Theater critic Tom Hanks is the first to agree.
“It’s a perfect combination of an American classic and a British show, with a bit of everything,” Hanks told Entertainment Weekly.
“The English language is just so expansive and so full of stories.
The characters have just so much charm, and the humor is just infectious.
I think it’s going to be a great TV show.”
The series centers around the titular American college professor who is the subject of a popular British sitcom and his professor’s daughter, played by American actress Amy Ryan.
“They’re not really in a relationship.
They’re not in love,” Ryan said of the characters in her chat with the New York Times.
“We really get to see them as two different people.
It’s funny because they’re so different, but it’s just like, Whoa, whoa, we’ve gotta work on this.”
“The English Language” has become one of the most watched TV shows of the year and has garnered critical acclaim.
“I don’t know what it’s like for someone to watch something like this, but to see that they are able to relate to it is just really inspiring,” Ryan told the Times.
“I just feel like I’m on the precipice of something really special,” Ryan continued.
“In my head, I have a sense that I am on the brink of something great.”
Ryan’s mother, the writer and director of the HBO show, is a native English speaker and, like many American-born actors, has embraced the show.
“[Her mother] is like, ‘Oh, I can’t believe you’re a fan of this show, you should watch it.
It was so good.
I hope you like it,'” Ryan said.
Ryan said she and her mother have been in touch with the show’s creators to make sure it is not a gimmick, but she also wants to show her mother she is proud of her.
“She’s been really supportive of the show,” Ryan added.
“That’s the main thing, it’s not a gimmicky thing.
She has to be proud of the fact that it’s a British-American show.”