Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US TV Programs

Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US

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List Criteria: 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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    Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer Adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003).

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    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright Adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990).

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

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    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner Adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1965 - 1968).

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale Adaptation of UK series The Thick of It (2005 - 2012).

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    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell Adaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012).

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

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Adaptation of Israeli series Hatufim (2010 - present).

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    Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding Adaptation of Japanese series Ky?ry? Sentai Zyuranger (1992 - 1993).

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

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    Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann Adaptation of the Australian series Wilfred (2007 - 2010).

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

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

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    America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana Adaptation of Colombian series Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999 - 2001).

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    Selma Blair, Molly Shannon, John Michael Higgins Based on the Australian series of the same name.

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    Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell Based on UK series of the same name.

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    Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz Based on Australian series Prisoner CellBlock-H

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    Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman Adaptation of Australian series The Slap (2011).

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    Mädchen Amick, Eric Winter, Carter Jenkins Based on UK series Blackpool.

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    Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes Adaptation of Israli series BeTipul  (2005).

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    Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash Adaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012).

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    Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock Based on UK series Keep It In The Family.

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

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    Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez Adaptation of UK series Prime Suspect (1991 - 2006).

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    The Lucie Arnaz Show Lucie Arnaz Based on UK series Agony.

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    Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Gilbert, Miriam Flynn Based on UK series Birds of a Feather.

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    Amanda's Jerry Stiller, Bea Arthur, Kevin McCarthy Based on UK Series Fawlty Towers

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    Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton, Omar Benson Miller Based on the UK series of the same name

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    Cracker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US

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    Cracker Josh Hartnett, R. Lee Ermey, Angela Featherstone Based on UK series of the same name. 

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    Rob Schneider, Justine Bateman, Kristin Bauer van Straten Adaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998).

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    Cold Feet Alicia Coppola, Jean Louisa Kelly, Dina Spybey Based on UK series of the same name.

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    Julie Benz, Lindsay Price, Rena Sofer Adaptation of UK series Coupling (2000 - 2004).

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    Payne is listed (or ranked) 33 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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    Kyle Bornheimer, Erinn Hayes, Nancy Lenehan Adaptation of UK series The Worst Week of My Life (2004 - 2006).

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

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    The Inbetweeners Mark L. Young, Joey Pollari Based on the UK series of the same name

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