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Foreign Shows That Were Remade in the US

Updated March 13, 2020 1.5k votes 149 voters 3.3k views42 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Sanford and Son1
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    Sanford and Son

    Redd Foxx, Demond Wilson

    Premiered1972

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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...  more

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  • The Office2
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    The Office

    Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Mockumentary

    Adaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003).
    The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg...  more

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  • Wilfred3
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    Wilfred

    Elijah Wood, Jason Gann

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy

    Adaptation of the Australian series Wilfred (2007 - 2010).
    Wilfred (FX, 2011) is an Australian-American comedy television series developed by David...  more

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  • Shameless4
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Adaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013).
    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John...  more

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  • Homeland5
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

    Adaptation of Israeli series Hatufim (2010 - present).
    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard...  more

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  • Veep6
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    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Political satire, Comedy

    Adaptation of UK series The Thick of It (2005 - 2012).
    Veep (HBO, 2012) is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando...  more

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  • Skins7
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    Skins

    Sofia Black D'Elia, Daniel Flaherty

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Drama, Comedy

    Adaptation of UK series Skins (2007 - 2013).
  • House of Cards8
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    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Political thriller

    Adaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990).
    House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by...  more

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  • Prime Suspect9
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    Prime Suspect

    Maria Bello, Aidan Quinn

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action

    Adaptation of UK series Prime Suspect (1991 - 2006).
    Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC...  more

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  • All in the Family10
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    All in the Family

    Carroll O'Connor, Jean Stapleton

    Premiered1971

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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...  more

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  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers11
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    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    Richard Steven Horvitz, David Yost

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Adventure film, Action

    Adaptation of Japanese series Ky?ry? Sentai Zyuranger (1992 - 1993).
    Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live action children's television series that...  more

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  • Men Behaving Badly12
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    Men Behaving Badly

    Rob Schneider, Justine Bateman

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Adaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998).
  • Coupling13
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    Coupling

    Julie Benz, Lindsay Price

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Adaptation of UK series Coupling (2000 - 2004).
    Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which...  more
  • The Inbetweeners14
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    The Inbetweeners

    Mark L. Young, Joey Pollari

    Premiered2012

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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...  more
  • Getting On15
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    Getting On

    Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Adaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012).
    Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same...  more
  • Life on Mars16
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    Life on Mars

    Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film

    Adaptation of UK series Life on Mars (2006 - 2007).
    Life on Mars is a science fiction drama television series which originally aired on ABC from...  more

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  • Kath & Kim17
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    Kath & Kim

    Selma Blair, Molly Shannon

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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...  more

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  • Three's Company18
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    Three's Company

    John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt

    Premiered1977

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    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...  more

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  • The Killing19
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    The Killing

    Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Adaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012).
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  • Queer as Folk20
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    Queer as Folk

    Gale Harold, Hal Sparks

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama, Comedy-drama

    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...  more

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  • The Hexer21
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    The Hexer

    Daniel Olbrychski, Michał Żebrowski

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Fantasy

    Wiedźmin is a 2002 fantasy television series. 13 episodes were made. The story is based on the...  more
  • Antiques Roadshow22
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    Antiques Roadshow

    Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon

    Premiered1979

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest, Documentary

    Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various...  more

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  • Big Brother23
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    Big Brother

    Julie Chen, Phil Proctor

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Big Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big...  more

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  • The Good Doctor24
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013...  more

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  • VR Troopers25
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    VR Troopers

    Sarah Joy Brown, Kerrigan Mahan

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Children's television series, Science Fiction

    VR Troopers is a syndicated live action superhero television series produced and distributed...  more