Game Shows The Best US Versions of International Game Shows  

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

While the game show as a genre has its roots in the United States history of broadcast TV, that doesn't mean the format hasn't made its way to other countries. In fact, there are dozens of amazing game shows that air in the United States based on different series created overseas. International game shows have been ported over to the United States for decades, but it isn't always clear if an American game show has an international origin or is a fully New World idea. Even America's Funniest Home Videos is based on a Japanese series!

Since the original concept for game shows first skipped across the pond, many new ideas have returned as a reward, which is how the US has versions of Korean, Japanese, British, Australian, and many other nations' game shows adapted for an American audience. The shows that have aired most recently aren't necessarily the best game shows of all time, but they do make for amazing, current and competitive television that is way easier to see than shows from other countries.

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

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Fear Factor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Joe Rogan

Based onFear Factor, The Netherlands

Fear Factor is an American stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was cancelled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, ...more
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The Voice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly

Based onThe Voice of Holland, The Netherlands

The Voice is an American reality television singing competition broadcast on NBC. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, the concept of the series is to find new singing talent contested by ...more
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Iron Chef America is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Bill Murray, Anderson Cooper, Giada De Laurentiis

Based onIron Chef, Japan

Iron Chef America: The Series is an American cooking show based on Fuji Television's Iron Chef, and is the second American adaptation of the series, following the failed Iron Chef USA. The show ...more
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Based onBig Brother, The Netherlands

Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more
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BrainSurge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Lilly Petruzzi

Based onBrain Survivor, Japan

BrainSurge is an American children's game show aired on Nickelodeon hosted by Jeff Sutphen. The show taped its first season in February 2009, and debuted on September 28, 2009. The show's format ...more
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Gameshow Marathon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based on: Ant and Dec's Gameshow Marathon, United Kingdom

Game$how Marathon is an American television program which aired on CBS from May 31, 2006 to June 29, 2006. It is based on the UK series Ant & Dec's Gameshow Marathon which aired on ITV in ...more
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Hell's Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Gordon Ramsay, Jean Philippe Susilovic, Scott Leibfried

Based onHell's Kitchen, United Kingdom

Hell's Kitchen (Fox, 2005) is an American reality competition television series based on the British series. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring young chefs through rigorous cooking ...more
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Dancing with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Based onStrictly Come Dancing, United Kingdom

Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more
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America's Funniest Home Videos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell, Bob Saget

Based onFun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan, Japan

America's Funniest Home Videos is an American reality television program airing on ABC, which features humorous homemade videos that are submitted by viewers. The most common videos feature ...more
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American Idol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest

Based on : Pop Idol, United Kingdom

American Idol is an American singing competition series created by Simon Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, and is distributed by FremantleMedia North America. It began airing on Fox on ...more
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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

Based onMiljoenenjach, The Netherlands

Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The ...more
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American Ninja Warrior is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Matt Iseman, Jenn Brown, Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

Based on : Sasuke, Japan

American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty ...more
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Dog Eat Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Brooke Burns

Based on Dog Eat Dog, United Kingdom

Dog Eat Dog is an American game show, which originally ran from June 17, 2002, to August 26, 2003. It is loosely based on the UK version of the show by the same name. It is hosted by Brooke ...more
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Cash Cab is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based onCash Cab, United Kingdom

Cash Cab is a TV game show devised by Adam Wood that originated in the United Kingdom and has been licensed to television networks in numerous other countries. Passengers in a specially ...more
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The Masked Singer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Nick Cannon

Based onKing of Mask Singer, South Korea

The Masked Singer (Fox, 2019) is an American reality competition series based on the South Korean show King of Mask Singer. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show features celebrities singing in a ...more
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Keep It Spotless is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Melissa Vanderschyff

Based onSpotless, United Kingdom

Keep It Spotless (Nickelodeon, 2018) is an American competition television series created by Simon Crossley. Presented by Melissa Vanderschyff, the show features children contestants competing ...more
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Skating with the Stars is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based onDancing on Ice, United Kingdom

Skating with the Stars is an American reality competition that aired on ABC from November 22, to December 21, 2010. Skating with the Stars features celebrities paired with professionals from the ...more
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The Four: Battle for Stardom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Fergie, Sean Combs, DJ Khaled

Based onThe Final Four, Israel

The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox, 2018) is an American reality television music competition show hosted by Fergie with judges Sean Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, and Charlie Walk. ...more
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Splash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based onCelebrity Splash, The Netherlands

Splash is an American reality competition series broadcast on ABC, based on the Celebrity Splash! format created by Dutch company Eyeworks. It aired from March 19 to May 7, 2013. Steve Foley and ...more
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The Chase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
Bradley Walsh

Based onThe Chase, United Kingdom

The Chase is a British television quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh. Contestants play against an opponent, known as the "Chaser", who plays for the bank. The ...more
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The Winner Is is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
The Winner Is

Based onThe Winner Is..., The Netherlands

The Winner Is is an American vocal game show that airs on NBC. Hosted by Nick Lachey, the seven-episode series features singers of all ages who will compete for a chance to win $1,000,000. The ...more
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MXC is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
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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Killer Karaoke is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based onSpotless, United Kingdom

Killer Karaoke is an American game show broadcast on the truTV cable channel. The series debuted on November 23, 2012 and features contestants attempting to sing in front of a live studio ...more
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That's My Dog is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows
That's My Dog Wil Shriner

Based onThat's My Dog, United Kingdom

That's My Dog! is a television game show which aired on The Family Channel in the United States. Two families and their dogs competed for prizes in games and stunts oriented toward the dogs. It ...more
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Million Dollar Money Drop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Versions of International Game Shows

Based on: The Million Pound Drop, United Kingdom

Million Dollar Money Drop is an American game show which aired on Fox in the United States and Canada. It is based on the UK series The Million Pound Drop Live. However, unlike the original UK ...more