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The Best US Versions of International Drama Series  

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

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!

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The Killing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

Based onForbrydelsen, Denmark

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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Based onPrisoners of War, Israel

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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Jane the Virgin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama 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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

Based onHouse of Cards, United Kingdom

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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama 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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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy

Based onLife on Mars, United Kingdom

Life on Mars is a science fiction drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Based onGood Doctor, South Korea

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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley

Based onReal Humans, Sweden

Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more
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The Returned is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino, Michelle Forbes

Based onThe Returned, France

The 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
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Rake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Greg Kinnear, Joanne Baron, David Harbour

Based onRake, Australia

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
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The Ex List is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama 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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Containment is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Chris Wood, Claudia Black , David Gyasi

Based onCordon, Belgium

Containment (The CW, 2015) is an American medical and speculative drama television series based on the Belgian television series Cordon. The show follows an epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, ...more
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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Rufus Sewell, Marley Shelton, Omar Benson Miller

Based onEleventh Hour, United kingdom

Eleventh 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
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Skins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Sofia Black D'Elia, Daniel Flaherty, Eleanor Zichy

Based onSkins, United Kingdom

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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In Treatment is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Forbes

Based onBeTipul, Israel

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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Hostages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Billy Brown, Dylan McDermott, Toni Collette

Based onHostages, Israel

Hostages is an American drama television series that aired on CBS as part of the 2013–14 American television season. Developed for American television by Alon Aranya and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, it ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Based on: Euphoria, Israel

Euphoria (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
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Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Scoundrels Virginia Madsen, Leven Rambin, Vanessa Marano

Based onOutrageous Fortune, New Zealand

Scoundrels 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
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I Am Frankie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Alex Hook, Uriel Baldesco, Armani Barrett

Based onYo soy Franky, Colombia

I Am Frankie (Nickelodeon, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Marcela Citterio. Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook), an android, pretends to be a regular high school student, while ...more
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Viva Laughlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama 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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Dangerous Women is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Lynn Hamilton, Katherine Justice, Melanie Vincz

Based onPrisoner, Australia

Dangerous Women is a syndicated nighttime American soap opera about a group of women who served time in prison together. It was created and written by Reg Watson and produced by Reg Grundy ...more
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Gracepoint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Nick Nolte, David Tennant, Jessica Lucas

Based onBroadchurch, United Kingdom

Gracepoint is an American crime drama television series created by Chris Chibnall. It is a remake of Chibnall's UK drama series Broadchurch, and also stars that series' lead, David Tennant, ...more
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Eyewitness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Eyewitness Julianne Nicholson, Tyler Young, James Paxton

Based onØyevitne, Norway

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The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Dag Malmberg

Based onThe Bridge, Sweden

The Bridge (FX, 2013) is an American drama television series developed by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid. Two police detectives try to capture someone who is operating in both the US and Mexico ...more
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Killer Women is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Versions of International Drama Series
Tricia Helfer, Michael Trucco, Marc Blucas

Based onMujeres Asesinas, Argentina

Killer Women is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from January 7 to February 18, 2014. The series is based on the Argentine crime drama Mujeres Asesinas, which was ...more