Besides a common language, British and Americans have much in common, perhaps more than ever in their histories. Since World War II, the two nations have, for the most part, seen their interests as intertwined. They were founding members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and were especially close allies during the Cold War. In the past three decades, Great Britain has joined the United States in several military actions around the world, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the past decades.
Beyond these concerns, the two nations share much in terms of popular culture. American music and films are ubiquitous in Great Britain, and there have been a series of musical "British Invasions" in the 1960s, 80s, and 90s. Hit British television shows are as popular in the United States as in their country of origin, and vice versa. Some American television institutions (The Office, for example) are Americanized versions of British programs.
The NBA (National Basketball Association) and NFL (National Football League) are very popular in Britain, and English Premier League football has been embraced enthusiastically by millions of American fans. In recent years, both countries have experienced political turmoil and the rise of populist politics, but both peoples share a fundamental, if sometimes problematic, commitment to democratic government and culture.