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TV Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US  

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List Rules Vote up the foreign TV shows remade for American audiences. Scripted series only, no reality shows.

This list includes information on American shows based on foreign shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the best American shows are actually adaptations of foreign series. Some American shows that you might not have known were remakes include dramas, while other US adaptations of foreign shows are comedies. American television will adapt any genre they can get their hands on! Some of the most popular US TV series of all time were actually based on existing international shows.

What series made the cut for this foreign shows that were remade in the US list? Homeland is an award-winning drama for Showtime, but it was actually based on the Israeli series Hatufim which premiered in 2010 and is still airing new episodes. House of Cards is another good American show that is based on a foreign series - the British show of the same name.

There are several great American comedies that are also adaptations of foreign material. All in the Family may seem like an iconic US production, but it was based on the UK series Till Death Us Do Part. Other good shows on this top American adaptations list include The Office, Shameless, and Skins.

Which American show based on a foreign original is your favorite? Vote the best series up to the top of this list and add any other great foreign adaptations that aren't already listed.

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer - Adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003).

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright - Adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990).

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky - Adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013).

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner - Adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1965 - 1968).

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell - Adaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012).

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale - Adaptation of UK series The Thick of It (2005 - 2012).

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend - Adaptation of Israeli series Hatufim (2010 - present).

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page - Adaptation of UK series Steptoe and Son (1962 - 1974).

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding - Adaptation of Japanese series Ky?ry? Sentai Zyuranger (1992 - 1993).

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Skins Sofia Black D'Elia, Daniel Flaherty, Eleanor Zichy - Adaptation of UK series Skins (2007 - 2013).

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Wilfred Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann - Adaptation of the Australian series Wilfred (2007 - 2010).

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Queer as Folk Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison - Adaptation of UK series Queer as Folk (1999 - 2000).

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers - Adaptation of UK series Man About the House (1973 - 1976).

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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Ugly Betty America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana - Adaptation of Colombian series Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999 - 2001).

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The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell - Based on UK series of the same name.

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Kath & Kim is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Kath & Kim Selma Blair, Molly Shannon, John Michael Higgins - Based on the Australian series of the same name.

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Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Dangerous Women Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz - Based on Australian series Prisoner CellBlock-H

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The Slap is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Slap Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman - Adaptation of Australian series The Slap (2011).

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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
In Treatment Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes - Adaptation of Israli series BeTipul  (2005).

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Getting On is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Getting On Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash - Adaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012).

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Viva Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Viva Laughlin M├Ądchen Amick, Eric Winter, Carter Jenkins - Based on UK series Blackpool.

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy - Adaptation of UK series Life on Mars (2006 - 2007).

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Too Close for Comfort Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock - Based on UK series Keep It In The Family.

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Amanda's is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Amanda's Jerry Stiller, Bea Arthur, Kevin McCarthy - Based on UK Series Fawlty Towers

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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Eleventh Hour Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton, Omar Benson Miller - Based on the UK series of the same name

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Stand By Your Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Stand By Your Man Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Gilbert, Miriam Flynn - Based on UK series Birds of a Feather.

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The Lucie Arnaz Show is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Lucie Arnaz Show Lucie Arnaz - Based on UK series Agony.

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Prime Suspect Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez - Adaptation of UK series Prime Suspect (1991 - 2006).

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Worst Week is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Worst Week Kyle Bornheimer, Erinn Hayes, Nancy Lenehan - Adaptation of UK series The Worst Week of My Life (2004 - 2006).

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Payne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Payne Julie Benz, JoBeth Williams, John Larroquette - Adaptation of UK series Fawlty Towers (1975 - 1979).

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Gracepoint is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Gracepoint Nick Nolte, David Tennant, Jessica Lucas - Adaptation of UK series Broadchurch (2013 - present).

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Cracker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Cracker Josh Hartnett, R. Lee Ermey, Angela Featherstone - Based on UK series of the same name. 

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Men Behaving Badly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Men Behaving Badly Rob Schneider, Justine Bateman, Kristin Bauer van Straten - Adaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998).

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Coupling is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Coupling Julie Benz, Lindsay Price, Rena Sofer - Adaptation of UK series Coupling (2000 - 2004).

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Cold Feet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Cold Feet Alicia Coppola, Jean Louisa Kelly, Dina Spybey - Based on UK series of the same name.

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The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Inbetweeners Mark L. Young, Joey Pollari - Based on the UK series of the same name