Ghosts UK, the BBC British sitcom which has inspired Ghosts the CBS American sitcom, debuted its latest Christmas Special yesterday - Happy Christmas to all who celebrate! This original incarnation of the show debuted in 2019 and garnered an American television adaptation on CBS in 2021. Unlike so many other franchises which debut abroad and then garner an American adaptation both Ghosts UK and Ghosts are beloved and celebrated by the fandom for the unique flair, tone, and characters each show brings to the small screen. There are similarities and there are differences, and that's okay!
To keep the holiday cheer going and to celebrate both versions of Ghosts current incarnations Popverse’s Ashley V. Robinson has created a handy-dandy breakdown of the key details maintained and changed when Ghosts crossed the pond from England to the United States of America. You may be surprised to see how close some of the eponymous Ghosts are and how different others are. In transformation both Ghosts shows have retained spirits with traits unique to their geography and history while never losing sight of the fact they are both comedies first!
Watch the full video for the finer points of Scout Leader versus Adventure Adventure Club leaders, Viking versus Romantic Poet, Churchill jokes versus Hamilton jokes, and exactly why these distinctions are your ticket to watching both Ghosts and Ghosts UK. If you're new to the Ghosts fandom you may even discover the roots of who could shape up to be your favourite character! Remember, from both Ashley and Popverse Deputy Editor, Tiffany Babb: the correct answer is The Captain!
Ghosts UK stars: Charlotte Ritchie (Alison), Kiell Smith-Byone (Mike), Ben Willbond (The Captain), Lolly Adefope (Kitty), Mathew Baynton (Thomas), Simon Farnaby (Julian), Martha Howe-Douglas (Lady Button), Jim Howick (Pat), Laurence Rickard (Robin), and more. The first season is available to stream now on Paramount+.
Ghosts has become a phenomenon in the UK, America, and around the world. With CBS's third season of Ghosts underway, get to know your favorite apparitions with a guide to how the ghosts of Ghosts died, where to watch both Ghosts shows, a guide to the casts of Ghosts, why BBC's Ghosts ended, and learn about the other Ghosts the original show planned but never used. We even have some thoughts on why the American Ghosts has its own worthy charms.