The Best American Versions of British Shows

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List Criteria: Vote up the best US series that were originally adaptations or remakes of UK shows.

This list contains information on the best American versions of British shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Over the years, several great U.S shows have been developed from hit UK television. Many of the greatest adapted UK TV shows are reality competitions, but many U.S. versions of UK shows are hilarious comedies.

What kinds of wonderful television programming will you find on this best American versions of British shows list? The Office appears near the top of this list. This hilarious U.S. sitcom was created by Ricky Gervais, who also starred in the original UK version. House of Cards is another good U.S. series adapted from a British show.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was very popular in the U.S. after its initial success in the UK. Other good American versions of UK shows include Dancing with the Stars, Undercover Boss, and Kitchen Nightmares.

Which adapted British series do you think are the greatest? Vote the best shows up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.
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    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer 2005 adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003)

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    Drew Carey, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles 1998 adaptation of UK series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988 - 1999)

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    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright 2013 adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990)

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    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky 2011 adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013)

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    Gordon Ramsay 2007 adaptation of UK series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (2004 - 2014)

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    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page 1972 adaptation of UK series Steptoe and Son (1962 - 1974)

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner 1971 adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1972 - 1975)

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    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried 2005 adaptation of UK series Hell's Kitchen (2004 - 2009)

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    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer 1999 adaptation of UK series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998 - 2014)

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    Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest 2002 adaptation of UK series Pop Idol (2001 - 2003)

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    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 1977 adaptation of UK series Man About the House (1973 - 1976)

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    Mark Keller 2009 adaptation of UK series Undercover Boss (2009 - present)

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    The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

    The Night Of Riz Ahmed, John Turturro 2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)

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    Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington 2011 adaptation of UK series Being Human (2008 - 2010)

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    2005 adaptation of UK series Cash Cab (2005)

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    Bradley Walsh 2001 adaptation of the UK series The Weakest Link (2000 - 2012)

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    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich 2010 adaptation of UK series MasterChef (1990 - present)

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    Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis 2000 adaptation of UK series Changing Rooms (1996 - 2004)

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    Who Do You Think You Are? (US) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

    Who Do You Think You Are? (US) Mocean Melvin 2010 adaptation of UK series Who Do You Think You Are? (2004 - present)

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    Junkyard Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

    Junkyard Wars George Gray, Lisa Rogers, Robert Llewellyn 2001 adaptation of UK series Scrapheap Challenge (1998 - 2010)

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    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus 1987 adaptation of UK Series Antiques Roadshow (1979 - present)

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    Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Carmindy 2003 adaptation of UK series What Not to Wear (2001 - 2007)

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    Nick Nolte, David Tennant, Jessica Lucas 2014 adaptation of UK series Broadchurch (2013 - present)

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    Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison 2000 adaptation of UK series Queer as Folk (1999 - 2000)

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    Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy 2008 adaptation of UK series Life on Mars (2006 - 2007)

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    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli 2005 adaptation of UK series Strictly Come Dancing (2004 - present)

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    Laurie Metcalf^! Alex Borstein^! Niecy Nash 2013 adaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012)

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    2004 adaptation of UK series Wife Swap (2003 - 2009)

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    2008 adaptation of UK series Secret Millionaire (2006 - present)

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    Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton, Omar Benson Miller 2009 adaptation of UK series Eleventh Hour (2006)

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    Sacha Baron Cohen, Buzz Aldrin, Arthur Danto 2003 adaptation of UK series Da Ali G Show (2000)

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    2004 adaptation of UK series Wife Swap (2003 - 2009)

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    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May 2010 adaptation of UK series Top Gear (2002 - present)

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    Matt Lucas, David Walliams, Tom Baker 2008 adaptation of UK series Little Britain (2003 - 2007)

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    Dale Winton, Vanessa Feltz, Julie Goodyear 2005 adaptation of UK series Celebrity Fit Club (2002 - 2006)

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    2005 adaptation of UK series Supernanny (2004 - 2011)

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    Jenni Meno, Tai Babilonia, Jillian Barberie 2006 adaptation of UK series Dancing on Ice (2006 - 2014)

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    Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, L.A. Reid 2011 adaptation of the UK series The X Factor (2004 - present)

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    Catalina Guirado, Peter Andre, Sheila Ferguson 2003 adaptation of UK series I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! (2002 - present)

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    Rob Schneider, Dina Spybey-Waters, Ron Eldard 1996 adaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998)

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    Sofia Black D'Elia, Daniel Flaherty, Eleanor Zichy 2011 adaptation of UK series Skins (2007 - 2013)

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