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Old 07-28-2014, 08:09 AM   #1
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Welcome to Sweden - series thread

Anyone watching this? Yeah it's kind of dumb, but I like fish out of water stories and it's made me laugh. That's all I ask of a sitcom.

One thing I'm surprised....no visits to Ikea yet?
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:54 AM   #2
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I recorded it. I watched less than 10 minutes and deleted it. It just wasn't for me.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:05 AM   #3
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Anyone watching this? Yeah it's kind of dumb, but I like fish out of water stories and it's made me laugh. That's all I ask of a sitcom.

One thing I'm surprised....no visits to Ikea yet?
I watched the first and third episodes. For some reason the 2nd one didn't get recorded.

It's silly, but I like it. I've been to Sweden, know people from there, and have family living in Norway, so maybe that's why I like it.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #4
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I've watched three episodes. It is very different from anything else on TV so that makes it intriguing. I looked it up and found that it is a popular show in Sweden. It will be interesting to see how it does here.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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I said this in another thread and will post it here too.

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I quit watching the Sweden show like 10 minutes into the second episode. Call me a lazy American, or whatever, but I have zero interest in watching a show with subtitles. Probably a big reason I gave up on Lillyhammer on Netflix too. I have so much stuff in my backlog. I don't mind dumping a show for something as small as subtitles.

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I like Lillyhammer even with the subtitles.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:01 AM   #7
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I said this in another thread and will post it here too.
You are a lazy American.

Hey, he asked us to call him one.

Adding: I sort of like it. It is different and casual. I wonder though about the cultural accuracy. IKEA sells recliners yet the son was amazed at a recliner.

I have a good friend from Sweden. We haven't talked about the show yet.
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Everyone probably realizes this but...
The main character is Amy Poehler's brother and the story is (roughly) based on his real life experience of moving to Sweden with his GF.
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #9
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Everyone probably realizes this but...
The main character is Amy Poehler's brother and the story is (roughly) based on his real life experience of moving to Sweden with his GF.
I knew he was her brother (he looks like her too), but I didn't realize it was based on real life experience. Interesting.

I also didn't realize that it's on in Sweden. I wonder if they have the subs reversed and the English is subtitled
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:39 PM   #10
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So far I am liking the show. My wife doesn't much care for it, but I think she has missed some of the humor because she is multi-tasking when there are subtitles on screen.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:00 PM   #11
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It's a solid "Eh" for me so far.

I was watching a recorded show from about three weeks ago over the weekend, and happened to see a 30 second spot for it, so I grabbed them off of on demand.

I thought it was going to be a show starring Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:03 PM   #12
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I also didn't realize that it's on in Sweden. I wonder if they have the subs reversed and the English is subtitled
Yes, they do
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:51 PM   #13
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I like the show-but does anyone else find the editing distracting?

The quick cuts to commercial-sometimes in the middle of a thought or a sentence or a flashback are really annoying!
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Wow, that's really sad that someone won't watch it because it has subtitles. Though, slightly hypocritically, the huge # of subtitles did make me wonder what other shows have aired in the U.S. (recently?) that had a lot of subtitles.. I suspect none, because of that same kind of sentiment.

Yeah, it's weird. I haven't looked on imdb, but I get the impression this is COMPLETELY a Swedish production, and just happens to be being run here? (I have no idea if "Motive", a Canadian show, is co-produced by ABC.)

It's not good, but it's vaguely funny..

The guy (I know he's Poehler's brother) looks like a younger Greg Kinnear.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:05 AM   #15
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I also didn't realize that it's on in Sweden. I wonder if they have the subs reversed and the English is subtitled
I was reading about this over the weekend.
Apparently the show is the number one show in Sweden.

I like the show and it's nice summer fare.

And I did laugh at the photo Aubrey Plaza sent Bruce.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:01 AM   #16
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I like the show-but does anyone else find the editing distracting?

The quick cuts to commercial-sometimes in the middle of a thought or a sentence or a flashback are really annoying!
My son noticed this as well, especially the cuts to commercial. I wonder if it's because the show is edited for Swedish TV and they don't do ads quite the same way (if at all).
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Wow, that's really sad that someone won't watch it because it has subtitles. Though, slightly hypocritically, the huge # of subtitles did make me wonder what other shows have aired in the U.S. (recently?) that had a lot of subtitles.. I suspect none, because of that same kind of sentiment.
Honey Boo-Boo is loaded with subtitles. Seriously.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:42 PM   #18
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I have many connections to Sweden, and I can relate to the main character's situation, but this show is just kind of weird to me. It's amusing, but it's just not that funny. Some of the humor would only be funny to people familiar with Swedish customs. I've only watched the first two episodes, so hopefully it gets better.

The actress that plays the wife is on an excellent Swedish comedy called Solsidan. It's so much better than Welcome to Sweden, but without American actors, star cameos, or any English dialog.
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I have many connections to Sweden, and I can relate to the main character's situation, but this show is just kind of weird to me. It's amusing, but it's just not that funny. Some of the humor would only be funny to people familiar with Swedish customs. I've only watched the first two episodes, so hopefully it gets better.

The actress that plays the wife is on an excellent Swedish comedy called Solsidan. It's so much better than Welcome to Sweden, but without American actors, star cameos, or any English dialog.
So let me ask you (and I'll spoilerize in case some folks here aren't caught up)

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Do Swedes not talk to each other in the hallways?


I find it kind of fun to learn about the Swedish customs. If I ever go there, I'll know how to act!
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My son noticed this as well, especially the cuts to commercial. I wonder if it's because the show is edited for Swedish TV and they don't do ads quite the same way (if at all).
I wondered that too-but do they have to cut in these awkward places?
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I wondered that too-but do they have to cut in these awkward places?
I read that in Sweden they only have one commercial break in a 30 minute show, so when they show it here, they make the extra cuts... wherever.

I have some really good friends from Sweden (still in Sweden). I need to ask them what they know about it.
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Bummer, so they are 'hacked up'.. Not that I care enough to wait for it on DVD or anything.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:56 AM   #23
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Bummer, so they are 'hacked up'.. Not that I care enough to wait for it on DVD or anything.
I wouldn't say "hacked up", just some odd commercial cuts. It's certainly not as bad as Hulu used to do commercial cuts, like in the middle of someone's speech.
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So let me ask you (and I'll spoilerize in case some folks here aren't caught up)

Spoiler:
Do Swedes not talk to each other in the hallways?


I find it kind of fun to learn about the Swedish customs. If I ever go there, I'll know how to act!
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It's probably a stereotype that Swedish big city apartment dwellers aren't very neighborly, and that Americans are very friendly and outgoing, so they exaggerated those two things for effect. It was kind of a funny bit, but in reality I suspect his Swedish neighbors would have been very friendly to him.

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Wow, that's really sad that someone won't watch it because it has subtitles.
Well, as sad as it may be, I try to avoid subtitles too and have been known not to watch shows because of them.

90% of my TV viewing is done in the evening when I'm also on my laptop (75% surfing/25% working). I tend to listen to TV more than watch it. Hard to do that when there's subtitles.
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I don't care about subtitles - but I won't watch a show that looks like it was recorded with smartphones.
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I wouldn't say "hacked up", just some odd commercial cuts.
Sorry, I wasn't clear. I just meant that if they only have one commercial break in Sweden, they probably have much more SHOW time per half hour.. Thus the U.S. runs are likely cut for _time_. I can deal with the "put a commercial in a weird place" issue.
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Old 08-01-2014, 08:27 AM   #28
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I gave up after this week's episode. Bruce, the lead character, is just annoying rather than being funny.
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Last night's episode was like a 180 degree turn. And not for the better.

The first 2-3 eps had him as a "fish out of water", playing a befuddled but lovable goof. He was happy, free-spirited and positive in his approach to his new life. It wasn't A+ sitcom material, but it was a watchable summer show.

Last night?... Suddenly he's the ugly American. He insults the barrista, he insults the job-finding guy, and pretty much insulted most Swedes every chance he got. He forgot he was "out of money"? He's a high-powered accountant, yet he suddenly discovers "it's expensive to be unemployed".

{paraphrasing} "I've driven in LA & NYC since I was 16, surely I can drive here."

Just every cliche that screams Ugly American was pulled from the writer's book.

I have no idea what happened, but overnight this show went from cute to appallingly bad. I'll give it one more, because I find his wife incredibly interesting to watch.
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I sort of see where you're going, but I thought he was mostly just really amused/confused that the barista wouldn't recognize him.
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