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The Best American Versions of British Shows 

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Updated December 17, 2019 1.3k votes 236 voters 5.7k views 44 items

List Rules 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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 201

Network: Global Television Network, NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Mockumentary, Satire, Romance TV, Romantic comedy, + more

2005 adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003) The Office is an American television comedy series that aired on NBC from March 24, 2005 to May 16, 2013. It is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name. The Office was adapted for ...more

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

1998 adaptation of UK series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988 - 1999) Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, 1998) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles, Wayne ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

2013 adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990) House of Cards is a 2013 American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy

2011 adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013) Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner

Premiered: 1971

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

1971 adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1972 - 1975) All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. In September 1979, a new show, Archie Bunker's Place, ...more

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Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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

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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 141

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Reality Competition, Cooking show, Reality television

2005 adaptation of UK series Hell's Kitchen (2004 - 2009) Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more

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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

1999 adaptation of UK series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998 - 2014) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television quiz show based upon the British program of the same title, which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 for correctly answering a series of ...more

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page

Premiered: 1972

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 135

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

1972 adaptation of UK series Steptoe and Son (1962 - 1974) Sanford and Son is an American sitcom, based on the BBC's Steptoe and Son, that ran on the NBC television network from January 14, 1972, to March 25, 1977. Known for its edgy racial humor, ...more

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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 6

Network: Discovery Channel

Genres (Tv): Game show

2005 adaptation of UK series Cash Cab (2005) Cash Cab (Discovery Channel, 2005) is an American game show hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey that is part of the global Cash Cab franchise that originated in the United Kingdom. Starting ...more
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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cooking show, Reality television

2010 adaptation of UK series MasterChef (1990 - present) MasterChef (Fox, 2010) is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series. A nationwide search for the best home cooks in America where one of 50 hopefuls will ...more

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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 16

Number of Episodes: 292

Network: CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Reality television

2005 adaptation of UK series Strictly Come Dancing (2004 - present) Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 8

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

1977 adaptation of UK series Man About the House (1973 - 1976) Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired from March 15, 1977 to September 18, 1984 on ABC. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House. The story revolves around three single ...more

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 438

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Music, Talent show, Interactive television, Reality television

2002 adaptation of UK series Pop Idol (2001 - 2003) American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more

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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
The Night Of Riz Ahmed, John Turturro

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)

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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Mark Keller

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

2009 adaptation of UK series Undercover Boss (2009 - present) Undercover Boss is an American reality television series, based on the British series of the same name and produced by Studio Lambert in both countries. Each episode depicts a person who has an ...more
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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 83

Network: Showtime, Showcase

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama, Comedy-drama

2000 adaptation of UK series Queer as Folk (1999 - 2000) Queer as Folk is a drama television series. An American–Canadian co-production, the series ran between December 2000 and August 2005 and was produced for Showtime and Showcase by Cowlip ...more

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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Bradley Walsh

Premiered: 2000

Number of Episodes: 79

Genres (Tv): Game show, Reality television

2001 adaptation of the UK series The Weakest Link (2000 - 2012) The Weakest Link is a British television quiz show, mainly broadcast on BBC Two, but also on BBC One. It was devised by Fintan Coyle and Cathy Dunning, and developed for television by the BBC ...more

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What Not to Wear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Carmindy

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 324

Network: TLC

Genres (Tv): Reality television

2003 adaptation of UK series What Not to Wear (2001 - 2007) What Not to Wear was an American makeover reality television series based on the British show of the same name. The program premiered in 2003 and aired on TLC in the United States and Canada. It ...more
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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

Premiered: 1979

Network: BBC One

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Documentary

1987 adaptation of UK Series Antiques Roadshow (1979 - present) Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

Premiered: 2000

Network: Destination America, TLC

Genres (Tv): Reality television, Home improvement

2000 adaptation of UK series Changing Rooms (1996 - 2004) Trading Spaces is an hour-long American television reality program that aired from 2000 to 2008 on the cable channels TLC and Discovery Home. The format of the show was based on the BBC TV ...more
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Who Do You Think You Are... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Who Do You Think You Are? (US) Mocean Melvin

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 27

Genres (Tv): Documentary

2010 adaptation of UK series Who Do You Think You Are? (2004 - present) Who Do You Think You Are? is an American genealogy documentary series that premiered on NBC on March 5, 2010, as one of the replacement shows of The Jay Leno Show. The show is an adaptation of ...more
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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

Premiered: 2019

Network: Paramount Network

Genres (Tv): Reality TV

Wife Swap (Paramount Network, 2019) is an American reality television series that is a revival of the original 2004 series on ABC. Families from the Metro Atlanta area swap the lives of the ...more
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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 42

Network: NBC, The History Channel

Genres (Tv): Special Interest, Comedy, Documentary

2010 adaptation of UK series Top Gear (2002 - present) Top Gear is an American motoring television series, based on the BBC series of the same name. The show's presenters are professional racing driver Tanner Foust, actor and comedian Adam Ferrara, ...more

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