Remakes 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
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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright
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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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All in the Family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Sanford and Son is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell
Adaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012). This show is an American 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 Sud and ...more

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus
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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VR Troopers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Sarah Joy Brown, Kerrigan Mahan, Wendee Lee
VR Troopers is a syndicated live action superhero television series produced and distributed by Saban Entertainment from 1994 to 1996. The show tried to profit from the fascination with virtual ...more

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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Nick Cannon
The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more

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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez
The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey
Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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Three's Company is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Stand By Your Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added 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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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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Kath & Kim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added 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 Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Getting On is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
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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The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US
ColinBoddy added 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