But maybe we should just learn to be grateful when a show produced by our American cousins reaches these shores unedited and in a decent time-slot?
Not all Yank shows have been so lucky - here's a few poor unfortunates that were shunted from slot-to-slot, from channel-to-channel and (in some cases) dropped altogether.
It's a crime that a TV drama as masterful as Breaking Bad never found a home on UK television. Early episodes aired sporadically on 5USA and FX - now FOX - but both channels eventually gave Walter White the old heave-ho.
Thank goodness then for Netflix, which - as the show's exclusive UK home - made episodes available to subscribers mere hours after US transmission.
Angel was always pitched as a more adult spinoff from Buffy so quite why Channel 4 thought the early evening was a suitable slot for the David Boreanaz drama is anyone's guess.
Cut to ribbons to fit pre-watershed regulations, then shunted to a graveyard slot, Angel was soon dropped altogether.
The exploits of the Braverman clan - by turns hilarious, heartwarming and tearjerking - have aired for five seasons on NBC in the US, but Parenthood is currently without a broadcaster in the UK.
5* previously held the rights, but put the show on hiatus midway through its second season and, when it returned to UK screens, Parenthood was demoted from primetime to a daytime slot. Yikes.
Poor Neal Caffrey - Matt Bomer's charming con-man has been bounced around the schedules like a pinball.
White Collar got its UK debut on Sky Living but when it opted out of picking up more episodes, it was Alibi who stepped up to air the second and third season.
But last year, Alibi also cut ties and the show was cast adrift a second time, robbing UK Collar fans of their chance to see future seasons.
Sterling Archer's mission to infiltrate the UK has gone poorly. Archer originally aired on 5* and while scheduling was a little haphazard, the spy spoof clung to a slot around 10pm or 11pm for its first three seasons.
No such luck for season four. Shifted to sister channel 5USA after two episodes, Archer aired on a different day each week and in the early hours of the morning. Shabby treatment for ISIS's top operative.
Were you a fan of these five shows? Which other US shows deserved a better shot at UK success? Share your thoughts below!