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.
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation 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
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, MockumentaryAdaptation of UK series The Office (2001 - 2003).The Office (NBC, 2005) is an American mockumentary sitcom television series developed by Greg... more
Genres (Tv): Black comedyAdaptation of the Australian series Wilfred (2007 - 2010).Wilfred (FX, 2011) is an Australian-American comedy television series developed by David... more
Genres (Tv): Comedy, DramaAdaptation of UK series Shameless (2004 - 2013).Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more
Genres (Tv): Suspense, Drama, ThrillerAdaptation of Israeli series Hatufim (2010 - present).Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard... more
Genres (Tv): Political satire, ComedyAdaptation of UK series The Thick of It (2005 - 2012).Veep (HBO, 2012) is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando... more
Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, ComedyAdaptation of UK series Skins (2007 - 2013).
Genres (Tv): Political drama, Political thrillerAdaptation of UK series House of Cards (1990).House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by... more
Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, ActionAdaptation of UK series Prime Suspect (1991 - 2006).Prime Suspect is an American police procedural television drama series that premiered on NBC... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation 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
Genres (Tv): Adventure film, ActionAdaptation of Japanese series Ky?ry? Sentai Zyuranger (1992 - 1993).Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is an American live action children's television series that... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation of UK series Men Behaving Badly (1992 - 1998).
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation of UK series Coupling (2000 - 2004).Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyBased on the UK series of the same nameThe Inbetweeners is an American sitcom developed by Brad Copeland for MTV. The show stars Joey... more
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation of UK series Getting On (2009 - 2012).Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same... more
Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure filmAdaptation 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
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyBased 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
Genres (Tv): Sitcom, ComedyAdaptation 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
Genres (Tv): Crime drama, MysteryAdaptation of Danish series Forbrydelsen (2007 - 2012).The Killing (AMC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Veena Sud, based on... more
Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Drama, Comedy-dramaAdaptation 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
The HexerDaniel Olbrychski, Michał Żebrowski
Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, FantasyWiedźmin is a 2002 fantasy television series. 13 episodes were made. The story is based on the... more
Genres (Tv): Special Interest, DocumentaryAntiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various... more
Genres (Tv): Reality televisionBig Brother is the British version of the international reality television franchise Big... more
The Good DoctorFreddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas
Genres (Tv): Medical, DramaThe Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013... more
Genres (Tv): Children's television series, Science FictionVR Troopers is a syndicated live action superhero television series produced and distributed... more