TV Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US  

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List Rules 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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Office Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer 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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright 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

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky 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) 4 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
All in the Family Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner Adaptation of UK series Till Death Us Do Part (1965 - 1968).
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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Veep is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale Adaptation of UK series The Thick of It (2005 - 2012). Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Sanford and Son Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson, LaWanda Page 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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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell Adaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012). The Killing is an American crime drama television series that premiered on April 3, 2011, on AMC, based on the Danish television series Forbrydelsen. The American version was developed by Veena ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Adaptation of Israeli series Hatufim (2010 - present). Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Three's Company John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers 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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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Wilfred Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann Adaptation of the Australian series Wilfred (2007 - 2010). Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost, David J. Fielding Adaptation of Japanese series Ky?ry? Sentai Zyuranger (1992 - 1993). Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live action children's television series that premiered on August 28, 1993, on the Fox Kids weekday afternoon block. The show is about a group of ...more

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Skins Sofia Black D'Elia, Daniel Flaherty, Eleanor Zichy Adaptation of UK series Skins (2007 - 2013). Skins is an American teen drama that premiered on January 17, 2011, on MTV in the United States. It is a remake of the original UK show of the same name. As with the UK series, the American ...more

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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Queer as Folk Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison 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 Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell Based on UK series of the same name. The Tomorrow People is an American science fiction television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, and Julie Plec that aired on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. ...more

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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Ugly Betty America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana Adaptation of Colombian series Yo soy Betty, la fea (1999 - 2001). Ugly Betty is an American comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which premiered on ABC on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. The series revolves around the ...more

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The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added The Inbetweeners Mark L. Young, Joey Pollari Based on the UK series of the same name The Inbetweeners is an American sitcom developed by Brad Copeland for MTV. The show stars Joey Pollari, Bubba Lewis, Mark L. Young, Zack Pearlman, Alex Frnka and Brett Gelman. The show is a ...more

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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
In Treatment Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes Adaptation of Israli series BeTipul  (2005). In Treatment is an American HBO drama, produced and developed by Rodrigo Garcia, about a psychologist, 50-something Dr. Paul Weston, and his weekly sessions with patients, as well as those with ...more

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Getting On is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Getting On Laurie Metcalf^! Alex Borstein^! Niecy Nash Adaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012). Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same name, and developed by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The series premiered on HBO on November 24, ...more

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Kath & Kim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Kath & Kim Selma Blair, Molly Shannon, John Michael Higgins Based on the Australian series of the same name. Kath & Kim is an American version of the Australian television comedy series of the same name starring Selma Blair and Molly Shannon. The series premiered on NBC on October 9, 2008. The ...more

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The Slap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
The Slap Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto, Uma Thurman Adaptation of Australian series The Slap (2011). The Slap is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on ABC1 from 6 October to 24 November 2011. The series is based on The Slap, a 2008 multi-award winning novel by ...more

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Too Close for Comfort is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Too Close for Comfort Ted Knight, Nancy Dussault, Jim J. Bullock Based on UK series Keep It In The Family. Too Close for Comfort is an American television sitcom which ran on the ABC network from November 11, 1980-May 5, 1983 and in first-run syndication from April 7, 1984-February 7, 1987. It was ...more

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Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Dangerous Women Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz Based on Australian series Prisoner CellBlock-H Dangerous Women is a syndicated nighttime American soap opera about a group of women who served time in prison together. It was created and written by Reg Watson and produced by Reg Grundy ...more

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy Adaptation of UK series Life on Mars (2006 - 2007). Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series ...more

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Viva Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Viva Laughlin Mädchen Amick, Eric Winter, Carter Jenkins Based on UK series Blackpool. Viva Laughlin is an American musical comedy-drama series adapted by Bob Lowry and Peter Bowker from the popular BBC British serial, Blackpool, and taking its name from the latter program's ...more

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Prime Suspect Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Rodriguez Adaptation of UK series Prime Suspect (1991 - 2006). Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC on September 22, 2011. It stars Maria Bello as Detective Jane Timoney. The series is a ...more

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Stand By Your Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Stand By Your Man Rosie O'Donnell, Melissa Gilbert, Miriam Flynn Based on UK series Birds of a Feather. Stand by Your Man is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from April 5, 1992, until May 17, 1992. The series was created by Nancy Steen and Neil Thompson, who also wrote some of the episodes. It ...more

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Amanda's is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Amanda's Jerry Stiller, Bea Arthur, Kevin McCarthy Based on UK Series Fawlty Towers Amanda's is an American sitcom inspired by the 1970s British sitcom Fawlty Towers. Amanda's aired on ABC from 10 February 1983 to 26 May 1983 on Thursday nights at 8:30. Beatrice Arthur starred ...more

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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Eleventh Hour Rufus Sewell^! Marley Shelton^! Omar Benson Miller Based on the UK series of the same name Eleventh Hour is an American science-based drama television series, which is based on the 2006 British series of the same name. The series originally ran on CBS from October 9, 2008 to April 2, ...more

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The Lucie Arnaz Show is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added The Lucie Arnaz Show Lucie Arnaz Based on UK series Agony. The Lucie Arnaz Show is an American sitcom television series that aired from April 2 until June 11, 1985.

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Cracker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Cracker Josh Hartnett, R. Lee Ermey, Angela Featherstone Based on UK series of the same name.
  Cracker is an American crime drama series produced by Granada Entertainment for ABC and based upon the British television crime drama of the same name created by Jimmy McGovern. An innovative ...more

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Men Behaving Badly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Men Behaving Badly Rob Schneider, Justine Bateman, Kristin Bauer van Straten Adaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998). Men Behaving Badly is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996 to 1997. It serves as a transatlantic equivalent to the earlier British sitcom of the same name.

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Cold Feet is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added Cold Feet Alicia Coppola, Jean Louisa Kelly, Dina Spybey Based on UK series of the same name. Cold Feet is an American television series produced by Kerry Ehrin Productions and Granada Entertainment USA for NBC. Based on the British TV series of the same name, the series follows three ...more

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Coupling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Coupling Julie Benz, Lindsay Price, Rena Sofer Adaptation of UK series Coupling (2000 - 2004). Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which aired on NBC.

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Payne is listed (or ranked) 34 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). Payne is an American television series, patterned after the British program Fawlty Towers. It starred American actor John Larroquette, who portrayed assistant district attorney Dan Fielding on ...more

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Worst Week is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Worst Week Kyle Bornheimer, Erinn Hayes, Nancy Lenehan Adaptation of UK series The Worst Week of My Life (2004 - 2006). Worst Week is an American sitcom which originally aired on CBS from September 22, 2008 to June 6, 2009. The series was based on the British sitcom The Worst Week of My Life. The show was adapted ...more

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Gracepoint is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Gracepoint Nick Nolte, David Tennant, Jessica Lucas Adaptation of UK series Broadchurch (2013 - present). Gracepoint is an American crime drama television series created by Chris Chibnall. It is a remake of Chibnall's UK drama series Broadchurch, and also stars that series' lead, David Tennant, ...more