I'm rewatching the US version now. I'm about halfway through season 1. I am mostly enjoying it but certainly as a product of it's time. No diversity - this is a very white show. But also the optics of our main storyline.... I mean, we're supposed to be rooting for a 30 year old man and the 17 year old high school student he's sleeping with. I understand it is a reality that young gay men often seek out much older partners, particularly depending on where they live and what they feel their options are. But still...this aspect of the show would not fly today. Also Justin is super fucking irritating. I always felt Randy Harrison was miscast in this role for a number of reasons, and watching it again a decade or so later, I still feel the same way.
Also all the statutory rape stuff aside (what a sentence), it's a little unclear why Brian even likes Justin? Throughout the show all of Brian's other partners are roughly his age - they don't paint him as having some major attraction to twinks or younger men. From a purely superficial view, Justin isn't much to look at. He's insanely overdramatic, in part because of his age, but also just personality. For a love story we're supposed to be invested in, the writers don't do much to make us see why.
Hal Sparks and the guy who plays Ted are probably the best actors on the show, besides Sharon.