Drama and television have been together since Farnsworth first fired up his invention, but good drama TV isn't limited to the United States and Hollywood alone. In fact, there are dozens of amazing television dramas that air in the United States based on TV series created overseas. International dramas have been ported over to the United States for decades, but it isn't always clear if an American drama has an international origin, and you may be surprised to learn that some of your all-time favorites didn't start in the States.
Good dramas are loved equally on either side of the pond, which is how the U.S. has versions of Korean, Japanese, British, Australian, and many other nations' dramas 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 dramas? Don't forget to add any American versions of foreign drama series that we might have missed and vote up your favorite below!
Based on: Good Doctor, South KoreaThe 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
Based on: The Returned, FranceThe Returned is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Carlton Cuse as an adaptation of the French series Les Revenants, which was broadcast internationally with the title ...more
Based on: Eleventh Hour, United kingdomEleventh 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
Based on: Euphoria, IsraelEuphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
Based on: Outrageous Fortune, New ZealandScoundrels is an American television series that aired on the ABC network. It is based on the New Zealand TV series Outrageous Fortune. The one-hour comedy-drama premiered on Sunday, June 20, ...more
Based on: Øyevitne, Norway