I haven't watched this show and from what I've heard about it, and the clips played from it, on Opie & Anthony I probably won't. The way they shoehorn in references to the year they're in is appalling and very jarring. I must've heard about 2 dozen clips from this show and the examples given to that. Where in the middle of a serious conversation somebody will have to interject about how much they need to be home to watch a certain TV show that stars a certain so-and-so, or about going to see a broadway show that hasn't been on in over 20yrs, or about how hot Farrah Fawcett is as a way to remind us about what's going on in that year...as if the goofy clothes, cars and other things will let us forget that he's in the '70s. Like, "You've ever seen Hawaii 5-O? You know with Jack Lords? Heh Heh...'Book 'em Dan-O'." Just randomly thrown in. Yech!! I don't sit here going..."You've ever seen Boston Legal? You know, with William Shatner and James Spader?...Heh Heh...'Denny Crane!'."
I think you might be judging something on an unfair sampling (after all, Opie and Anthony are prolly pulling these clips solely so they can have a comedy bit....). Those references make up such a tiny part of the series that I haven't noticed them much, and--let's be honest--any backwards time travel story does require references to that past; I mean, look at the original BACK TO THE FUTURE.
Now that I've seen a half dozen episodes, I gotta say I like it better than it may have come off in the episode we just released. It's not good enough for me to recommend it over ELEVENTH HOUR, and I still worry that the Michael Imperioli character will end up becoming the avatar of David Kelly wackiness...but it is definitely worthwhile.
(and I'm very curious to see how they handle the episode in the British series that tackles Soccer Hooliganism, since that is something we here in America haven't had to deal with)
One of the things that is driving me nuts about the American version, and this goes against what you guys said about Eleventh Hour, is that they have lifted every single plot from the British version so far. I will admit they have put some nice spins on them, but having watched both seasons of the British show, I want to see something different.
I wouldn't worry so much about Kelley in this show. I think he's exec in name only. He owns the American rights, but his original pilot, featuring Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt, was incredibly lame.
The young nudist hippie chick who lives down the hall simply replaces the bartender in the British version. The cops don't drink as much in this series as they do the other, so the bartender had to be retooled. I love how she refers to him as "2B." Not only is that his apartment number, but that's the question he must be asking himself, "2B or not 2B in 1973?"