Comedy

The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series  

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List Rules Vote up the best US comedies based on international series.

Comedies have been a part of tv broadcasting since the beginning - whether in the form of sitcoms, comedy-dramas, or just plain old slapstick, but the United States's entries in this genre are hardly the only ones out there. In fact, there are dozens of amazing television comedies that air in the United States based on TV series created overseas. International comedies have been ported over to the United States for decades, but it isn't always clear if an American comedy has an international origin, and you may be surprised to learn that some of your all-time funniest favorites didn't start in the States.

Everybody loves to laugh, which is how the U.S. has versions of Korean, Japanese, British, Australian, and many other nations' comedies adapted for an American audience. The shows that have aired most recently, aren't necessarily the best, but they do make for amazing television!

Which are the best US versions of international comedies? Don't forget to add any American versions of foreign comedy series that we might have missed and vote up your favorite below!

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer

Based onThe Office, United Kingdom

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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Yael Grobglas

Based onJuana la virgen, Venezuela

Jane the Virgin (The CW, 2014) is an American satirical romantic comedy-drama telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman. A working, religious young Latina virgin (Gina Rodriguez) becomes ...more
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Queer as Folk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, Randy Harrison

Based onQueer as Folk, United Kingdom

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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Wilfred is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann

Based onWilfred, Australia

Wilfred is a US remake of a previous Austrailian show by the same name, starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann.
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Ugly Betty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana

Based onYo soy Betty, la fea, Colombia

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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Based onShameless, United Kingdom

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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The Ex List is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Elizabeth Reaser, Rachel Boston, Adam Rothenberg

Based onThe Mythological X, Israel

The Ex List is an American comedy-drama television series based on the Israeli series The Mythological X created and written by Sigal Avin. The Americanized version, developed by Diane Ruggiero ...more
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Thank God You're Here is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Thank God You're Here Claudia Winkleman

Based onThank God You're Here, Australia

Thank God You're Here was a improvisational comedy game show based on the original Australian show with the same name. In the show, four guests are placed into a scene they have no knowledge ...more
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Rake is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Greg Kinnear, Joanne Baron, David Harbour

Based onRake, United Kingdom

Rake is an American comedy-drama television series that is an adaptation of the Australian series of the same name, both of which are created by Peter Duncan. Duncan served as series producer ...more
10
The Inbetweeners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Mark L. Young, Joey Pollari

Based onThe Inbetweeners, United Kingdom

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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No Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Joshua Sasse, Tori Anderson, Jonathan Langdon

Based onComo Aproveitar o Fim do Mundo, Brazil

No Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) follows a bored Seattle middle manager, Evie (Tori Anderson), who meets a free-spirited guy, Xavier (Josua Sasse). When he tells her the world will end in eight months ...more
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MXC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Beat Kitano, Mary Scheer, John Cervenka

Based onTakeshi's Castle, Japan

MXC is an American comedy television program that aired on Spike TV from 2003 to 2007. It is a re-edit of footage from the Japanese game show Takeshi's Castle which originally aired in Japan ...more
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Kath & Kim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Selma Blair, Molly Shannon, John Michael Higgins

Based onKath & Kim, Australia

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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Coupling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Julie Benz, Lindsay Price, Rena Sofer

Based onCoupling, United Kingdom

Coupling is a 2003 American remake of the British television sitcom of the same title, which aired on NBC.
15
Viva Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Mädchen Amick, Eric Winter, Carter Jenkins

Based onBlackpool, United Kingdom

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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Splitting Up Together is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Versions of International Comedy Series
Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson, Bobby Lee

Based on: Bedre skilt end aldrig, Denmark

Splitting Up Together (ABC, 2018) is an American sitcom developed by Emily Kapnek, based on the Danish sitcom. In the midst of their divorce, Lena (Jenna Fischer) and Martin (Oliver Hudson) are ...more