For a shamelessly unoriginal show, the pilot of Life on Mars was pretty interesting if not for just spotting the difference between 1973 Manchester and 1973 Manhattan. The scenes are not any different, the characters have not been changed and the dialogue is practically the same. Even so, Jason O'Mara plays Sam Tyler well keeping the black leather jacket and red pants. However Lt. Gene Hunt just cant match up to DCI Gene Hunt. Nelson the black pub owner is replaced by an Irish barkeeper it seems. The colour of the 'Hunt Mobile' is now green.
All in all, I doubt the US can do better on this one.