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.
1 69 17 The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer 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
2 48 14 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady 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
3 38 13 Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky 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
4 40 15 House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright 2013 adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990) House of Cards is an 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 novel ...more
5 23 10 Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsay 2007 adaptation of UK series Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (2004 - 2014) Kitchen Nightmares (Fox, 2007) is an American reality television series based on the British show. Chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an ...more
6 23 11 Hell's Kitchen Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried 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
7 24 12 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US) Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer 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
8 20 10 Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page 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
9 23 13 All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner 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
10 19 10 Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 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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12 16 8 MasterChef Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Joe Bastianich 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
13 26 18 American Idol Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest 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
14 18 12 Being Human Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington 2011 adaptation of UK series Being Human (2008 - 2010) Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror ...more
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16 15 9 Dancing with the Stars Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli 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
17 7 1 The Night Of Riz Ahmed, John Turturro
2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)
2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)