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Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China.
"Thanks to the advent of Chinese streaming services like Sohu and Youku, it’s easier than ever for Chinese fans to watch their favorite foreign TV shows.
While pirated versions have been available online for years, lately Western content providers have struck deals with Chinese platforms to allow legal distribution of high-quality, subtitled episodes, resulting in a big jump in viewership".
The shows covered in the article are (1) House of Cards, (2) Big Bang Theory, (3) Sherlock and (4) Gossip Girl.
I am continuously surprised that "Big Bang Theory" is such a hit in the US. So it is not that surprising that it would be a hit in China where education is so much more valued. As a real life retired nerd who was in Grad School studying Applied Math and Statistics from 1970 to 1973, I thought at first that this show would only last one season and nobody would watch it. Boy was I wrong!
I am also a little surprised that "Sherlock" is a bigger hit than "Elementary". It maybe an availability issue. I have one season DVD set of each show but my "Sherlock" set was purchased at one of the stores in the Chinese Mall we have in Quincy Massachusetts. The "Sherlock" DVD set has a cover with some Chinese characters and the DVDs themselves have Chinese subtitles.
Read Michael Hurwitz's entire article at this link:
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