started off the first several seasons in the traditional American sitcom way, with a bland/normal anchor character that the audience could identify with, with a supporting cast that was zany. It was over time that they started to play up Jerry's idiosyncrasies and the whole cast got to be despicable human beings.
posted by prodigalsun at 12:07 PM on July 9, 2014


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