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The Best American Versions of British Shows 

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Updated December 17, 2019 1.4k votes 247 voters 6k 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
Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski

Premiered: 2005

2005 adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003) The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg Daniels, based on the 2001 British series. Led by manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell), the office ...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: 1998

1998 adaptation of UK series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988 - 1999) Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 1998-2207, The CW, 2013) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

2011 adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013) Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

Premiered: 2013

2013 adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990) House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by Beau Willimon, and an adaptation of the BBC mini-series based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. ...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

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

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

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Who Wants to Be a Millio... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer

Premiered: 1999

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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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Premiered: 2005

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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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

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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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Premiered: 2002

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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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows

Premiered: 2005

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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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Premiered: 2008

2011 adaptation of UK series Being Human (2008 - 2010) Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created and written by Toby Whithouse. The series centers around various types of supernatural beings who ...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

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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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Premiered: 2005

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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MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich

Premiered: 2010

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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Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Mark Keller

Premiered: 2010

2009 adaptation of UK series Undercover Boss (2009 - present) Undercover Boss (CBS, 2009) is an American reality television series, based on the British series of the same name. Each episode depicts a person who has an upper-management position at a major ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison

Premiered: 2000

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) 18 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Bradley Walsh

Premiered: 2000

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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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

Premiered: 1979

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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

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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White Van Man is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Georgia Moffett, Will Mellor, Clive Mantle

Premiered: 2011

White Van Man was a British sitcom that was created and was written by Adrian Poynton and first broadcast on BBC Three and BBC HD in 2011. It began screening in March 2011, becoming the ...more
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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
The Night Of Riz Ahmed, John Turturro

Premiered: 2016

2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)

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Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Trading Spaces Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington, Paige Davis

Premiered: 2000

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) 24 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
Who Do You Think You Are? (US) Mocean Melvin

Premiered: 2010

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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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

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