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The Best American Versions of British Shows

Updated December 17, 2019 1.6k votes 255 voters 6.1k views44 items

List RulesVote 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
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    2005 adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003)

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    Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

    1998 adaptation of UK series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1988 - 1999)
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    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    2011 adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013)
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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

    2013 adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990)

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    Kitchen Nightmares is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Kitchen Nightmares

    Gordon Ramsay

    Premiered2007

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

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    Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Hell's Kitchen

    Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic

    Premiered2005

    2005 adaptation of UK series Hell's Kitchen (2004 - 2009)

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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (US)

    Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews

    Premiered1999

    1999 adaptation of UK series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998 - 2014)

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    Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    1977 adaptation of UK series Man About the House (1973 - 1976)

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    Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
    2005 adaptation of UK series Cash Cab (2005)
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    MasterChef is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    MasterChef

    Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot

    Premiered2010

    2010 adaptation of UK series MasterChef (1990 - present)

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

    Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey

    Premiered2008

    2011 adaptation of UK series Being Human (2008 - 2010)
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    Undercover Boss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Undercover Boss

    Mark Keller

    Premiered2010

    2009 adaptation of UK series Undercover Boss (2009 - present)
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    Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Queer as Folk

    Gale Harold, Hal Sparks

    Premiered2000

    2000 adaptation of UK series Queer as Folk (1999 - 2000)

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    Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    1972 adaptation of UK series Steptoe and Son (1962 - 1974)

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    Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Antiques Roadshow

    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon

    Premiered1979

    1987 adaptation of UK Series Antiques Roadshow (1979 - present)
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    All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    1971 adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1972 - 1975)
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    Who Do You Think You Are? (US) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Who Do You Think You Are? (US)

    Mocean Melvin

    Premiered2010

    2010 adaptation of UK series Who Do You Think You Are? (2004 - present)
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    The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    The Weakest Link

    Bradley Walsh

    Premiered2000

    2001 adaptation of the UK series The Weakest Link (2000 - 2012)
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    What Not to Wear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    What Not to Wear

    Stacy London, Clinton Kelly

    Premiered2003

    2003 adaptation of UK series What Not to Wear (2001 - 2007)
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    The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    The Night Of

    Riz Ahmed, John Turturro

    Premiered2016

    2016 adaptation of UK series Criminal Justice (2016)

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    Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Dancing with the Stars

    Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba

    Premiered2005

    2005 adaptation of UK series Strictly Come Dancing (2004 - present)

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    Trading Spaces is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    Trading Spaces

    Genevieve Gorder, Ty Pennington

    Premiered2000

    2000 adaptation of UK series Changing Rooms (1996 - 2004)
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    Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    The X Factor (U.S.) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
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    The X Factor (U.S.)

    Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato

    Premiered2011

    2011 adaptation of the UK series The X Factor (2004 - present)
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    Trading Spouses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best American Versions of British Shows
    2004 adaptation of UK series Wife Swap (2003 - 2009)
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