If you watch programs like Dirty Jobs or How Do They Do It then from a continental point of view everything industrial in the US and UK seems like lagging 50 years or so behind. Outdated. Probably because your countries have never been flattened, so you're still stuck with the old krap. And with an exception for the financial data centers of course (which tells a lot about a few fundamental economical issues..). Thanks to dA I've learned that in the US power plants don't have desulfurization filters. That's really stone age! (And who are we to thank those filters for? The EU indeed! It's thanks to EU regulations that Scandinavian woods and lakes are no longer dying or already dead from fumes generated in Deutschland and even as far away as Italy). Not to dis your country btw, let's say that you are ahead of us in _other_ things (except that right now I can't come up with any).
Thats what comes from being the innovators behind the Industrial Revolution. We are still using the steam engines produced by Mr Watt in those Dark Satanic Mills. Our humour is way ahead of you continental types......thats pretty damn important.
I hope you don't indent to include Mr Bean in "humor" (I follow my US spell checker as you see..). Blackadder was ok though. The very pinnacle of humor during the last decades was indeed The Office. I couldn't believe what our American friends did with it, the poor sods. But they came up with Duckman and South Park, which are pretty hard to beat in their own respect. My favorite comedian ever has to be Rick Mayall. For some reason the majority over here completely missed out on Alan B'Stard, probably because it was broadcast on Sundays around 5 PM, that was a shame (exactly the same for Duckman btw). As for continental humor: it takes sophistication and a degree of intellect I guess